How Does Full Anaesthesia Work?
An anaesthesiologist – also known as an anaesthetist – is responsible for the anaesthesia while your dentist handles the dental treatment. The anaesthesia is done like at a hospital, with surveillance and continuous readings done from start to finish. You will be in a safe environment, and there are very few risks.
You need to fast before a full anaesthetic. You mustn’t eat solid foods in the six hours before the operation. Clear fluids shouldn’t be ingested for the final two hours beforehand. When you show up for the operation, you will be given support stockings and a drip in your arm.
When you’re under the anaesthetic, your dentist begins the treatment. It will be around half an hour before the anaesthetic is in full effect. It varies how long a treatment under a full anaesthetic takes – it depends on the kind of treatment you need.
When the dentist is done with the treatment, you will get a local anaesthetic in the areas where you would otherwise feel pain.
After this, the anaesthesiologist begins the emergence. This will take around 30 minutes, and the anaesthesiologist will make sure that everything is as it should be.
What Happens After the Treatment?
You won’t be able to drive, ride a bicycle, or use public transport. We recommend that you have someone look after you up to 24 hours after the treatment.
You may feel slightly unwell after the anaesthesia. You may experience tiredness, babbling, or that you have a difficult time remembering the time just before and after the anaesthesia. This is completely normal, and this condition will wear off gradually. You may take some pain medicine with a meal if needed when the local anaesthetic stops working.
Can Anyone Be Treated Under a Full Anaesthetic?
No, there are patients where we won’t be able to offer a full anaesthetic. This might be in cases of severely overweight patients, or highly medicated patients. The anaesthesiologist decides who are eligible for treatment under a full anaesthetic.
Do you have any questions about treatment under a full anaesthetic? Please ask the dentist.