General Anesthesia for Maximum Comfort

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 makeoversStubbs 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. 

A patient undergoing dental treatment with general anesthesia.
General anesthesia is used during extensive procedures.

General Anesthesia for Maximum 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 appointment 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 the 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
  • Pneumonia
  • 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 the 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 an appointment 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. 

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Stubbs Dental Implant Center

Your smile is one of your greatest assets. Give it the dental care it deserves to stay beautiful and healthy for years to come. At Stubbs Dental Implant Center, our dentists have the training, technology, and services to treat your entire family's needs in one office. Our dentists are some of the most awarded in Utah, and their accomplishments include:  

  • Best of State: Cosmetic Dentist 2023
  • Best of Salt City: Best Dentist, Best Cosmetic Dentist, Best Oral Surgeon, Best Surgery Center 2022
  • Best of SLC: Best Dentist 2022
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  • City Weekly's: Best Company That Gives Back 2021
  • Best of Northern Utah: 2022, 2021, & 2020
  • Gephardt Approved
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