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Yes.: General anesthesia has a long history with literally millions of people getting anesthetics every year. But there are risks. It is obviously riskier in the very young and very old. It is riskier if you have serious medical problems like congestive heart failure or COPD. It is riskier if you are having a very prolonged or complicated surgical procedure. But yes, general anesthesia is safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
General Information about Anesthesia:
anesthesia is used in the medical and dental fields to control pain during a surgery or procedure. It is performed by qualified anesthetist using medicine called anesthetics. This can help control a patient’s blood pressure, breathing, blood flow, and heart rate and rhythm. sedation dentistry in mississauga dental clinics is commonly administered for a lot of major dental procedures.
ambulatory anesthesia is another term for outpatient anesthesia which refers to the anesthesia administered to patients using short-acting anesthetic agents. It is proven to be safe, convenient and can be performed in different facilities such as a hospital, a freestanding surgical clinic or a private dental surgeon’s office. Anesthetists use specialized anesthetic techniques as well as maintenance care focused to the needs of the ambulatory patient.
generally, patients who are in reasonably good health qualify for ambulatory anesthesia. However, as each person is unique, there will be no standard qualification to be complied with. The anesthetist will have to carefully evaluate the patient and his health conditions.
to do that, the anesthetist will have to gather the information he needs for the evaluation. The patient will be asked to answer a questionnaire focused on details or information about previous anesthetic history or experience. The patient will also be asked to disclose information about previous and present medical conditions, medications and allergies, if any.
other than the questionnaire, an interview with the patient will be in order where several concerns, issues, questions may be exchanged between the patient and the anesthetist. From such interview, the following information are gathered to serve as a guideline for patients having anesthesia:
- patient should not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours before anesthesia is administered.
- smoking patients will be asked to refrain from smoking prior to the procedure.
- arrangements need to be made for a responsible adult to accompany the patient to and from the dental clinic or hospital.
- a responsible adult should also accompany the patient at home for at least 24 hours.
- taking of existing medications should be discussed with the anesthetist.
- the anesthetist will review the patient’s medical and anesthesia history and records. He will also answer any concerns of the patient prior to administering the anesthetics.
- blood pressure cuff, ekg, pulse oximeter and other monitoring devices will be attached to the patient for proper safety monitoring.
- patient should wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes during the surgery.
the anesthetist is generally responsible for the patient’s comfort and well-being in terms of before and after the dental procedure. During the procedure, the anesthetist will manage the patient’s important body functions. Proper monitoring during and after the procedure is included in the anesthetist’s responsibility. Based on his assessment, the patient may be discharged at least after an hour of monitoring, if the anesthetist deems it safe for the patient to leave the dental clinic or office.
postoperative rest is done at home where the patient may still feel some effects of the anesthetics such as drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, muscle aches, a sore throat and occasional headaches. vomiting may occur but it’s less common. All of these side effects are self-limiting and expected to disappear with rest and time.
Very low risk: In an otherwise healthy patient, general anesthesia is very safe. But just like anything, it is not without risk. Minor risks include nausea and sore throat, which are a relatively common nuisance. Major risks such as heart attack and death are extremely rare. Some very rare anesthetic reactions, such as malignant hyperthermia, tend to run in families, so discuss this with your anesthesiologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Relative to what: I have done anesthesia for 42000 cases, no deaths, mi, wake ups during surgery for generals, no comas, my most frequent problems =16 broken teeth, 22 inhailing vomit giving 3 pneumonias, two nerve damages. Is that safe? When i started the death rate was 1 per 5000 now it is less than 1 per 200, 000 for healthy patients. Is that safe? Not nearly as safe as the airlines and it should be and can be. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Extremely low risks.: Anesthesiology has become the 'poster child' of improved safety in medicine. The risks directly attributed to anesthesia alone are now so low that they become hard to estimate. Latest estimates put the risk of major morbidity or mortality at one in several hundred thousand. Much lower than the risk of being struck by lightning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What normally called: " to put you to sleep" before surgical procedure , is not feel pain , and will not be aware the procedure being done , by anesthetic medications , your breathing is controlled , all your vital functions are closely monitored by highly trained professional(s), relatively very safe considering the magnitude of the undertaking on human body. ...Read more
Different medication: The word "anesthesia" can be confusing. It applies to many different drugs that prevent responses to pain. Drugs like Lidocaine and novocaine are injected with a needle to numb an area: this is "local" anesthesia. Other drugs that are given through an iv--such as Propofol or sodium pentothal--and anesthesia gases that you breathe produce general anesthesia and complete unconsciousness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Probably the general anesthetic would be more expensive, but it depends on where it is done. In an operating room you would also be paying the hospital charges for the or, as well as the nurses. The cost of the actual anesthetic would be on top of this. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Lots: It usually depends on whether you have any allergies and what kind of surgery your getting. It is usually a cocktail. For general anesthesia, we use about 5 drugs to begin the process. Some are Lidocaine, propofol, versed, fentanyl, various gases, muscle relaxants. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Yes: The risks of any deep sedating agent and technique are generally the same. In twilight sleep the main concern is over-sedation and an inability to protect the airway. In general anesthesia the concern is sore throat from intubation, and waking up at the end of the case. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers