If your child needs to undergo a medical or surgical procedure, it’s important to understand what type of anesthesia he or she may need. The expert anesthesiologists at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC, make sure each child is given the appropriate medication to avoid or minimize pain, and are available to answer any questions you may have.
If your child must have a surgical procedure, chances are they will be administered general anesthesia, which places him or her under sedation, unable to feel any pain.
Our pediatric anesthesiologists know the amount of anesthesiology medicine administered to a child is very different from that of an adult. They will monitor your child throughout the procedure, administering the appropriate amount of medication to keep him or her sedated in one of three levels of sedation:
General anesthesia is administered through an intravenous catheter (IV).
Before your child goes in for a procedure, it’s helpful to understand the effects of anesthesia. Read more about anesthesia.