Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Marita | 2011-08-30



Our little one who is about to turn two has chipped his 2 front teeth. We took him to a peadiatric dentist and he says our only option is to send him into theatre, since it is too close to the nerve. He also saw a third tooth that has some decay on it and says he will repair all the teeth. We are petrified at the idea of sending him into theatre at such a small age. We asked the dentist if he wouldnt consider giving laughing gas, but he said its effect cannot always be predicted on toddlers and that it doesnt take away pain. Do you think it is safe for us to take our little one into theatre?

Expert's Reply



At just 2 years your child should be safe to have an anaesthetic,especially with modern anaesthetics and the expert anaesthetists we are fortunate to have these days.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

user comments


Posted by: Peaches | 2011-09-01

Hi Marita,

My 2 year old had surgery last Friday and acted like nothing happened. The hardest part was that he could not eat or drink from 6.30am. The operation was at 2pm and all he wanted was his bottle! After the operation, he came back to the ward and had milk in his bottle and was content.

Is it necessary to treat the teeth if they are going to fall out anyway?

Best wishes.

Reply to Peaches

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.