While helping to improve your oral health and your smile’s appearance through oral surgery, our oral surgeons strive to keep you as comfortable as possible. Often we do this with general anesthesia, which puts the patient to sleep during the procedure and has an amnestic effect so that patients have no memory of the surgery afterward.
After the patient is fitted with state-of-the-art monitors and the IV is in place, the medications to achieve this sedative effect will be delivered intravenously, which allows the patient to slip into a deep, peaceful sleep relatively quickly.
When the surgery is completed, the patient is moved to the recovery room as the anesthesia drugs are eliminated from the body. Eventually, the patient will be cleared to return home with the assistance of the identified escort.
Our oral surgeons are knowledgeable and experienced in administering anesthesia, as well as monitoring patients throughout the procedure and until they have recovered sufficiently from the anesthesia’s effects. Although general anesthesia does have some associated risks, our oral surgeons take every precaution to minimize those risks and keep you safe while under our care.
If you are undergoing general anesthesia for your oral surgery, it’s important to prepare adequately for this process. You will need to fast after midnight (and no drinking either) the night prior to your procedure. This is absolutely essential, as food that remains in the stomach during surgery can create a risk for aspiration. You will receive further pre-operative instructions at your surgical consultation.
You also will need to arrange for a responsible adult to escort you to and from the appointment, as you will not yet be fully alert when it is time to go home.
Your comfort is a priority while you are under our care, and general anesthesia can help to maintain that comfort. Anesthesia is an important component of your oral surgery treatment plan and experience, so be sure to discuss this aspect of your care with your oral surgeon.