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If a young patient has a particularly hard time with our pediatric dentist, requires a complex treatment, or is extremely un-cooperative, we may recommend administering general anesthesia in Nashville, Tennessee, at their next appointment. Sometimes, children can have dental anxiety so severely that it makes it difficult for Dr. Ed Perdue to work on their smile.

Our team is pleased to be a part of the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where we can safely administer general anesthesia for patients who require this treatment. By providing hospital dentistry, we can offer your family a wider range of services that fit their unique needs.

To help you understand more about general anesthesia, we welcome you to read through the following common questions and answers:

Who should receive general anesthesia?
Children who have special needs, those who have severe anxiety, or the very young who cannot understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion.

Is general anesthesia safe?
Even though there is risk to every type of anesthesia, general anesthesia is safe and effective when administered by an appropriately-trained professional, and with the right type of FDA-approved equipment.

What special considerations are associated with the general anesthesia appointment?
Your child would need a physical exam that would show our pediatric dentist, ensuring that it is physically safe to administer general anesthesia to your child. If your child experiences any illness prior to their appointment, please notify our dentist.

For more information about general dentistry, or to ask any questions not addressed here, please contact us at 615-662-2191. Our hospital dentistry includes having our patients get the treatment they need in a hospital setting, allowing doctors and nurses to monitor your child and take care of them every step of the way. We look forward to your visit with our pediatric dentist soon!

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