General anesthesia may be required for young children who cannot comfortably complete care in the dental office or for children with special health needs. This method is often used in cases where an extended procedure needs to be performed or the child simply cannot relax for treatment.
When general anesthesia is performed the patient will not be responsive to sounds, smells, or touch. It is best to discuss the risks, benefits and alternatives to treatment with your dentist, pediatrician and anesthesiologist.
Our children’s dentist offices in Belleville, Glen Carbon, and O’Fallon Illinois recommend general anesthesia on a case-by-case basis. Individuals who may benefit from sedation dentistry may include:
- Patients with a pronounced gag reflex
- Patients who are extremely apprehensive
- Patients who require extensive dental treatment
- Patients who have had previous negative dental experiences
- Patients who find the sounds, sensations, or smells of dentistry upsetting
About Associated Pediatric Dentistry
If you have any questions about dental care for your child, please don’t hesitate to call one of our office locations today!
You need a pediatric dentist that puts your child’s best interests first. Associated Pediatric Dentistry (APD) is a dental practice specializing in the treatment of infants, children, adolescents, and special needs patients. We love kids, and we’re dedicated to delivering an excellent dental experience for your child.
Serving the Metro East since 1979, APD has three convenient locations in Belleville, Glen Carbon, and O’Fallon. We specialize in delivering the highest quality dental care to children in a fun and safe environment!
Our mission is to provide the highest quality specialized pediatric dental care to children in Southern Illinois. We create a fun and safe environment where all children can have their dental needs met. Our vision is to serve communities in the Metro East for generations, helping children create healthy dental habits that will last a lifetime.
We have been in practice for over 40 years and we are determined to continue to help children of all abilities maintain healthy oral habits for years to come.