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)

Important to know:

Your consultant in paediatric dentistry who carried out the initial assessment of your child will be carrying out all treatment under general anaesthesia in the hospital. Both the consultant paediatric dentists who work with us are considered the most highly regarded in children’s dentistry in the UK.

All children having surgery with us will be cared for by a specialist paediatric anaesthetist who is specially trained to give general anaesthetic to children. All our anaesthetists have a minimum of 12 years’ experience and perform these procedures on a regular basis.

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General Anaesthetic FAQs

Is GA safe for my child?

Anaesthesia and sedation are safer than they have ever been. Paediatric dental anaesthetists​ 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.

There are both minor and major risks associated with it. Please watch this video of Doctor Prabhleen describing the various risks of GA
Usually within 24-48 hours, children are ok to resume school and other activities. Doctor Prabhleen answers this question in more detail in this video
Your child can eat normally up to 6 hours before the operation. Children can also drink water up to 1 hour before the operation. Pure milk, yoghurt, smoothies and juices with pulp are not considered drinks in this instance. Please watch this video, which features Doctor Prabhleen answering the question about fasting before GA in more detail.

Specially trained paediatric dental anaesthetists will carefully administer medication to help your child go to sleep, and stay safe and comfortable. Children react to anaesthesia differently to adults. The paediatric anaesthetist will monitor your child's heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and oxygen levels, and adjust their medication as needed. He or she will do whatever is needed to keep your child free of pain and their vital signs stable.

Every child is different, but for most it will take about 3-4 hours for them to wake up. For a more detailed answer to this question, please watch Doctor Prabhleen’s video.

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: coordinator@happykidsdental.co.uk

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