At Jane Clair Dental, we are committed to giving you the most pain-free, fear-free experience possible. We use general anesthesia for patients who need a deeper level of sedation than local anesthetic or milder forms of sedation such as nitrous oxide. When we put you into a state of general anesthesia, you are completely relaxed, you do not feel pain, your muscles are temporarily paralyzed, and you have no conscious awareness of the treatment being done. This makes it possible for us to complete dental treatments you might otherwise avoid.
Not everyone needs this type of sedation, and not everyone wants it. However, there are certain times when it is the best option. For example, if you have such a high level of anxiety and fear that you avoid seeing your dentist at all, you may need the maximum relaxation available through general anesthesia to face having dental work done.
Some of our patients are allergic to local anesthetics. Others do not get enough pain relief from them. Some may find it too difficult to keep their mouth open or may have a gag reflex that is too strong to allow the dentist to do the work effectively. For these people, having general anesthesia may be the perfect option.
For oral surgery, you may need to be deeply sedated. Many children, whether due to fear or inability to stay still for procedures, do well with general anesthetic. If you have medical conditions or physical or mental disabilities, your dentist may suggest general anesthesia to keep you safe and comfortable. In any case, your dentist will evaluate your case and discuss their findings with you before the procedure.
Before you undergo general anesthesia for any procedure, you need to follow a few basic guidelines to ensure your safety and comfort. First, make sure your dentist or dental anesthesiologist is qualified and registered to use this level of sedation. At Jane Clair Dental, we meet these requirements.
Before you come in to have the general anesthesia, your dentist may give you instructions to follow prior to your appointment. Once you arrive and see your dentist, make sure we are up to date with all your current medications and medical condition. Then, be ready to ask any questions you have about the anesthesia or the procedure being done.
Make sure you have someone who can drive you home after treatment. You will not be in a condition to operate a motor vehicle because your reflexes and reasoning ability may be seriously affected for the first 24 hours after you emerge from the anesthetized state. You may also be drowsy and fall asleep easily.
Before you leave our office, your dentist may give you instructions you need to follow when you arrive home. Your dentist tells you how to take care of any wounds from oral surgery. You get advice on what to eat and drink. You get instructions on how to clean your mouth until you can return to your normal dental hygiene routine. Just as important, your dentist advises you to relax and rest as much as possible to promote healing.