What is general anesthesia in dentistry?
General anesthesia is way of effectively sedate a patient “unconsciousness” to complete dental treatment.
Who should receive general anesthesia?
Children and adults with severe anxiety and/or the inability to relax are candidates for general anesthesia. Usually these patients are young or have compromised health and helping them control their anxiety is not possible using other methods.
Is general anesthesia safe?
An experienced health care provider trained in delivering general anesthesia should do general anesthesia. Many precautions are taken to provide safety for the patient during general anesthesia care. Anesthesia personnel who are trained to manage complications monitor patients closely during the general anesthesia procedure. Your dentist will discuss the benefits and risks involved in general anesthesia and why it is recommended for the treatment.
What special considerations are associated with the general anesthesia appointment?
A physical examination report is usually required prior to a general anesthesia appointment to complete dental care. This physical examination provides information to ensure the safety of the general anesthesia procedure. The trained dentist will advise you about any evaluation appointments that may be requested. There are usually several recommendations for the day of the general anesthesia appointment. Minimal discussion about the appointment may reduce anxiety. It is important not to have a meal before general anesthesia. You will be informed about food and fluid intake guidelines prior to the appointment. If the patient is sick, it may be necessary to arrange another appointment. Usually, following general anesthesia. Patient may wish to return home with minimal activity the next day.
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