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Anesthesia and Oral Surgery


Posted on 12/27/2015 by Dr. Michael Allard
A woman undergoing sedation dentistry.When it comes to oral surgery and anesthesia they go together like peanut butter and jelly, where you can have one without the other but it will not be good. Oral surgeons perform a wide variety of dental procedures including (but certainly not limited to) facial reconstruction, dental implants, and tooth extraction. Where any and all of these procedures will require some form of anesthesia, for your added comfort.

The act of "going under" tends to cause some patients anxiety and that is okay. Properly educating yourself on the different types of anesthesia and their uses, however can help to reduce some of these anxieties.

What is General Anesthesia?

General anesthesia is administered to medically induce loss of consciousness and feeling. The main purposes for general anesthesia are:

•  Amnesia or loss of memory
•  Analgesia or lack of ability to feel pain
•  Immobility
•  Muscle and skeletal relaxation
•  Unconsciousness

Does Anesthesia Have Side Effects?

Other than the intended side effects mentioned above, anesthesia has a few common side effects, including sore throat, nausea, shivering and sleepiness.

Is Anesthesia Safe?

There has been much advancement in the way of anesthesia in the past 25 years that have lower any related risk associated with anesthesia to next to none. There are increased risks associated with certain conditions such as obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure. It is therefore very important that you review your medical history in its entirety with your oral surgeon.

Take Note
Before you have a procedure that requires anesthesia administration, you should take note that:

•  You should not eat or drink anything up to 8 hours before the surgery
•  Be sure to arrange plans for someone to pick you up after your procedure
•  Wait 24 hours to operate any kind of machinery after surgery
•  Do not wear any unnecessary jewelry, dentures or contacts on the day of surgery
•  Skip the makeup
•  Be sure to tell your surgeon if you have any illness at the time, including a common cold or flu

Please contact us if you have any questions about anesthesia.
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