What is anesthesia?
We give anesthesia to prevent pain by using a syringe.
Do children always need anesthesia during dental procedures?
Anesthesia may be necessary if we anticipate that the procedure may cause discomfort or pain for the child. The decision to use anesthesia will be made on a case-by-case basis, and we will always discuss and explain the options and risks with parents beforehand.
How long does it take for the anesthesia to take effect?
It usually takes a few minutes for the area to become numb. In the upper jaw it concerns a local anesthetic, this goes quite quickly. In the lower jaw, it takes a little longer.
How long does it take for the anesthesia to wear off?
On average 1.5 to 2 hours.
Does anesthesia work equally well for every patient?
Generally yes. In patients who are very tense or have severe inflammation, the anesthetic may take longer to work.
What can my child expect after getting an injection?
After receiving an injection, your child may experience some discomfort or numbness at the injection site. The numbness typically lasts for about two hours, after which your child’s sensation should return to normal. Your child may also develop a mild swelling or bruise at the injection site. This is a normal and temporary side effect of the injection and will usually disappear on its own within a few days.
To help keep your child comfortable after the treatment, you can give them soft food and avoid hot drinks.
We understand that the idea of anesthesia can be unsettling for parents and their children. That’s why we prioritize using the most gentle techniques possible when administering anesthesia to help your child feel comfortable and safe during the procedure.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.