General anaesthetic for children in London

There are a variety of reasons for using general anaesthesia (GA) as a part of dental care for children, but the most common scenario is the need for multiple extractions in a young child or the presence of high levels of dental anxiety or learning disabilities. Although dental treatment under GA may be carried out for other reasons - for example, the removal of impacted teeth or acute trauma management - treatment for dental caries is the primary reason for a dental GA.

For children who are very anxious, pre-co-operative, or have special needs and patients who cannot be treated in a conventional setting, we offer a GA at Happy Kids Dental.

If we recommend a GA for your child, we will provide you - the parent or carer - with comprehensive support for helping your child before and after their procedure.

What is General Anaesthesia?

GA is a controlled state of unconsciousness, which ensures that your child is fully asleep and free from any sensation during their procedure. GAs are only given by anaesthetists and are performed in a hospital setting. Anaesthetists are specialist doctors who look after children before, during and after a test or operation and it is their role to ensure children are 'asleep' and safe throughout the test or operation and wake up comfortably at the end.

Why is my child recommended to have treatment under GA?

  1. One of the reasons that your child was recommended GA is because it allows the dentist to carry out lengthy and complex treatments such as teeth requiring surgical removal or exposure.
  2. There could be a number of procedures that need to be performed in a single session and your child’s age or medical status may not allow this to be carried out under oath sedation methods.
  3. It might also be advised due to the co-operative ability of your child, the degree of surgical trauma anticipated, the complexity of the operative procedure or their special-needs status.

No matter the reason - we are here to help.

What is involved in the process?

If your child is recommended to have dental treatment under GA, the first step is to book an initial consultation with one of our consultants at either the Marylebone or Chelsea clinic.

During this comprehensive examination, which takes around an hour, a treatment plan will be formulated and all of your questions about your child’s dental health will be answered.

Where does the treatment take place?

In order to carry out GA safely and effectively, we have partnered with a Harley Street Clinic where the procedure will take place.

The Harley Street Clinic is known as one of the best private hospitals in Europe. Here, world-class complex medical care and surgery is supported by our paediatric intensive care unit, where clinical specialists have access to the most highly advanced medical technology. They share Happy Kids Dental’s holistic ethos for family-centred care, delivered in a state-of- the-art facility by leading consultants and specialists and supported by an expert team of healthcare professionals.

The nearest Tube stations to Harley Street Clinic are:

Regents Park (Bakerloo line); Bond Street (Central and Jubilee lines); Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo and Victoria lines); Baker Street (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines)

Waking up after General Anaesthetic

Fasting before Treatment under General Anaesthesia for Children

When Can My Child Resume To Normal Activities?

What Are The Risks of General Anaesthetic

General Anaesthetic FAQs

Is GA safe for my child?

Anaesthesia and sedation are safer than they have ever been. Paediatric dental anaesthesiologists​ have made it possible for millions of children - even the sickest babies - to undergo surgery. Like any medicine, anaesthetics have associated risks for every person - young and old. Scientists and physicians continue to look at the safety and side effects of all medicines that are used in infants and children.

Have more questions?

If you still have concerns or other questions, please contact our treatment coordinator Dorina, who will be able to answer any additional queries you might have about GA:

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