If you're having oral surgery, it's normal to be a little bit nervous. We want you to feel comfortable about your procedure, so we're answering some common questions about anesthesia to help put you at ease.
Is Anesthesia Safe?
At Great Plains OMS, anesthesia is administered by a licensed anesthesiologist who has received special training in an anesthesia residency program. The anesthesiologist will monitor your vital signs, such as blood pressure and oxygen levels, during your procedure to ensure they are normal.
Your anesthesiologist will also tailor the amount of anesthesia based on factors like your age, weight, gender, current medications, and specific illnesses like heart conditions. This ensures you get the dosage that works best for you.
A very small percentage of people can have adverse reactions to anesthesia, so it's important to tell us if you're having your first experience with anesthesia. In the unlikely event of a problem, we always have an Emergency Medical Technician on hand.
Do I Have To Be Knocked Out?
Some procedures, like wisdom tooth extraction, can sometimes be done under local anesthesia, which is applied directly to the gums and numbs the area. You'll stay awake and may feel some pressure, but no pain.
Light sedation anesthesia can also keep you awake and responsive to instruction during the procedure. With heavier sedation, you'll stay conscious but will not be awake and will have limited or no memory of the dental surgery.
General anesthesia renders you unconscious during the procedure, leaving you with no awareness or memory of your surgery. It also requires a bit more post-op recovery time. Be sure you have someone who can drive you home and keep an eye on you for a couple of hours while you regain your senses.
Why Can't I Eat Before My Surgery?
Anesthesia relaxes your body's normal reflexes, making it easy for the contents of your stomach to go backwards into the esophagus or even the windpipe and lungs. Stomach acid can damage your throat or lungs and even cause pneumonia.
How Long Before I Feel Normal Again?
With local anesthesia, most patients are recovered enough after surgery to drive themselves home, though some might require assistance depending on their reaction.
For all other types of anesthesia, you'll need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and possibly keep you company for a few hours. You will feel sleepy and disoriented, and the effects can last up to 24 hours. Make sure you have some time set aside for recovery, and follow all of the post-op instructions.
At GPOMS, we make sure that our in-office anesthesia meets and exceeds the already strenuous standards of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. If you have questions about your procedure, or about anesthesia, contact us today or schedule an appointment.
Posted on Thu, June 30, 2016
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