General anesthesia is a form of deep sedation in which your child is induced into a balanced state of unconsciousness, accompanied by the absence of pain sensation. It is induced through the administration of anesthetic drugs and is used during major surgery and other surgical procedures. General anesthesia is intended to bring about distinct states during surgery:
- analgesia, or pain relief
- amnesia, or loss of memory of the procedure
- loss of consciousness
This is performed by a qualified, properly-trained individual either in our office or in another outpatient facility (for example, Northbank Surgery Center). Again, when this method of treatment is used, it is imperative that your child is healthy and that you prevent your child from having anything to eat or drink from midnight the night before the procedure.
Common Questions About General Anesthesia
- Will my child feel anything during my treatment? No. Your child will be completely asleep when the procedure begins and will have no memory of the procedure.
- Is general anesthesia safe? Yes. A board certified medical anesthesiologist who will be with you during your child’s entire procedure will administer the general anesthetics.
- How long will it take my child to wake up? The time it takes for any medication varies from child to child. Generally, a child may be able to leave the facility within 1-2 hours after completion of treatment.
Again, your child should not go to school or participate in sports or like activities after treatment with conscious sedation for the rest of the day.