Simple dental procedures can often be performed without the need for sedation. However, dental sedation is sometimes necessary for certain procedures and to mitigate dental anxiety. General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation available, usually reserved for extensive dental procedures such as full mouth reconstructions or smile makeovers. In Bountiful, UT, Stubbs Dental works with a skilled anesthesiologist who will safely administer general anesthesia prior to your procedure and remain throughout to monitor your safety and comfort.
About General Anesthesia
General anesthesia induces unconsciousness during dental procedures so that patients are completely unaware of their surroundings. In this state, patients do not sense or feel pain, and it is not uncommon for individuals to develop amnesia. Patients under general anesthesia are typically unresponsive until the sedative medications wear off.
General anesthesia ensures maximum patient comfort during even the most invasive procedures.
General Anesthesia vs. IV Sedation
During IV sedation, patients remain conscious – although sleepy – and can respond to instructions or directions if necessary. With general anesthesia, however, the body’s normal functions are completely suppressed. During your initial consultation at Stubbs Dental, the doctor will discuss the details of general anesthesia and address any questions or concerns you may have.
When Is General Anesthesia Recommended?
In most cases, general anesthesia is only recommended when extensive dental work is being performed. Smile makeovers and full mouth reconstruction cases combine two or more procedures, such as dental implants, into one comprehensive treatment. In these instances, general anesthesia is extremely beneficial. Not only does this keep the patient comfortable during the procedure, but it also helps the doctor work more efficiently.
Benefits and Risks of General Anesthesia
The most significant benefit of general anesthesia is that it allows our doctors to complete extensive treatment plans in a single office visit. This can help reduce recovery time and maximize your budget. With general anesthesia, patients can have multiple procedures performed in one day, with no recollection of treatment. This sedation option ensures maximum patient comfort during even the most invasive procedures.
While general anesthesia may be a good sedation dentistry option for many patients, it may not be for everyone. Although serious side effects are rare, there are still risks. These can include:
- Allergic reaction to the sedative medications
- Heart attack
- Complications regarding placement of the breathing tube
- Rise or drop in blood pressure
Individuals who are in good general health have a significantly lower risk for these types of complications. It should be noted, however, that individuals may experience nausea or vomiting following administration of general anesthesia. This is common and should not be a cause for concern, as the symptoms usually diminish very quickly.
Contact Us to Learn More
Those who are undergoing minor dental procedures and are experiencing dental anxiety will most likely benefit from oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. However, if you are planning to have extensive dental work completed, general anesthesia may be the solution for you. To explore your sedation options, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors, contact us online. As a patient-centric practice, our entire team is dedicated to providing the best possible experience for everyone who walks through our door.