General anesthesia is the strongest form of anesthesia to help if you are extremely anxious about dental work or if very invasive dental work is required. If you cannot stand the thought of dental work, won’t be able to sit still for the procedure, or if it’s anticipated that the dental work may otherwise be unbearable, general anesthesia can put you in a sleep state for the entire length of the procedure. When considering general anesthesia, safety should be a foremost concern, and it is vital that your dentist is fully licensed and equipped to perform the procedure. Few dentists in Las Vegas are licensed to perform general anesthesia, so be sure to ask.
If you think general anesthesia might be the right solution to your anxiety or dental treatment needs, we invite you to discuss it in person with a licensed, compassionate, and caring dentist, Dr. James B. Polley. Please call (702) 873-0324 or email Dr. Polley today to set up an appointment.
When Is General Anesthesia Recommended
General anesthesia is considered a treatment option of last resort and is only appropriate when the procedure or the patient’s needs require it. Some of the reasons why general anesthesia might be recommended include:
- Extreme dental anxiety
- Patient does not respond to sedation
- Highly invasive procedure with high level of discomfort
- Inability to remain still for treatment
- Developmental disabilities
In all of these cases, general anesthesia for dentistry provides the safest, most effective method for patients to get needed dental care.
For patients with less severe levels of anxiety or for less invasive procedures, sedation dentistry is recommended as the best treatment option available.
The General Anesthesia Procedure
Before we decide that you are a good candidate for general anesthesia, we will talk to you about your medical history and family history. If you or members of your family have experienced reactions to general anesthesia, we may have to perform tests to establish the best way to perform your procedure.
We will give you instructions to prepare for general anesthesia. You will have to fast before the procedure. You will also need someone to drive you to and from the procedure.
When you are put under, you will need to have help breathing, and your systems will have to be carefully monitored. We have the equipment and the personnel to ensure this is done safely.
When you wake up, we will monitor your recovery. It may take a while before you are able to be released. You will need to have someone that can drive you from your appointment. You will need someone to stay with you following your appointment. Depending on your health and response to anesthesia, we may recommend observed care or an in-home nurse to monitor your recovery.