Dental Treatment Under General Anesthesia

Your child has been recommended to receive dental treatment under general anesthesia. This is done because it has been determined that the child either (1) would not be able to safely receive dental treatment any other way due to anxiety, movement, or medical conditions; or (2) the number of teeth needing treatment necessitates multiple dental visits, after which the child might develop a strong dislike to the dental environment. It is not a decision that was made lightly due to the cost and risks involved, but you understand that this is the safest and best way to take care of your child's dental needs.
General anesthesia is extremely safe and effective if pre-operative instructions are followed. Millions of cases are done across the United States and around the world every year, and the chances of a child having an adverse outcome is extremely rare. We work with anesthesiologists who has had extensive experience working in hospital operating rooms and in dental offices. We are determined and dedicated to make the experience as safe and pleasant as possible.
Depending on the time of your appointment, below are the dietary restrictions. This of it as a "count down" to a healthy mouth.
  • Last time the child can have solid food -- 8 hours before appointed time.
  • Milk, formula, or "cloudy liquids" such as orange juice -- 6 hours before.
  • Breast milk -- 4 hours.
  • Clear liquids (water, soda, etc.) -- 2 hours.
If the child has eaten or drank inside the time limits your appointment will be cancelled because life-threatening complications may occur.
Please plan on arriving at Storybook Dental on time and with two adults. When the procedure is over, it is extremely beneficial to have one adult drive and another sit with the child. Our office address is:
2115 SE 192nd Avenue, Suite 106
Camas, WA 98607
We will reach out to you to confirm your appointment a week before and again at least a day or two before. Please confirm with us. Failure to show up for appointment may result in a 5 to 10 week delay in your child obtaining the dental care he needs.
If there are any questions or concerns please contact Dr. Hsu. We do not want you to proceed with something you are not comfortable with. Thank you!