I’ve heard that anesthesia may be bad for my child’s development…

The evidence is inconclusive and it is not well understood how anesthesia may affect your child. You must discuss with your dentist the risks of delaying treatment and balance those against the risks of anesthesia. What we do know is that dental infection is a problem that does not go away on its own and will definitely impact your child’s life. Please read this consensus statement.

[12-14-2016] FDA statement about use of general anesthetics in young children: FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA review results in new warnings about using general anesthetics and sedation drugs in young children and pregnant women. Of note, this warning applies to ALL commonly used anesthesia medications regardless of their method of action.

[03-02-2017] Canadian article about FDA statement: What parents should know about GA in toddlers

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