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Recovery After General Anesthesia


A happy patient waking up after surgeryGeneral anesthesia makes the patient unconscious throughout a dental procedure. While almost all dental procedures can be performed while the patient is awake, sometimes the patient will prefer to be asleep.

Some patients feel great discomfort leaving their mouths open for long periods. Others may be afraid of the procedure, and the idea stresses them. They can opt to be asleep for the duration of the dental surgery. They will feel and remember nothing.

Our surgeons at Surf City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will always ensure that proper protocol is followed and a board-certified anesthesiologist is present whenever general anesthesia is administered to patients.

What is General Anesthesia?


General anesthesia is a combination of medicines that put a patient in a sleep-like state before surgery. The medicines are added to an IV drip, and the patient can also breathe anesthetic gases.

The anesthesiologist constantly gauges the perfect dosages necessary to put the patient to sleep. They should also help the patient return to consciousness after the procedure.

If you wish to be comfortably asleep throughout a procedure with us, feel free to discuss with our surgeons, who will first examine your case and advise what’s best for you.

Goals of General Anesthesia


Here are the goals of administering general anesthesia to the patient. Understanding these will help you realize why you were recommended general anesthesia.
•  No memory recollection
•  No consciousness
•  No reflexes like twitching
•  No Pain
•  Complete muscle relaxation

What to Expect While Recovering From General Anesthesia


While being unconscious for the procedure is a relief, when you recover consciousness, you may wonder what’s going on or where you are. You will also face the side effects of the anesthetic medicines used. Here’s what you should expect during recovery from general anesthesia.
•  The anesthesiologist will reorient you. They will let you know where you are and what is going on. Likely, you will not remember or be aware of what just happened.
•  You will be under observation while your vitals and baselines return to normal. You will be observed for any side effects.
•  If you are hypertensive, you will be treated for that by providing fluids or medicine. Other symptoms like nausea will be treated with an anti-emetic.

You don’t need to worry, our surgeons at Surf City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will ensure to take good care of you while you are in this vulnerable state. You can trust the remaining staff will do their best to keep you comfortable. Our surgeons will tell you how to manage pain once the pain-blocking nature of the anesthesia wears off.

Contact Us for a Consultation Today


If you’re apprehensive about being administered general anesthesia during your procedure, schedule an appointment with our surgeons today. They can listen to your concerns and satisfy all your doubts. Call Surf City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 657-384-2787 to schedule an appointment.
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