If Dental Treatment Requires Anesthesia

In some circumstances, dental treatment for children is performed under general anesthesia. At Children's, anesthesia is managed by experts called pediatric anesthesiologists.

Pediatric anesthesiologists are specialists in providing anesthesia to children of all ages. Pediatric anesthesiologists complete medical school, four years of internship and residency training, and at least one year of additional training in pediatrics and anesthesiology. Their goal is to make sure your child is comfortable during such procedures, and to manage your child's anxiety and pain.

General anesthesia may be recommended for dental patients who:

  • Are very young
  • Have developmental disabilities
  • Have complex medical issues
  • Have certain medical conditions
  • Require a great deal of dental work in one visit

Pediatric dental services under anesthesia include:

  • Cleanings
  • Extractions
  • Restorations
  • Root canals
  • Sealants
  • X-rays

To find a pediatric dentist who can discuss this approach with you in more detail, visit Find a Doctor.