Surgery Faqs

I need to talk to someone regarding my child's surgery?

Please call any of our offices between the hours of 7:30a-4:30p and ask to speak with a surgery coordinator.  (605) 341-3068 or (605) 494-3068

Will someone call me soon regarding my child's surgery?

A surgery scheduler will NOT place your child on the schedule until they have all the paperwork they are required to have by law.  If your child was not scheduled the day of their appointment, please make sure that we are not waiting on paper work to schedule the surgery.  When paperwork is completed, you may expect a call from a scheduler within 2 weeks.  If you have not received a call please feel free to call any of our offices and ask for a surgery scheduler. (605) 341-3068 or (605) 494-3068.

Why is my child not able to get into surgery sooner?

Every child is placed on the schedule in the order in which their completed paperwork is received. Many things factor into the location in which your child get's placed including:  health history, severity of case, age, weight, insurance, doctor preference and where the patient resides.  If your child is scheduled at a surgery location that only allows a few patients a month, the wait will be substantially longer than a location that we frequent more regularly.  It is always best to let the scheduler know if you would like the next available appointment and that you are available to be placed on our sooner list. 

When and why does my child need to have a physical?

Prior to any patient going under general anesthesia they will be asked to present a Health and Physical form at the time of surgery.  This form will need to be dated no earlier than 29 days prior to surgery.  Everyone wants to make sure your child is healthy and has no other medical issues that would cause any complications during their procedure. 

Why can't my child eat or drink anything before surgery?

Food or liquid in the stomach is very dangerous when a person is put under general anesthesia. When the patient receives general anesthesia, he/she could vomit the food/liquid still in the stomach and this could enter the lungs. This is called aspiration which is a life threatening condition.

What does General Anesthesia mean?

To keep your child safe and comfortable  during a dental procedure, your child’s dentist might decide to use general anesthesia in a surgical setting. General anesthesia makes your child’s whole body go to sleep. It is needed for certain dental procedures and treatments so that his or her reflexes will be completely relaxed. Your child will feel no pain during the procedure, nor have any memory of it.

Should my child brush his/her teeth in the morning before surgery?

No, for their safety we don’t want any risk of your child swallowing water.

Will someone let me know what time to be at surgery?

Yes they will call to confirm the time, location and answer any questions you may have the day before your scheduled appointment.  If no one has called you or you have any questions please call (605) 341-3068  or (605) 494-3068 and ask for a surgery coordinator.

What do we do the night before surgery?

Make sure your child has a great dinner the night before. It is really important that your child not eat or drink anything after midnight or in the morning of surgery. Remove any nail polish from your child. It is recommended that they bathe the night before surgery.

How do we dress for surgery?

Dress in comfortable loose fitting clothing, short  sleeves are preferred. We suggest pajamas or sweats, no one piece pajamas.   Feel free to bring a favorite toy or blanket and an extra set of clothes, in case of an accident.

What to expect when you arrive at the surgery center:

You will be greeted by a staff member and the admission process will be completed. You will meet with the nurse, and then your child will be escorted to the area the surgery will be performed. Because your child will be put to sleep using anesthesia a parent or guardian must remain inside the surgery center for the duration of the appointment. Be prepared to be at the surgery center up to half a day.

After surgery?

When the surgery is complete your child will be moved to the recovery area. Once your child is awake, the nurse will invite you back to sit with your child. A nurse will monitor your child's recovery.  When your child meets the discharge criteria, the nurse will complete the check- out process and give you instructions  and information of what to expect that evening. 

Follow-Up appointment

A follow-up appointment may be scheduled for your child before you leave surgery. This appointment will scheduled with the clinic you have your regular visits.