Sometimes people avoid visiting the dentist because of an unpleasant, or traumatic experience; in other cases, people can suffer from major anxiety or fear that hasn't come from trauma; furthermore, some people simply have sensitive teeth and choose not to endure any pain during dental procedures. In any event, a general anaesthetic is a helpful solution that allows fearful or anxious patients to get the care they need without experiencing the pain or worries they may have previously held. Our dentists can often use a general anaesthetic for complicated oral surgery and an array of other services. However, if you have fear or anxiety about an upcoming procedure, you can discuss your options with your National Dental Care dentist.
What is General Anaesthesia?
General anaesthesia refers to a combination of medications that work together to relax your body into a sleep-like state, before services like dental surgery may be required. Although the process can vary, general anaesthesia typically includes a mix of intravenous medication and one or more gasses that you inhale - this is a popular choice for most anxious patients, and parents with children who may be too young to handle more mild sedation techniques.
What to Expect During and After Dental Treatment?
Your anaesthetist will typically deliver the medication through an IV (intravenous line), into your arm or hand; in other situations, you may opt to wear a mask and breathe in gases that help you drift into a sleep-like state. Furthermore, once you fall into a sleep-like state, the anaesthetist may give you a muscle relaxant to help ease your body, and insert a breathing tube in your mouth to ensure you get the oxygen you need during a dental procedure. Your anaesthetist will adjust your medications if needed during this time, and will continuously monitor your breathing, temperature, and blood pressure to ensure they are at safe levels throughout the procedure. If an issue does arise during your procedure, the anaesthetist will address it with medication or fluids.
Once your dentist has completed your dental procedure, your anaesthetist will reverse the medication to slowly wake you up from your sleep. You will likely feel slightly confused and disoriented when you wake, but this feeling will soon fade, and you may continue with your day as planned.
Some common side effects of general anaesthesia can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sore throat, dry mouth, mild laryngitis
- Achy muscles
Some people do experience pain after they awaken from anaesthesia. Your National Dental Care dentist and anaesthetist will discuss your pain and side effects, which vary based on your condition and the exact type of dental procedure that was performed. In some cases, your dentist might provide you with medication to reduce or eliminate pain and sickness.
Contact us today to make an appointment and discuss your dental treatment needs. Learn about your options and let us help you get the dental treatment you need without fear or anxiety.