General anesthesia is the term for being completely "put to sleep" during a medical procedure. The anesthesia can be delivered in a variety of ways, including injection, gas inhalation or through IV, depending on the circumstances. This is done by a dentist who has had addditional years of training in a medical setting, and is held to operating room-caliber standards.
Aside from keeping the patient unconscious, the sedation also acts as an amnesiac, causing the patient to forget the events immediately before and after the procedure. General anesthesia is very safe under trained supervision, but you should notify us of any medications you are taking in addition to any food or drug allergies you may have. We will provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions to follow before, during and after your procedure with general anesthesia.
Patients who may benefit from General Anesthesiology
- Extensive dental treatment
- Special needs or developmental disorders
- Extreme anxiety/phobia
- Communications limitations