FAQs Regarding General Anesthesia for Oral Surgery
Here in our office we perform a variety of treatments including dental implants, facial reconstruction and teeth removal. If you have recently been diagnosed with a condition that requires any of these types of treatment, you will likely be required to go under general anesthesia. For some people, impending anesthesia can induce a bit of anxiety. We completely understand what you are feeling and believe that proper education can help put your fears at ease. The following are some of the most common questions our patients have before “going under”.
What exactly is general anesthesia? General anesthesia is a medically induced loss of consciousness (also called coma) that affects your entire body. This administration of a variety of medications is extremely beneficial for both our patients and our oral surgeons.
The purposes of general anesthesia include:
- Analgesia (loss of pain)
- Amnesia (loss of memory)
- Skeletal muscle relaxation.
Is anesthesia safe? Due to many advances over the past 25 years, the risks of anesthesia are very low. Certain types of illnesses, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity, can increase your anesthesia risks. Still, even very sick patients are routinely brought through major operations safely. Adverse events are very rare. The specific risks of anesthesia vary with the particular procedure and the health of the patient. You should ask your oral surgeon about any risks that may be associated with your specific condition.
What should I know before I come in? Before you go to have your procedure completed under general anesthesia, here are a few requirements:
- Have a responsible adult accompany you to drive you home.
- Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to surgery.
- Do not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after surgery.
- Do not wear contact lenses, jewelry, or dentures during the time of your surgery.
- Do not wear excessive makeup, lipstick, or nail polish on day of surgery.
- Make sure to notify your oral surgeon of any illness, cold, sore throat, or upset stomach.
Are there side effects I should be aware of? There are a few different side effects of general anesthesia. The most common are nausea, sore throat, sleepiness, and shivering. However, effects may vary greatly with each patient — it all depends on how your body reacts to it. It’s a good idea to consider any prior experience(s) with general anesthesia to get an idea of to know what to expect during your next oral procedure. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any remaining questions you have. We are happy to answer them!