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Dental Anesthesia 

Competence, compassion, 
and reliability.

Singular Anesthesia Services is proud to provide the highest quality services throughout the region. 

We have an established reputation of excellence in all aspects of perioperative care and we are committed to safety & patient satisfaction.

  • General Dentistry

  • Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Oral Surgery

  • Periodontics

  • Prosthodontics

  • Endodontics

Excellence in anesthesia. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Anesthesia 

WHAT IS ANESTHESIA? 

Anesthesia for dental care includes general anesthesia or sedation.  The majority of dental surgeries are achieved with sedation. Sedation is a medical technique that relieves the anxiety and pain of a patient during the dental care when general anesthesia is not necessary.  General anesthesia is a similar medical technique that uses medications to cause a patient to become unconscious and asleep while receiving dental care.  Anesthesia at dental offices is provided by a physician (anesthesiologist) who underwent extensive special training.

One of the most important roles of an anesthesiologist is to evaluate the patient’s preoperative medical condition. This will facilitate the smooth course of the anesthesia for the procedure.

WHO SHOULD RECIEVE DENTAL CARE WITH ANESTHESIA?

Adults who have the need for fill mouth periodontal surgery, history of failed local anesthesia, allergies to local anesthetics or severe anxiety may benefit from anesthesia for the dental procedures.  Generally, anesthesia facilitates the procedure in a safe and comfortable manner.

Children with severe anxiety and/or inability to cooperate are candidates for general anesthesia.  When a child with disabilities needs extensive dental treatment, general anesthesia is an accepted standard of care.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services support this standard.

HOW SAFE IS IT TO HAVE ANESTHESIA IN THE DENTAL OFFICE?

Although there is some risk associated with general anesthesia, it is safe when administered by an appropriately trained anesthesiologist.  General anesthesia can be delivered in a dental office just as safely as in a hospital or surgical center.  With Singular Anesthesia Services, all precautions requested by the American Society of Anesthesiologists are followed to provide a safe patient experience during general anesthesia care.  Patients are monitored closely during general anesthesia or sedation by the anesthesiologist.  Singular Anesthesia Services mission is to deliver safe anesthesia to each one of the patients undergoing any number of different procedures.   

Pre-Anesthesia Instructions

PRE-ANESTHESIA INSTRUCTIONS

1) Eating & Drinking:  Nothing to eat after midnight before the scheduled appointment.  You are allowed moderate amounts of clear liquids (8 ounces) up to two (2) hours before the scheduled appointment.

          a.  Clear liquid includes: water, apple juice, clear jello, or Gatorade

          b.  DO NOT CONSUME: milk, soup, non-clear or juice with pulp

2) Medications:  Prescription medications should be taken as per your regular schedule, except for diabetes 

          a. Medication must only be taken with clear liquids described above (<8oz).

          b. DO NOT TAKE vitamins, herbal products, and non-prescription medication. 

3) Changes in Health: Inform our office of any change in your health situation, especially if you develop a cold or a fever a week before your appointment. 

4) Arriving: Arrive early enough to allow for a discussion of your health, a brief examination, consent for anesthesia, and question answering. 

POST-ANESTHESIA INSTRUCTIONS

1) Getting Home: You may be sleepy after the procedure and must be accompanied by one adult to ride home.  You are not allowed to drive for 24 hours.  You may develop nausea on the ride home so be prepared.

2) Home: A responsible adult should remain with the patient until the next day.

3) Activity: After returning home, you should rest for the remainder of the day and be observed.  It is common for patients to be sleepy, dizzy, and/or off-balance after receiving anesthetics.   

4) Eating & Drinking: Upon arrival home, your first drink should be four ounces of water, followed by clear liquids and soft carbohydrates for an additional 1.5 hours.  Hydration is more important than food. Do not consume dairy or meat for at least three hours following your arrival. 

5) Post-Treatment Effect: Some common after-effects include sleepiness, dizziness, nausea, shivering, dry mouth, muscle aches, and soreness of the mouth, jaw, or throat,  These symptoms may last for one to three hours, or on rare occasions, somewhat longer.

6) Intravenous Site: A very small percentage of patients experience postoperative tenderness and/or redness in their hand or arm which may be a chemical phlebitis (vein swelling) associated with intravenous infusion.  If this occurs, the patient should receive an anti-inflammatory agent such as Motrin ibuprofen).  Apply a warm compress and elevate the arm.

7) Seek Advice: If vomiting persists beyond four hours on four separate times.  If you are unable to drink liquids four hours after your arrival home.  If your temperature is elevated or elevates rapidly.  Please contact the dental surgeon or consult the ER.

8) Pain Medication: Expect to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin ibuprofen) after the procedure to minimize any throat, mouth, or tooth soreness.  This should be started on arrival home and repeated every four hours (Tylenol) or six hours (Motrin) until the next day to ensure a good night's rest.

To ensure that your visit is as swift as possible, please feel free to print and complete any of the following forms applicable to your visit. Arriving with all necessary paperwork greatly assists our staff in creating and updating your file while limiting your overall wait time.

If you have any questions about any of the following forms, please contact a member of our staff for more information. 

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