Undergoing a major or even a minor medical procedure requires you to be at ease. However, it cannot always be achieved without general anesthesia. Our surgeons, at Surf City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery use the best combination of medications to help you relax while you undergo the required dental procedure.
What is General Anesthesia?
General anesthesia is a combination of inhaled gases and intravenous drugs that put you in a sleep-like state. Since you're completely unconscious, you're unlikely to feel any pain during the procedure. However, it doesn't just put you to sleep.
It works by inhibiting the brain's response to pain signals and reflexes. While you're under anesthesia, your anesthesiologist or dentist will help you manage your breath and will also monitor your body's vital functions.
When is it Necessary?
Your doctor will determine whether or not you need anesthesia based on the type of procedure you're undergoing. Furthermore, individual preferences and overall health are also important factors at play. Procedures that take a long time, result in some form of blood loss, or affect your breathing, usually require a form of anesthesia.
Is General Anesthesia Safe?
In most circumstances, general anesthesia is very safe and can be administered to anyone, even if they have a significant health condition. Even if there is a risk involved, it usually doesn't have anything to do with the type of anesthesia.
Certain conditions can elevate the risk of complications during a surgical procedure. Some of them have to do with smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and drug allergy. Nonetheless, your dentist will ask whether you have had an adverse reaction to anesthesia in the past to determine the right course of action for you.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Using an intravenous line in your arm, your anesthesiologist will deliver the medication. For children, simply putting on a mask works. For adults, once you're asleep, your anesthesiologist may insert a tube down your windpipe. This ensures that your lungs stay protected from blood and other fluids.
Your doctor may also consider using a laryngeal airway mask to help you breathe during surgery. However, the use of any type of anesthesia depends on the duration and the type of surgery. You can expect adjustments in blood pressure, fluids, breathing, and medications during anesthesia administration.
What to Expect After the Procedure
As soon as the surgery is complete, your medical professional will reverse the medication to help you wake up. Feeling confused and groggy is expected right after you wake up.
In rare cases, you may also experience a few side effects, such as dry mouth, nausea, shivering, muscle aches, and sleepiness. Side effects from anesthesia usually depend on the type of procedure and your individual condition.
Questions? Call Us Now For a Consultation
Whether you're about to undergo a minor or major dental surgery, it's important that you know your anesthesia options. For a detailed consultation at Surf City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, call us now at 657-384-2787.