When it comes to oral surgery and anesthesia they go together like peanut butter and jelly, where you can have one without the other but it will not be good. Oral surgeons perform a wide variety of dental procedures including (but certainly not limited to) facial reconstruction, dental implants, and tooth extraction. Where any and all of these procedures will require some form of anesthesia, for your added comfort.
The act of "going under" tends to cause some patients anxiety and that is okay. Properly educating yourself on the different types of anesthesia and their uses, however can help to reduce some of these anxieties.
What is General Anesthesia?
General anesthesia is administered to medically induce loss of consciousness and feeling. The main purposes for general anesthesia are:
Amnesia or loss of memory
Analgesia or lack of ability to feel pain
Muscle and skeletal relaxation
Does Anesthesia Have Side Effects?
Other than the intended side effects mentioned above, anesthesia has a few common side effects, including sore throat, nausea, shivering and sleepiness.
Is Anesthesia Safe?
There has been much advancement in the way of anesthesia in the past 25 years that have lower any related risk associated with anesthesia to next to none. There are increased risks associated with certain conditions such as obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure. It is therefore very important that you review your medical history in its entirety with your oral surgeon.
Take Note Before you have a procedure that requires anesthesia administration, you should take note that:
You should not eat or drink anything up to 8 hours before the surgery
Be sure to arrange plans for someone to pick you up after your procedure
Wait 24 hours to operate any kind of machinery after surgery
Do not wear any unnecessary jewelry, dentures or contacts on the day of surgery
Skip the makeup
Be sure to tell your surgeon if you have any illness at the time, including a common cold or flu
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About Us Dr. Michael Allard has been delivering outstanding care in oral and maxillofacial surgery here in Arizona since 2000. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Glendale, AZ, Dr. Allard manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions.