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What is General Anesthesia for Dental Surgery?

Relaxed patient in dental chairGeneral anesthesia uses a combination of inhaled gas and intravenous medications to render patients completely unconscious, so that they are unable to feel any pain during a dental or medical procedure.

Why use General Anesthesia for Dental Surgery?

Since IV sedation and other methods of sedation dentistry are so effective, general anesthesia, or sleep dentistry, is not necessary for most dental procedures and most dental patients. However, it may be useful or necessary in some specific situations.

  • Those who have a high tolerance for the drugs used in IV sedation may need general anesthesia for dental procedures where sedation would be otherwise used.
  • In rare cases, extremely anxious individuals who are unable to cooperate when sedated may need general anesthesia to tolerate dental procedures.
  • For traumatic dental procedures, such as the removal of wisdom teeth completely impacted or covered in bone, general anesthesia may be the preferred option.
  • General anesthesia may be recommended for other types of complex oral surgery, including the All-On-4 implant procedure that is often performed at New Smile Carolina.

All general anesthesia and sleep dentistry at New Smile Carolina is performed by experienced board-certified anesthesiologists.