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Frequently asked questions about anesthesia
Here in our office we perform a variety of treatments including dental implants. 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, impeding 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." www.implantsolutionsnow.net
What is exactly is general anesthesia?
It's important to remember that general anesthesia is not the name of the drug that's being administered. Instead,
general anesthesia differentiates itself from local anesthesia in that it numbs the body and puts the mind to
sleep. Most commonly given by means of an injection or as an inhalant, general anesthesia describes a mixture
of potent drugs that are used to induce a sleep-like state in those to whom it's given. This administration of a
variety of medications is extremely beneficial for both our patients and our oral surgeons. The side effects
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
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 before 8 hours of 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 procedure.
-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. www.implantsolutionsnow.net
Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any remaining questions you have. We are happy to answer
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