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General Anesthesia

For patients with severe anxiety and contraindications to IV conscious sedation, we have a dental anesthesiologist that will administer general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia can be the type you breathe, or Intravenous (type of parenteral). The care is probably what you imagine it would be with any hospital type of surgery where the anesthesiologist’s sole job during the procedure will be to monitor your safety and comfort. The equipment is in our facility, so all of your dental procedures will be in our office in a very comfortable, relaxed environment. All your questions will be addressed in a consultation prior to your treatment appointment where all informed consent documents will be signed.

Before General Anesthesia

Prior to your dental surgery, you will have the opportunity to address any concerns you might have during your pre-op appointment. We encourage you to ask questions and make us aware of any fears you might have. Our main goal is to create a secure, comfortable environment for our patients on the day of surgery so the more you communicate with us, the easier we can accommodate your needs. The following guidelines are meant to serve as reminders in helping you prepare for your dental surgery. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our practice.

Leading Up To The Day Of Surgery

  • Fasting must begin at midnight the night before surgery for patients with a morning appointment.  If you have an afternoon appointment, do not eat anything 8 hours prior to your scheduled dental surgery.
  • While fasting, the patient may only drink clear fluids (Ex: water, apple juice, black coffee, and sports drinks).  Beverages that are not allowed to be consumed are alcohol, orange juice, milk, creamer, and other opaque drinks.  Patients should avoid drinking all fluids within 6 hours of their surgery.  If you are unsure about what can and cannot be consumed, please ask during your pre-op appointment.
  • Patients may continue taking the following medications with a small sip of water prior to surgery:
  • Cardiac medications
  • Pulmonary medications
  • Steroids
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Anti-Parkinson’s medications
  • Medications that patients are prohibited from taking are MAO inhibitors, anti-depressants, aspirins, anti-coagulants, and anti-inflammatory drugs. We request that patients stop taking these medications at least two days prior to surgery because they can create complications during dental surgery.
  • Patients are not to consume alcoholic beverages or use tobacco products within 24 hours of their appointment and are asked to refrain from drinking or smoking for 24 hours after their surgery.

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