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What is the name of the device in mouth to administer anesthesia?

What is the name of the device in mouth to administer anesthesia?

Endotracheal Tube: An endotracheal tube or laryngeal mask airway can be inserted through the mouth to secure the airway during surgery. It can be used to facilitate the administration of inhaled anesthetics. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Anesthesia- leaves bad taste in mouth. How to get rid of it?

Anesthesia- leaves bad taste in mouth. How to get rid of it?

Halitosis: Halitosis, or bad breath, and a "bad taste in the mouth" can occur after general anesthesia. Dehydration, breathing dry anesthesia gases, and minor bleeding from oral anesthesia appliances may contribute, as may certain intravenous medications. Good oral hygiene should help rid you of the unpleasant taste. Try mouth wash and spearmint or eucalyptus gums or candies. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of anesthesia in the mouth after dentist?

Time: You need to give the anesthesia time to wear off. Sometimes massaging the area will increase bloodflow to the region that can speed things along. ...Read more

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How long does your mouth stay numb after anesthesia at the dentist?

How long does your mouth stay numb after anesthesia at the dentist?

Local anesthetics,: Depending on which one was used and whether a vasoconstrictor was included, as well as the amount given, can have a wide range of anesthesia times. Some can dissipate after only 30 minutes, while others can last 10-12 hours. While numb, stick to a non-chew, liquid to puree diet so that you avoid the chance of injuring the soft tissue of your lip, tongue or cheek. ...Read more

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Can opening my mouth as wide as 2 fingers inside be enough for general anesthesia's mouth intubation?

Can opening my mouth as wide as 2 fingers inside be enough for general anesthesia's mouth intubation?

Intubation: Intubation of the airway can be facilitated without mouth opening of 2 fingers breath via fiber optic guidance; the use of an i-gel, lma, or retrograde intubation. If your procedure is elective, then a visit with your anaesthesiologist before the day of surgery is warranted. ...Read more

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I have a tiny mouth. They are putting me under anesthesia, do they take your blood samples or prick you, what to do?

I have a tiny mouth. They are putting me under anesthesia, do they take your blood samples or prick you, what to do?

Need consultation: These issues cannot be addressed properly in this forum and are best discussed with your doctor. Depending on your circumstances either blood samples or finger sticks or both may be used to monitor your condition. ...Read more

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Able to open my mouth alittle bit (only 2 fingers) will that be enough for general anesthesia's intubation? What should I do?

Able to open my mouth alittle bit (only 2 fingers) will that be enough for general anesthesia's intubation? What should I do?

Requires evaluation: You require evaluation by your anesthesiologist prior to surgery. If you appear to have a difficult airway, alternative techniques to oral intubation may be required. You physician anesthesiologist is very skilled in such matters and will explain his plan in detail to you. ...Read more

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I'm worried as I've had a lot of anesthesia over the past month to do fillings in my mouth. Will there be any negative effects?

I'm worried as I've had a lot of anesthesia over the past month to do fillings in my mouth. Will there be any negative effects?

No: Your dentist probably used local anesthetic to do the fillings. The doses that they have been using are not cumulative, unless they were all injected at once. Your body easily removes these medications, which is why the numbness wears off. There will be no long term effects. ...Read more

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Havin oral surg. On wed. I always puke after anesthesia nausea meds or not. Is there anything I can do to not vomit? Esp after mouth surg. Ouch!!

Havin oral surg. On wed. I always puke after anesthesia nausea meds or not. Is there anything I can do to not vomit? Esp after mouth surg. Ouch!!

Keep stomach empty: You can try fasting 8-10 hours before surgery...only take Fluids until 3 hours before surgery. This way your stomach will be emptied of all partially digested food and there will be NOTHING to vomit. Also speak with the Oral Surgeon and Anesthesiologist so he may consider alternatives in your case. ...Read more

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Local anesthesia a week ago caused cheek swelling, and my mouth corner still isn't working right (smiling, whistling, etc.) is this permanent?

