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Should a 5 year child undergo general anesthesia for cavity filling if he won't cooperate?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, many children

In my developmental/behavioral practice require conscious sedation or anesthesia for teeth-cleaning or repair by a pediodontist in an outpatient surgery center after a medical & family history & pre-op physical clear them for surgery.
Chronic decay can lead to pain & infection that can get to other organs thru the bloodstream. Pre-op antibiotics are given to kids with structural heart defects.

In brief: Yes, many children

In my developmental/behavioral practice require conscious sedation or anesthesia for teeth-cleaning or repair by a pediodontist in an outpatient surgery center after a medical & family history & pre-op physical clear them for surgery.
Chronic decay can lead to pain & infection that can get to other organs thru the bloodstream. Pre-op antibiotics are given to kids with structural heart defects.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Your choice

If the child won't cooperate with the dentist you will be offered the option of sedation dentistry to handle the problem. This is a very safe thing to do, but it is your choice as to wether it should be done.
You have to weight the risks of anesthesia against the result of not treating the cavity.

In brief: Your choice

If the child won't cooperate with the dentist you will be offered the option of sedation dentistry to handle the problem. This is a very safe thing to do, but it is your choice as to wether it should be done.
You have to weight the risks of anesthesia against the result of not treating the cavity.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Many children with special needs are not able to understand and cooperate for local for filling a cavity or have multiple cavities tat are best addressed under general anesthesia.
Not every child needs such an aggressive approach. It really depends on the child and severity of the problem. This is worth talking with your dentist and pediatrician about.

In brief: Depends

Many children with special needs are not able to understand and cooperate for local for filling a cavity or have multiple cavities tat are best addressed under general anesthesia.
Not every child needs such an aggressive approach. It really depends on the child and severity of the problem. This is worth talking with your dentist and pediatrician about.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, if it's bad

Pediatric dentists bring children to the hospital regularly to do procedures under general anesthesia when it's called for. It's up to your dentist to refer you to a pediatric specialist in this case.
Talk to your dentist about it!

In brief: Yes, if it's bad

Pediatric dentists bring children to the hospital regularly to do procedures under general anesthesia when it's called for. It's up to your dentist to refer you to a pediatric specialist in this case.
Talk to your dentist about it!
Dr. Scott Welker
Dr. Scott Welker
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Dr. Stephen Calendine
Agree that pediatric dentists can do OR dentistry or often times sedation for uncooperative patients in the Dr's. office with an oral cocktail or even nitrous oxide(laughing gas). OR is usually when there are multiple problems to treat
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