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General Anesthesia in Dental Treatments: Challenges and Best Practices

By Admin on January 9, 2018 in Blog
General Anesthesia in Dental Treatments

Though the majority of dental procedures can be easily performed without anesthesia, since the 1840’s general anesthesia has been an important part of dental procedures. For complicated dental treatment, dentists may use general anesthesia to ensure that the patient is comfortable and not able to feel any movement inside his or her mouth. It is also recommended for children and adults who experience dental anxiety.

What is General Anesthesia?

General anesthesia uses inhaled gases, also known as anesthetics, and intravenous drugs to make an individual unconscious during a medical procedure. When using general anesthesia, the patient does not feel any type of pain and the brain does not respond to pain signals, keeping the individual comfortable throughout the entire procedure. It is typically used if extensive dental work is required. For more basic dental procedures, other forms of sedation may be used. A few common procedures that may require general anesthesia include wisdom teeth removal, cleft repairs, and extensive oral surgeries, such as placement of implants or removal of pathology.

Challenges of General Anesthesia

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While general anesthesia has its benefits, it also has serious risks for medically compromised patients. It is important to ensure that your dentist is fully aware of your medical history prior to any treatment. The health of the patient is seriously considered before general anesthesia is administered in a Cloverdale dental clinic. There are several health conditions in the patient that can cause serious challenges and may even prohibit administration of general anesthesia. A few common health concerns that increase your risk of a negative outcome include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Allergies
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Conditions
  • Excessive drug and alcohol usage
  • Seizures

Best Practices for General Anesthesia

Before general anesthesia is administered, a detailed health evaluation is given to the patient. When general anesthesia is given to patients, it is typically administered by IV or for our younger patients, through inhalation. Specialists receive extensive training to administer general anesthesia and know how to care for a person under its influence. While a patient is unconscious, they will be carefully monitored to ensure their blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate remain normal.

While general anesthesia has its challenges, it is important to remember it is extremely safe when it is administered by trained professionals in your Etobicoke dental office. At Cloverdale Dental, we understand the risks and know how to properly care for you and your loved ones while receiving extensive, complex dental care.