At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates we perform various oral surgery procedures including jaw surgery, wisdom tooth removal, and dental implant placement. We care about your oral health, the appearance of your smile, as well as your comfort.
Routine dental exams and professional cleanings are an important part of your oral health. During your bi-annual visits, we will check for any tooth decay and dental diseases, as well as remove the plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. For some patients, a routine appointment can be a daunting task that causes fear or anxiety. In fact, many people have dental phobias that prevent them from receiving the proper oral care. If the thought of visiting our dental offices makes you uncomfortable or nervous, we can help. Dallas Oral Surgery Associates offers general anesthesia for those procedures requiring it, and to alleviate dental phobias and provide a more comfortable experience.
What is General Anesthesia?
General anesthesia is the strongest and most serious form of sedation available. For these reasons and more, general anesthesia is only used during the most complicated and lengthy procedures. General anesthesia may be recommended for wisdom tooth extractions, dental implant treatment, and other oral surgeries.
Before any oral surgery, we will ask you for your medical history, including any medications you may be taking, information on your oral and overall health, and if there are any conditions you have that we should be aware of. This may include contacting your primary care provider.
During your procedure, you will be completely unconscious. General anesthesia will put you to sleep for the entirety of the procedure. When you are under general anesthesia, you will not feel any pain, as being put in the state of controlled unconsciousness blocks your brain from any pain signals. The sedative is administered directly into the vein, or through a face mask where the patient breathes in the anesthetic. General anesthesia is sometimes given in conjunction with nitrous oxide. Throughout the procedure we will also monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety. General anesthesia is typically reserved for more complex and intrusive procedures. In almost every case, sedation also involves the use of local anesthetic. Local anesthetic is a medication that will numb your mouth and eliminate any pain or discomfort.
Once the procedure is complete, you will need thorough recovery time in our office before leaving. As with other forms of sedation, you will need to arrange a ride to and from our office. Be sure to clear your schedule as you will feel groggy or sleepy for the remainder of the day.
If you are in need of any procedures that require general anesthesia, you can be confident that our experts at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates will take good care of you. Feel free to give us a call at 214-363-9946 if you have any questions in regard to general anesthesia or any other dental needs.