Local anesthesia a week ago caused cheek swelling, and my mouth corner still isn't working right (smiling, whistling, etc.) is this permanent?

It shouldn't be...: .. But in any event, your dentist should be notified so that you can be evaluated and possibly put on medication. ...Read more

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4 hrs after local anesthesia for cavity fix, not numb anymore but still can't move that side of mouth or side of nose, normal?

4 hrs after local anesthesia for cavity fix, not numb anymore but still can't move that side of mouth or side of nose, normal?

Probably normal.: Sometimes it can take a few hours more for all the sensations to return after local anesthetic. By tomorrow if you don't feel normal then consult your dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Why don't your muscles fully relax when given general anesthesia? The dr said he had a hard time opening my mouth for the tube for last surgery

Why don't your muscles fully relax when given general anesthesia? The dr said he had a hard time opening my mouth for the tube for last surgery

Several Possibilitie: Muscle relaxants used for general anesthesia are effective at relaxing voluntary muscles, including those that you use to open and close your mouth. Other tissues, such as tight ligaments or scar tissue, would not relax. Some patients have tm joints that "lock" when the jaw is opened. Find out if you had "succinylcholine induced masseter spasm" which is an adverse reaction to relaxants. ...Read more

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Can anesthesia from the dentist cause my jaw & mouth to be sore afterwards?

Yes: Not only did you have a needle placed into your jaw to provide local anesthesia. You had your jaw wide open for a prolonged period of time for the procedure to be competed. Nsaids will alleviate the pain, but you should check back with your dentist if the condition persists. ...Read more

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How painful is a wisdom tooth extraction with anesthesia injected in your mouth?

How painful is a wisdom tooth extraction with anesthesia injected in your mouth?

Uncomfortable: Uncomfortable as opposed to painful. The more complex the extraction, the longer and more intrusive the procedure. Please schedule time with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to discuss your concerns and the degree of complexity of your surgical need, then follow pre and post operative instructions to the letter. ...Read more

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Cant open normally my mouth after a deep cleaning a week ago, the anesthesia touched a vein, the swollen is gone but pain in jaw bone still there help!

Cant open normally my mouth after a deep cleaning a week ago, the anesthesia touched a vein, the swollen is gone but pain in jaw bone still there help!

See below: The human body really does not appreciate having a needle pushed through it. Frequently there is local inflammation or aching where the needle went in. Also your jaw was propped open during surgery, this is not normal and some of the muscles might object. This should get better over the next few hours to days. Nsaids should help. ...Read more

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Need doctor advice. Where do you place topical anesthesia in the mouth for tooth extractions and fillings?

Need doctor advice. Where do you place topical anesthesia in the mouth for tooth extractions and fillings?

See below: Topical anesthesia is placed at the sites that the dentist will want to inject with local anesthesia. This makes the entire procedure more pleasant. This can be in various locations on the upper and lower jaw depending on the tooth that needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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Why wouldn't dental anesthesia not work during a root canal I was having a pulpectomy on a hot tooth and none of the shots worked. I felt everything! Even after I left none of my mouth was numb. Now I am afraid to have any more dental work. Even though I

Dental nerves: Nerves inside of a tooth come from many different locations. Dental infections sometimes make Lidocaine less effective due to the acidic environment. To make you more comfortable a dentist needs to give Lidocaine or Carbocaine (sometimes works better in an acidic environment). Also the location of the anesthetic may need to be adjusted due to the infection. ...Read more

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1 upper wisdom tooth removed under local anesthesia. A day aftr surgery the roof of mouth where the anesthesia was injected hurts. Normal? Healing time?

1 upper wisdom tooth removed under local anesthesia. A day aftr surgery the roof of mouth where the anesthesia was injected hurts. Normal? Healing time?

It is normal: It is normal and healing time is about 6 to 8 weeks for extraction socket to heal completely, but recovery also depends on many factors
1health of patient
2type of procedure
3condiyion of tooth
4presence of super infection post extraction
ask your dentist how long recovery in your case. ...Read more

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Need wisdom teeth out asap because its causing pain in my mouth ears been having lots of migraines Can I go under anesthesia with irreg heartbeats?

