General anesthesia is indicated as a method of treatment in a variety of situations:
- A younger child who has multiple cavities
- A child or young adult who requires extractions
- An individual who has had an unpleasant past medical or dental experience
- The individual presents with a medical condition affecting their ability to participate safely
- The patient presents with a facial infection (swollen face)
The way we make it safe:
- The team: Two doctors and three assistants with one patient.
- IV: Placed after the child is sedated and thus the child will not be scared by a needle. The IV is then removed prior to the child waking up.
- Cameras: A camera is placed in the mouth to guide the tube without causing injury to the throat. An additional camera is utilized throughout the mouth to detect cavities and record treatment. These pictures are presented to the family at the one week post-op appointment.
- Breathing: While asleep, the child will be breathing normally on his/her own. A tube is secured in the throat to prevent water and debris from getting into the lungs during the dental procedure. This is commonly compared to a snorkel, but while sleeping, instead of swimming.
- Anesthesiologist: This highly trained doctor is present throughout the entire process, from sedation to waking up.
Dr. Kevin Dincher
Dr. Kevin Dincher is a native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University with a major in Biology. After graduating Penn State he earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. It is at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine where Dr. Dincher was introduced to anesthesia. He became dedicated to expanding patient access to care by providing anesthesia services and pursuing his dream. Dr. Dincher completed a post-doctoral residency program at Stony Brook University Hospital in NY, a trauma center featuring over 24 operating rooms, receiving extensive training in medical anesthesiology.
During residency training Dr. Dincher received specialty training treating pediatric, special needs, and phobic patients. He administered anesthesia for 100s of patients undergoing dental, maxillofacial, and ENT procedures. This training consisted of hospital-based as well as private office-based cases.
After matriculation through residency, Dr. Dincher moved to State College, Pennsylvania and established an office-based anesthesia practice. This practice focuses on providing all levels of anesthesia to pediatric, special needs, and phobic patients across Pennsylvania.
Dr. Dincher is a member of the American Society of Dental Anesthesia, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the Pennsylvania Dental Association. Dr. Dincher is board-eligible through the American Society of Dental Anesthesia.
Outside of work Dr. Dincher enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hunting/fishing, and going to sporting events.
Click here to visit Dr. Dincher's website.