General Anesthesia for Dental Work in Coral Gables, Miami

Patients that don’t want to feel pain during the procedure, have to consider being put under some type of anesthesia. As there are rare cases where IV (Intravenous sedation) is not effective on certain patients, the next type of sedation that we recommend to our patients is general anesthesia. While under general anesthesia, you won’t be conscious and you will completely be unable to feel any kind of pain as your brain won’t be able to respond to pain and reflex signals.

Our staff member that administers the general anesthesia is called an anesthesiologist and he is a specially trained dentist who will be present for the administration of the anesthesia and monitoring of your vital signs during your dental procedure but won’t be assisting in the procedure itself.

Consider General Anesthesia

Why You Might Want To Consider General Anesthesia for Dental Work

Depending on your dental procedure, your health issues, and your personal preference, dental general anesthesia might be the right choice for you. Usually, the procedure is done if the patient has a certain medical issue that prevents him from taking other forms of anesthesia.

Then there are cases when the patient desires so, due to personal reasons. Lastly, if it’s a lengthy dental procedure in question, dental general anesthesia is advised, so both the patient and the doctor have an easier time without any interruptions.

Risks of General Anesthesia

As with many procedures, there are certain risks involved that you should be familiarized with before you decide to undergo general anesthesia. Overall general anesthesia is one of the safer methods you could pick, however depending on the procedure, there could be increasing risk factors.

Anyone who has issues with breathing, allergic reactions to certain chemicals that are used in the process, is considered obese, or has a heart condition should consult our Gables Sedation & Dentistry medical staff about the risk factors involved. Additionally, there is a possible side effect, especially if the patient is an older adult, known as a state of delirium that could persist for up to a few days.

Preparation for Dental Anesthesia

As general anesthesia relaxes all the muscles in your body, and especially your digestive tract, it is usually advised that food and beverages should be avoided before the surgery. Usually, we advise our patients that they should fast several hours before the procedure takes place.

On the other hand, you will consult with our dental experts before the procedure, where you will be able to learn more about the dental anesthesia preparation process and about the procedure as well.

What to expect after the procedure

As we mentioned before, there are certain side risks to consider before you choose general anesthesia. However, there are also side effects that you can experience after you wake, and they are:

  • Sore throat
  • Shivering for a few minutes
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting (in rare cases)
  • Sleepiness
  • A headache
  • Dry mouth
  • A mild state of delirium (in rare cases)

Additionally, you can start to experience pain after a few minutes or a few hours after the dental procedure has been completed as your body slowly starts to adjust its pain receptors back to their normal state.

This entirely depends on two things, the type of the procedure and the pain tolerance of the individual. For any further questions, you can consult our medical staff as they will gladly answer all of them.

Apart from that, if you need further information regarding anesthesia options or simply want to learn more about the procedure ahead, you can always feel free to ask our dental experts. We think that proper patient education is the best course of action one can take in ensuring long-lasting dental health.

Remember, when it comes to general anesthesia for dental work in Coral Gables, our practice should be your number one choice.

What Makes Us Stand Out?

Performing general anesthesia for dental work in Coral Gables is only one thing we excel at here, in our practice. This is only a part of our vision and mission. As a reliable team of dental experts, we strive to provide our patients with the best services, educate them about proper dental health, and make sure that every procedure they undergo is pain- and hassle-free.

At Coral Gables Family Dentistry, your smile and dental health are always at the focal point, but we also strive to make sure you feel no stress and pain during your visit to the dentist.


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Gables Sedation & Family Dentistry
5727 SW 24th St
Miami, FL 33155
Phone: (786) 904-8003
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