If you are getting general anesthesia for dental work must it ONLY be done in a hospital ?
Or can it be done in the dentist office if an anesthesiologist is present?
- KnightSaber2000Lv 63 months agoFavorite Answer
General Anaesthesia is different from the simple sedation using a sleeping gas.. in General Anaesthesia, a tube is shoved into your throat, and you are given strong anaesthetic medications to render you completely unconscious.. the anaesthetic agents are so powerful, they stop you breathing on your own; and you would NOT be able to breathe without the aid of a respirator - a machine.. you may hear stories of celebrities, like the late Michael Jackson, who was given strong anaesthetic drugs by his doctor to help him sleep but also that stopped his breathing..
the simple sedation using a sleeping gas - seen in most dental clinics - are weak sleep agent, which is why you only need to wear a mask.. but such sleep gas are very weak, and you can wake up at a certain amount of pain.. this method is far less effective than General Anaesthesia..
another reason to conduct a surgery inside the OR, is the need to be done in an extremely clean decontaminated area.. operation room OR or operation theater OT cleaned and sterilized regularly with powerful chemicals to kill every trace of infection inside the OR or the OT.. the staff would wash-up, maybe shave-up and wear sterilized clothe to prevent any infection.. we have a dedicated staff in charge of sterilizing the tools used inside the OT, we have a dedicated staff to sterilize every piece of furniture inside the OR and we have a dedicated staff to sterilize the surgical gowns used in the OR.. you will not find this amount of effort to make sure that the OR or the OT is clean in any regular dental clinic.. you won't..
a third reason to conduct General Anaesthesia, is the ICU support that is only available in hospitals.. in similar cases like yours, some people will end up going to the ICU after an Oral and Maxillofacial surgery.. having an ICU backup is essential of such cases because of the potential side-effect of the anaesthsia (uncommon but can happen) and because of the surgery itself which involves the breathing airway..it is just a precaution but a very warranted one.. yes, your surgeons maybe able to conduct the surgery un general anaesthesia in a clinic.. but they do NOT want to be sued when something goes wrong, and they do happen from time to time.. having an ICU backup is always always welcomed by surgeons everywhere..`
good luck, God bless and all the best..
- 3 months ago
you shouldnt care what people think tell them at least your fixing your teeth and they dont really like putting you under anymore they just numb your mouth really good im sure you will look great with them in and after you will look Beautiful or very hamdsome after you will look fine with them
- mokrieLv 73 months ago
I never heard of any dentist using general except in a hospital. They don't have all the equipment in a dental office for general anesthesia. You possibly misunderstood what they meant when talking about this. They either use shots of novacane or gas. Speak to the dentist and ask details.
- PearlLv 73 months ago
they might be able to do it at the dentist office
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- yet-knish!Lv 73 months ago
It's done in the dentist's office and does not require an anesthesiologist.
- Max HooplaLv 73 months ago
I got put to sleep in the dentist's office for a difficult extraction. I wasn't allowed to drive myself home.