Is Anesthesia Safe?
Anesthesia provided by an experienced anesthesiologist with advanced monitoring and equipment is extremely safe. Modern advancements in medicine have made many of the drugs safe and predictable. Once the dental work is completed, the patient is often ready to go home in as little as 20 minutes.
What are some common side effects?
Some of the common side effects of anesthesia include dizziness, shivering, nausea, sore throat, and feeling tired. What we find is that by the afternoon, most patients return back to their normal self. The nausea is less common with the medication provided, but if you know you get nauseous, to begin with, we will work out a plan that prevents it from occurring. A sore throat is a possibility but rare and typically goes away by the next day.
Will I feel pain?
We understand many people have had some unpleasant experiences in the past when they have visited the dental office. We will be administering pain medication throughout the procedure so that when you return home, the pain will not be a concern during recovery.
I am concerned my child will not cooperate. Will this be a problem?
We pride ourselves on being great with children. We tailor the experience to your child’s interest and want it to be a pleasurable experience for them.
Will the I hear anything during the procedure?
Many patients have asked us this question in the past, likely due to the publicity of these rare events or from movies. The medications we administer throughout the treatment have almost completely eliminated anesthesia awareness. The likelihood of remembering anything while asleep is very rare.
What should I do the day before my procedure?
We recommend refraining form eating or drinking starting 6-8 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time. For morning appointments, it is important not to eat or drink after midnight the night before. If your procedure is in the afternoon, we will tailor a plan that works with your appointment time.
What clothes should I wear?
This is a great question we get asked a lot as well. We ask that you refrain from putting on makeup such as lipstick and mascara, and we suggest dressing comfortably. We also recommend a short-sleeve shirt for the blood pressure cuff and encourage patients to bring a warm blanket.
Are services covered by insurance?
Typically medical insurance does not cover anesthesia performed in a dental setting. We recommend that you speak to your medical/dental insurance provider for further details. We would be happy to provide a letter on your behalf highlighting the necessity of the anesthesia if your insurance would like you to provide one.