General Anesthesia as a method for treatment:
Many of our patients are referred to our office because of the amount and complexity of their dental and behavioral needs. Dr. Mourady’s philosophy in treating children that are unable to tolerate treatment in the office setting includes general anesthesia. Because Dr. Mourady does not restrain children for treatment or provide oral sedation in the office, she provides treatment in a safe, operating room setting at Surgical center as Outpatient. The most important outcome from taking your child this route in treatment is that he or she will receive all treatment in one visit, pain-free, and memory-free.
The surgical center is located in greenwood village. There are no residents, only attending doctors, like Dr. Mourady. The staff is wonderful, and will help guide you the process as they understand it is an anxious time for parents and patients. Dr. Mourady will meet with parents prior to and after surgery. One parent may be with your child up through the time when they place him/her under general anesthesia only. An anesthesiologist will be monitoring your child through the surgery, so they will be safe. The entire process from arrival through departure is several hours, this will depend on the needs of your child. Your child will return home with you and by evening should have returned to their normal selves.
Once your child’s mouth is back to healthy, we will do our best to help you keep them that way. Two weeks after the surgery Dr. Mourady would like a follow-up examination to ensure your child is healing as they should. At that visit we will also review diet, and oral hygiene and provide you with everything you need to keep your child’s healthy smile!
Is general anesthesia safe?
Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it is safe when administered by an appropriately trained individual in an appropriately equipped facility. Many precautions are taken to provide safety for the child during general anesthesia care. Patients are monitored closely during the general anesthesia procedure by personnel who are trained to manage complications. Your pediatric dentist will discuss the benefits and risks involved in general anesthesia and why it is recommended for your child.
Why would a child need general anesthesia just to have teeth fixed?
Without treatment dental caries can adversely affect learning, communication, nutrition, and other activities necessary for normal growth and development of your child. When a child with disabilities needs extensive dental treatment, general anesthesia is an accepted standard of care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services support this standard. General Anesthesia is also an accepted standard of care for situations involving children who have limited comprehension or children who are extremely uncooperative and require dental care that is technically difficult or sensitive to deliver.
General Anesthesia Policies
If Dr. Mourady has recommended that your child receive dental treatment under General Anesthesia, you will work directly with our Front Office Coordinator. She will assist you in scheduling, insurance billing, coordinating with the surgical Center, scheduling post op care and, of course, answering any questions you may have in regard to this special care.
Dr. Mourady has block time at the surgical center two days/ month for our General Anesthesia patients. The co-pay for your child’s visit is due one week prior to their appointment. Our fees do not change whether we are in our office or in the surgical center, however you should be aware that there is an added cost from the surgical center for the Operating Room, Anesthesiologist, etc… Your medical insurance should help cover these costs. Once the appointment is scheduled, you will want to schedule your child's pre-operative appointment with his/her Pediatrician. This appointment must be performed within 7 days before the General Anesthesia appointment.