Do you have an upcoming oral surgery? Have our oral surgeons informed you that you will be receiving anesthesia during treatment? If so, you probably have some questions. Many people wonder how and why anesthesia is used. Our practice is dedicated to providing our patients with information so that they can feel empowered by their healthcare decisions. General anesthesia during oral surgery is very beneficial when it comes to enjoying a positive and comfortable experience during treatment. Below we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about anesthesia and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
What is general anesthesia exactly?
General anesthesia involves using prescription medications delivered intravenously to induce unconsciousness.
Is anesthesia safe?
When anesthesia is administered, it is done so under very strict protocols and with equipment to monitor vital signs very closely. Moreover, a certified and trained doctor must administer general anesthesia. Since anesthesia is delivered intravenously, the dosage of medication is easily adjustable, which means that medication delivery can be increased or decreased to provide the desired effects.
What are the benefits of anesthesia?
There are numerous benefits to general anesthesia during oral surgery. First, it will prevent patients from feeling discomfort. During surgical procedures that involve the face, neck, and oral cavity, there are abundant nerve endings and sensitive tissue that when treated could produce significant pain without medication. Anesthesia will also eliminate feelings of panic and nervousness since patients will rest peacefully due to the sedating effects of the medication. Lastly, general anesthesia allows our oral surgeons to perform treatment without interruption or obstruction.
What do my oral surgeons need to know about my medical history?
When our team develops your treatment plan, we will need to inquire about your past medical history including any surgeries you have had and whether you have known medication allergies. This information will be collected by asking you questions and reading through your medication records. Since some health conditions can affect the efficacy of medications, we will need to know about any preexisting conditions you might have along with your current medication regimen – including over the counter drugs and supplements.
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