There is little clinical evidence to support the idea that general anaesthesia exposure results in neurotoxicity in the developing brain. However, you should always try to talk your children into seeing the dentist without going 'under'. More often than not, we can manage children by just walking them through their treatment using simple metaphors and illustrations. Improving homecare and bringing your children to the dentist for routine check-ups will also help. Because if problems are caught early, dental treatments are usually simple and quick and children will tolerate them without having to go 'under'.