The Safest Solution For Pediatric Anesthesia
Why Does My Child Need Anesthesia?
The fear of pain, the sound of drilling, and separation from parents make many children anxious when they must undergo a dental or medical procedure. Dentists often use nitrous oxide or moderately sedating drinks to ease children’s worries and to make them cooperate. Despite this, some children still will not tolerate any dental procedures. We provide a state-of-the-art surgery center setting, complete with hospital quality anesthesia and monitoring to ensure the comfort and safety of your child.
What is Unique about Our Practice?
Our team is composed of pediatric specialists who are devoted to the safety of your child.
You can rest assured that a Board Certified Physician Anesthesiologist (M.D.) with Fellowship training in Pediatric Anesthesia will provide your child’s anesthetic in a precise manner, ensuring your child is asleep, comfortable, and safe during the whole procedure. MobiSurg provides a hospital quality anesthetic in a unique surgery center setting. Not only can we provide services in your dentist’s or surgeon’s office, we also offer the Pediatric and Specialty Surgery Center of Orange County for your convenience. State of the art monitoring and the latest anesthesia equipment are used together with our professional, credentialed staff to provide the safest anesthesia to your child.
Is Anesthesia Safe for My Child?
We are devoted to the safety of your child. Our anesthetic care is equivalent to that provided at a children’s hospital operating room.
- A Board Certified Physician Anesthesiologist (M.D.) with advanced Fellowship training in pediatric anesthesia
- Your Anesthesiologist is solely devoted to the anesthetic care of your child, and will remain with your child throughout the entire procedure
- Support staff, including nurses and technicians, trained in pediatric care
- Hospital quality equipment and monitoring that are pediatric specific
- Advanced equipment in airway management and resuscitation
- Complete airway protection for your child, ensuring safety and ventilation
- MobiSurg is recognized by the Medical Board of California as a credentialed provider of hospital quality anesthesia
- Nationally accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC), which accredits hospitals and surgery centers for safety
Who Will Administer My Child’s Anesthesia?
A Board Certified Physician Anesthesiologist (M.D.) with Fellowship training in Pediatric Anesthesia will perform all aspects of the anesthetic. Your child will remain under their direct, constant supervision until discharged home. Anesthesia in healthy patients is very safe when performed by an experienced and board-certified physician anesthesiologist in an accredited setting. We specialize in the care of babies and small children and extend this safety and expertise to all of our patients.
What is a Surgery Center Setting?
A surgery center setting refers to the hospital-grade equipment, monitoring, and staff that MobiSurg provides. Our exclusive, state of the art, ultra-compact anesthesia equipment and monitoring transforms the dentist’s or surgeon’s office into a surgery center setting, with safeguards typically available only at hospitals and surgery centers. Our policies and national accreditations ensure the reliability of our organization. Our fully accredited pediatric surgery center in Laguna Hills provides the same level of safety provided in hospital operating rooms. In addition, our surgery center provides a level of personal comfort and privacy that is unsurpassed.
What Should I Expect?
Once your procedure is scheduled you will receive a call to complete a patient history. Any preoperative visits will be scheduled at that time, if necessary. A member of our team will then contact you one or two days before the scheduled procedure to follow up, and to review the eating and drinking instructions. Your anesthesiologist will call you the night before to discuss the details of your child’s personalized anesthesia plan.
On the day of the procedure parents will accompany their child to the procedure area. Your child goes to sleep by taking a few breaths of a sweetly flavored mask while your anesthesiologist tells them a story or sings them a song. We use play therapy and distraction techniques to ensure your child’s comfort. After your child is asleep, you will be escorted to the waiting area while additional monitoring equipment is added, and a child-sized intravenous line is started. The anesthesia is then adjusted to maintain your child’s comfort and safety. Your anesthesiologist will continuously monitor your child throughout the procedure.
At the end of the procedure, we make certain your child is stable and place them back in your arms for recovery. We will remain with you and your child throughout the recovery and until your child is fully awake and ready for discharge. Recovery usually takes about 30 minutes.
What Should I Tell My Child about the Anesthesia?
We make the anesthesia and surgical experience fun and exciting for your child. We use play therapy and distraction techniques, including stories and songs, to ease their anxiety. We encourage parents to be involved with their child’s anesthesia as much as possible and to be present with them during all the times the child is awake.
What you may want to tell your child is specific to their personality and age. You know your child best, but remember not to transfer your anxiety to them before the procedure.
- For infants and toddlers (under 3 years of age), we recommend saying little to nothing and just bringing them to the procedure location where we will tell them a story or sing them a song while they go to sleep in your lap.
- For younger patients (4 years to 7 years of age), you may want to explain the process of sitting in your lap and tell them that they will play a game and take big breaths while blowing the wind away through a bubble gum flavored mask (bubble gum machine), and that they will fall asleep in your arms while the dentist “brushes” away their cavities. Assure them that they will wake up in your arms.
- For older patients (8 years and up), you can be more specific in your descriptions so they do not feel misled. Often, this age group is intrigued and is receptive to our process and to learning more. However, in most cases keeping it simple is the best advice.
We also encourage you to bring an item from home that is comforting to your child such as a small blanket or favorite stuffed animal or toy. Typically, the only thing your child will remember is the first two breaths of the mask before going to sleep. Your child will have no memory of the procedure. After the procedure, your child will be fully awake prior to discharge, but will remember waking up during the drive home.