General Anaesthetic Dentistry
While general anaesthetic is mostly used in minor and major surgeries in hospitals, it can also be used in dentistry for more complex procedures or for nervous patients with dental fear or anxiety.
At Dental Implant & Sleep Centre, we offer general anaesthetic for patients undergoing lengthy or complex dental procedures. This type of dental sedation induces unconsciousness for a completely painless experience.
Who is General Anaesthetic Dental for?
General anaesthesia is mainly used to assist with dental treatments for patients undergoing invasive surgery, or patients with severe fear and anxiety of dental procedures.
It is important to note that dental general anaesthesia is mainly offered in rare circumstances. This type of sedation is not recommended for basic procedures like cleaning or small fillings, but is often used in special cases, including:
- If a patient has a higher tolerance for medications used in other forms of sedation, like IV sedation or oral sedation
- If a patient has extreme anxiety, behavioural changes, or disabilities.
- If a patient needs extensive dental work which requires a longer time in the dental chair.
- Children under the age of 12 who need moderate to deep sedation.
At Dental Implant & Sleep Centre, our anaesthesiologist will go through your medical history and might run some tests to ensure you are ready and healthy to receive anaesthesia. You can ask any questions you want about the procedure at this stage.
Which Dental Treatments Can I Get General Anaesthetic for?
General Anaesthetic can be administered in the form of gas or an intravenous drip. A general anaesthetic puts patients into a deep sleep so they cannot feel pain during dental procedures.
Some people may fear the dentist or need to undergo complex dental work that requires them to be still for a long time. In these cases, a general anaesthetic can be very beneficial. It allows the patient to remain unconscious throughout the procedure and means they will not experience any discomfort or pain.
Our experienced dentists use general anaesthetic for a variety of dental procedures, including:
- Dental implants
- All on 4 Plus
- Teeth extraction including wisdom teeth removal
- Crowns and bridges
- Root canals
Side Effects of Dental Anaesthetia
While general anaesthesia is safe when performed by an experienced health professional, a few side effects have been reported. The most common side effects are:
- Sore throat or dry mouth
- Confusion, delirium, or hallucinations
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain at the injection site
- Slurred speech
- Sweating or shivering
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Get Personalised Treatment from Our Experienced Anaesthesia Dentists
No matter how much you dread going to the dentist, getting dental treatments is vital for your overall dental health. One of our experienced and knowledgeable dentist will help you overcome your fear by helping you understand the process and options and create a personalised plan that meets your needs and requirements.
The dental team at the Dental Implant & Sleep Centre will explain the process for general anaesthetic, its benefits, side effects, and the alternatives available for your situation.