Many people have anxiety and a heightened fear of going to the dentist. We are proud to offer several safe sedation and general anesthesia options to calm patients and let them undergo procedures with ease. Anna Vaysman, DMD offers oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide sedation or general anesthesia depending on your needs and preference. If you opt to receive one of these sedation techniques, you can expect a more relaxing dental visit. If you require general anesthesia or sedation dentistry for your dental procedures, call Scottsdale Dental Bottega today to book your appointment.
General anesthesia q & a
what is general anesthesia?
General anesthesia is a combination of medications that put you in a sleep-like state before a procedure. General anesthesia usually uses a combination of intravenous drugs and inhaled gasses (anesthetics). Under general anesthesia, you don’t feel pain because you are completely unconscious so the brain doesn’t respond to pain signals or reflexes.
Is it safe to use general anesthesia?
If you elect to use general anesthesia at Scottsdale Dental Bottega, rest assured that a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) will be with you every step of the way. CRNAs possess the education, training, and skills to provide safe and high-quality care as members of the patient-centered dental care team. The CRNA’s sole focus is on the patient – monitoring the patient’s vital functions and managing breathing. This allows Anna Vaysman, DMD, to focus solely on the procedure while a highly-qualified professional is responsible solely for the safety of the patient.
What to expect with general anesthesia?
before the procedure
The CRNA at Scottsdale Dental Bottega will talk with you and ask you questions about:
- Your health history
- Your prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and any herbal supplements
- Your past experience with anesthesia
During the procedure
The CRNA will deliver the anesthesia medications through an intravenous line in your arm, a gas that you breathe form a mask, or a combination of the two. Once you’re alseep, the CRNA will:
- Monitor you continuously throughout the procedure
- Adjust medications, breathing, temperature, fluids, and blood pressure as needed
- Correct any issues that arise with additional medication or fluids
After the procedure
When the procedure is over, the CRNA reverses the medications to wake you up. You will slowly wake and probably feel groggy and a little confused at first. You may experience common side effects such as:
- Dry mouth
- Muscle aches
You may also experience some pain once you wake from anesthesia as the brain once again becomes aware and starts responding to stimuli. The CRNA at Scottsdale Dental Bottega will ask you about your pain levels and other side effects. Anna Vaysman, DMD, may prescribe medication after your procedure to reduce your pain and nausea.
If you require dental work and have been avoiding the dentist because of fear or anxiety, call us today to make your appointment with general anesthesia to be completely out for the entire time.