General Anesthesia offered in Cambridge
Surgical care can be a complex procedure, especially when it involves delicate structures that impact oral health. Understandably, many patients feel frightened or anxious when faced with this kind of procedure, and the discomfort involved may be significant. That’s why Dr. Jeff Lee at Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery offers a variety of options to enhance your comfort. From “laughing gas” to General Anesthesia Dr. Lee will provide you with the safest form of in office anesthesia while taking into consideration your overall health and the complexity of the procedure. Your comfort is important to our team, and we strive to provide the excellent, caring approach you deserve.
Is General Anesthesia Right For Me?
Oral surgeries typically require general anesthesia due to their length and complexity, but patients may request it during simpler treatments for the following reasons:
- They have phobias of the tools involved with their procedure, such as drills or needles
- They have a sensitive gag reflex
Dr. Lee and our team members review many important factors before prescribing general anesthesia, including patients’ current health and medical history. We want to ensure safety and trust are maintained throughout the entire process.
The Treatment Process
Patients undergoing general anesthesia are asked not to drink or eat anything for around eight hours before their procedure. Medications that are approved ahead of time are the only exception.
Upon arrival, general anesthesia renders the patient unconscious. It’s good to know that oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo anesthesiology training during their required residency program, so they have experience that helps patients feel more at ease before their procedure. Monitoring equipment shows the patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing levels so we are sure they’re doing well. Once the procedure is complete, they’re allowed to rest for a time before being discharged. It’s necessary for patients who undergo general anesthesia to have a trusted companion to take them home following their procedure and keep an eye on them until the effects have worn off.