General Anesthesia in Dentistry
General anesthesia means a state of full and deep sleep that is induced by administering intravenous drugs and anesthetic gases in order to make the patient ready for operation. It should be performed at hospital settings.
WHAT ARE INDICATIONS OF GENERAL ANESTHESIA IN DENTISTRY?
- If the patient has a dentist phobia that cannot be overcome by a dentist-patient interview,
- Patients with mental disability that hinders the practices of the dentist,
- Children and adult patients who will undergo multiple procedures in a single session,
- Major surgeries that local anesthesia is insufficient (jaw fractures, giant cysts etc.)
- Preference of general anesthesia due to various health problems.
WHAT ARE CONTRAINDICATIONS OF GENERAL ANESTHESIA IN DENTISTRY?
General anesthesia in dentistry is contraindicated, if overall health of the patient is poor or the patient fears of general anesthesia.
ADVANTAGES OF GENERAL ANESTHESIA IN DENTISTRY?
Major surgeries can be carried out easily under general anesthesia, while comfort of the patient is also maximized. For prolonged oral surgeries, pain may develop in the jaw joints as the mouth is kept open for a long time, even if the surgical site is numbed. This will disturb the patient. As general anesthesia is a state of full sleep, there is no such risk. Since there is intravenous access line, problems that may be faced in patients with systemic disorders can be managed by infusing medications in patients who are operated on under general anesthesia.