Most people don’t exactly enjoy going to the dentist. In fact, a large percentage of adults have a dental phobia of dental procedures. However, it appears that many adults develop their fear from experiences undergone during their younger years. Besides, children have a much harder time facing their fears to undertake their dental treatment.
Children and patients with severe dental phobia usually need more than just sedation. That alternative is general anesthesia, which is used for the majority of medical procedures at hospitals.
General anesthesia usually is administered by an anesthesiologist, and it helps to induce a state of unconsciousness in a patient who will not remember or feel anything during the procedure. In addition, the patient will remain still without any movements. The anesthesiologist will continue monitoring the patient and ensure that they stay safe until the patient emerges from the effects of anesthesia.
When can you use General Anesthesia for Dental Care?
General Anesthesia can be used in the following instances:
- When there is a need for large or extensive treatments to be performed.
- If the patients are uncooperative or suffer from extreme dental anxiety.
- Patients who have special healthcare requirements such as Autism
- It is also helpful in young patients who are unwilling to cooperate during the procedures.
- When the other forms of sedation, such as oral sedatives or laughing gas, have failed to get the desired effects.
What Happens During General Anesthesia?
As a first step, the patient and their family should consult with the dentist and the anesthesiologist a day before the surgery. During this consultation, a decision can be taken if general anesthesia is required for the procedure. If it is necessary, then the anesthesiologist will discuss the selection of general anesthesia for dental care and ensure that you are quite healthy and fit enough for the sedation. Besides, the anesthesiologist will also give you a quick review of the risks and benefits associated with anesthesia and list out the pre and post-operative instructions.
On the appointed day of surgery, your anesthesiologist will once again monitor you to make sure that you are healthy and fit for being administered with anesthesia. All of your queries will be answered by the anesthesiologist. General anesthesia can be given in several ways, such as through IV, by breathing through a mask, or through an injection. Once asleep, an IV is placed, and an endotracheal tube is inserted. The endotracheal tube works like an apparatus, allowing the patient to breathe and protecting the airway when the dental work is being done. The patient will be completely unconscious, feeling no pain. Their muscles will be relaxed and will have no memory from the procedure.
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