Parent Guide - Safety

We care about your child’s dental health, but nothing is more important than your child’s safety. We do not compromise on any potential situation that could increase risks to your child. In our 23 years of serving children, every one of our thousands of patients have completed their general anesthesia experience safely.

A physical examination is often required by your child’s dental office prior to dental care. This physical examination provides information to ensure the safety of the general anesthesia procedure. Your pediatric dentist will advise you about evaluation appointments that are required.

Parents are instructed to report to the pediatric dentist any illness that occurs prior to the general anesthesia appointment. It may be necessary to reschedule the appointment. It is very important to follow instructions regarding pre-operative fasting from fluids and foods. Your child should not have anything to eat or drink after 10:00 pm the night before the appointment. That also means no water or brushing teeth.

Usually patients are tired following general anesthesia. Your child will be discharged when they’ve opened their eyes and you are ready to depart. You will be instructed to let your child rest at home with minimal activity planned until the next day. Post-operative dietary recommendations will also be given.