General Anesthesia

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. Tawadros’ philosophy in treating children that are unable to tolerate treatment in the office setting includes general anesthesia. Because Dr. Tawadros does not restrain children for treatment or provide oral sedation in the office, he provides treatment in a safe, operating room setting at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Outpatient facility. 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.

Children’s outpatient is located in Mason. It is a one-level building that is easy to navigate. There are no residents, only attending doctors, like Dr. Tawadros. The staff is wonderful, and will help guide you the process as they understand it is an anxious time for parents and patients. Dr. Tawadros 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. An anesthesiologist will be monitoring your child through the surgery, so they will be safe. The entire process from arrival through departure is about 6 hours. 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. Tawadros 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!

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. Tawadros has recommended that your child receive dental treatment under General Anesthesia, you will work directly with our Schedule Coordinator. She will assist you in scheduling, insurance billing, coordinating with Cincinnati’s Childrens Hospital Medical Center, scheduling post op care and, of course, answering any questions you may have in regard to this special care.

Dr. Tawadros has block time at Children’s Hospital on the first and fifth Thur sday of each month for our General Anesthesia patients. We typically see patients at the Outpatient facility in Mason. If health issues require your child to have surgery at the Children’s Hospital base downtown, we are able to accommodate. 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 Children’s, however you should be aware that there is an added cost from Children’s Hospital 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 An esthesia appointment.