Need wisdom teeth out asap because its causing pain in my mouth ears been having lots of migraines Can I go under anesthesia with irreg heartbeats?

See Oral Surgeon: The surgeon will monitor the heart rhythm under IV dental sedation. For this, the surgeon or anesthesiologist will use an EKG device. In case of irregular heartbeats, the professional will know immediately how to step in and provide safe assistance. Always choose an extremely well trained and a highly experienced OS. ...Read more

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Does general anesthisia for mouth surgery be given to a pregnant woman?

Local anesthesia: Is preferable. Either way, all elective surgery just be delayed until the post partum period. If you heave to do it while pregnant, make sure you are in a hospital with an OB able to monitor the baby if possible. ...Read more

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Dentist yesterday AM for filling. Still hurts to open mouth & red/pain at the injection site of the local anesth. Is this normal, & for how long?

Dentist yesterday AM for filling. Still hurts to open mouth & red/pain at the injection site of the local anesth. Is this normal, & for how long?

Injection trauma: The needles we use are extremely sharp and fine, but as they penetrate the tissue they may injure muscles, blood vessels or other tissues. This almost always quickly subsides (1-3 days) although I cannot give you a definite time frame. You can use warm salt water rinses and OTC pain medication such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve (naproxen) or what you would normally take for a headache. ...Read more

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Upper wisdom tooth removed last week via local anastesia. I noticed the veins in the mouth where the injection given is now white shade. Normal?

Upper wisdom tooth removed last week via local anastesia. I noticed the veins in the mouth where the injection given is now white shade. Normal?

Veins?: I'm not sure what you are referring to but I don't think there is any concern regardless. We don't normally see veins in that area and local anesthesia or the surgery would unlikely cause any problems to either small capillaries or veins. Make sure you have your dentist see you for a follow up visit and then he\she can address any of your concerns. ...Read more

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A week ago, I was getting a deep cleaning done. The anethesia touched a vein and I got swelling. Now the swelling is gone but there is pain at the end of the jaw. I can't open my mouth as the bone hurts. What should I do?

Give it Time: This is not very common, but it does happen unfortunately. Make sure you see your dentist periodically to monitor the situation. It should resolve itself within the month. Over the counter pain/inflammation meds should help a lot. If it doesn't get better, or gets worse, you need to seek further treatment. ...Read more

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I had surgery with general anesthesia 1 week ago. I woke up with sore throat & sometimes I could feel my uvula. Now, there is white tip and redness.

I had surgery with general anesthesia 1 week ago. I woke up with sore throat & sometimes I could feel my uvula. Now, there is white tip and redness.

Intubation done for: General anesthesia with an endotracheal tube placement to connect your lungs to a ventilator machine to breath for you while anesthetized can easily result in pharynx trauma=sore throat, depending on how placed & skill of anesthesiologist (should have told you about this before & in writing after). The "white tip & redness" is c/w pharyngeal cellulitis (red) & a small abscess (white). ...Read more

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How can I treat elongated uvula?

How can I treat elongated uvula?

See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thotoughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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What is the cause of an elongated uvula after surgery?

What is the cause of an elongated uvula after surgery?

Uvula: Your uvula was probably irritated by the endotracheal (breathing) tube during surgery which caused it to become swollen and possibly elongated. It should go away on its own. ...Read more

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What causes an elongated, enlarged uvula?

What causes an elongated, enlarged uvula?

Variety of things: The uvula may be enlarged from inflammation, infection, or it may be congenital. If the symptoms of snoring or sleep disorder are present, you may want to get a sleep study to make sure that your oxygen saturation at time of sleep is within normal limits. If you are totally asymptomatic, do nothing. ...Read more

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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


Uvula (Definition)

A piece of normal tissue that is seen at the back of ...Read more