General anaesthesia is a state of unconsciousness where you do not feel any pain. It is occasionally used during certain types of dental procedures.
It is usually accomplished using a combination of common intravenous medications and inhaled gases. This type of unconscious state is always administered and closely monitored by a qualified doctor who has been specially trained in this area.
Is general anaesthesia safe?
General anaesthesia is generally accepted to be a very safe treatment. There are, of course, some risks associated with it. Certain medical conditions and medications may increase your risk of complications.
Does Park Lawn offer general anaesthesia during dental procedures?
Yes! For the convenience of our patients, an anaesthesiologist attends our office quarterly to offer general anaesthesia during dental procedures in our office.
How will I prepare for general anaesthesia?
Since receiving anaesthetic treatment will relax the muscles that stop the contents of your stomach from travelling up your oesophagus and into your respiratory system, it is very important not to eat anything for at least 6 hours before you undergo treatment. You may be permitted to drink clear fluids for up to a few hours before your procedure. You should advise our team if you normally take medications. You may need to stop taking medications prior to treatment. Some medications will be fine to continue up to treatment.
How will I feel after I wake up from anaesthetic?
When you begin to wake up, you may feel groggy and sleepy. Other common side effects include nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, and a sore or hoarse throat.
Will I need to arrange someone else to drive me home?
Yes. You will need to have someone with you who is able to help keep you steady while walking to your vehicle and to drive you home. You should also have someone with you when you first get home to care for your needs and monitor your condition in case of complications.