General Anesthesia Sedation
Dental experts have used general anesthesia since the 1840s. While most dental procedures don’t need it, it allows patients with dental anxiety or other forms of anxiety to undergo invasive dental treatment without any problems.
Patients won’t experience any fear or anxiety when they’re unconscious. Because of this, we utilize general anesthesia not only for patients who need complicated dental work done, but also sometimes for children and adults who suffer from severe dental anxiety.
General Anesthesia in Dentistry
The type of general anesthesia used for dental work is usually not as invasive than its counterparts in the rest of the medical world. In comparison to other forms of surgery, oral surgery usually doesn’t need paralytic drugs, and we can administer it without the need of an intubation tube that aids breathing.
On the other hand, general anesthesia in dentistry resembles that which is used in other medical fields in that it renders the patient completely unconscious and unable to feel pain during the surgery.
Procedure for General Anesthesia
General anesthesia is not the name of the drug that is used for the procedure. General anesthesia refers to a combination of powerful drugs that make the patient enter a state of mind, similar to sleep. We administer these drugs in the form of injections or as an inhalant.
Please keep in mind that if you are to receive general anesthesia, you will experience the effects for several hours. For this reason, you must arrange for someone to pick you up from our office after the procedure is done. You should also arrange for aftercare in the hours following. If you cannot make appropriate accommodations, then we can arrange for you to have an extended stay at the office to make sure you recover from the drugs completely.
What You Should Know
Like all medications and procedures, general anesthesia has a risk involved. Even if the drugs used do not contain paralyzing agents, any form of anesthesia will carry the risk of restricting your pulmonary and cardiac function. Fortunately, the most recent methods of this treatment usually have a safe outcome in the overwhelming majority of cases.
Nevertheless, Dr. Eshraghi will go over the details of the procedure with you thoroughly and make every possible precaution during your consultation. During this consultation, we will go over your entire medical history and take note of any medications you are using, both over-the-counter and prescription. If you have any allergic reactions to medicine or any medical conditions, you must also disclose them at this time.
Even though the odds of getting serious side effects from general anesthesia are low, we want to ensure that you are adequately informed about this procedure. If the risk is unreasonably high, we will find an alternative. Because your safety is foremost.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.