General Anesthesia Sedation
Some procedures that involve surgery require the patient to be placed under general anesthesia. For some, a trip to the dentist can be a large undertaking filled with anxiety. We understand that not everyone has had great experiences at the dentist and to those individuals we offer general anesthesia. Whatever the reason, general anesthesia is an extremely useful tool to have at our disposal.
How it WorksGeneral anesthesia refers to any form of sedation where a patient is kept in a state of controlled unconsciousness. When put into such a state the brain doesn’t respond to any pain signals that are sent to it. Further, because the patient is unconscious, they do not feel pain. General anesthesia is usually administered through an intravenous (IV) system but can also be delivered through a mask whereby the patient breathes in the anesthetic.
Is it safe?At Utah Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we only use sedation forms and techniques that have been approved by the American Dental Association. We have a great deal of expertise in the area of general anesthesia and want your experience with us to be as pleasant as possible.
Receiving General AnesthesiaBefore we begin your procedure we will need to gather some information from you on your medical history along with a list of any medications you might be taking. This is a safety precaution that we take very seriously. Administration of the anesthetic comes next, through either an IV or (in the case of people who have issues with needles) a face mask. Once the anesthetic is administered it won’t take long at all before you are in a deep sleep.
In this sleep you won’t be able to feel anything and you will be totally unconscious. Upon waking you may be disoriented or slightly nauseous but we will be there to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. Because the effects of general anesthesia can take a few hours to wear off, it is wise to bring someone to your appointment who can bring you home and make sure you are comfortable. We may also suggest that you sit in our office for a while to recuperate from any lingering side-effects.
We care about your comfort and health and hope that you will give us a call at (801) 224-1200 to discuss your sedation options today!