Why Is It Either Necessary Or Recommended To Use General Anesthesia For Maxillofacial Surgery?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeries are sometimes complex, systematic and time-consuming. Experts consider oral surgeries akin to other surgeries and often recommend the need for general anesthesia, whether it is necessary, or for “comfort”. Putting a patient under general anesthesia will help alleviate pain, cause memory loss, reduce anxiety and limit the movements of the patient, keeping him or her safe, comfortable and asleep throughout the procedure.
Understanding General AnesthesiaGeneral anesthesia is usually administered for – possibly - painful oral and maxillofacial surgeries and other invasive oral and facial surgeries, like Impacted Wisdom tooth extraction, Full Mouth Rehabilitation or Orthognathic Surgeries. Usually, the type of medication used in general anesthesia for oral surgery is a combination of pain relievers and sedatives. This combination of medication used in general anesthesia for oral surgeries are slightly different from the ones used for other medical specialties, which may also involve some paralytic drugs. Since the general anesthesia administered during oral surgeries are devoid of such drug combinations, it doesn’t require intubation either, leaving the oral cavity unobstructed for the treatment.
General anesthesia is usually considered safe if administered by an expert anesthesiologist under strict protocols. All the medications used are carefully administered and its effects are closely monitored. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons and staff are trained to respond to any potential emergencies that may arise during a procedure. As the medication is administered intravenously, it is possible to adjust its dosage easily.
Even though this type of general anesthesia doesn't require intubation, similar standards of care are followed by our experts for anesthesia care. The patient will be continuously monitored using EKG leads, pulse oximetry, blood pressure cuffs and temperature probes on all patients under anesthesia. The dosage of anesthesia is adjusted accordingly.
Patient guidelines for going under general anesthesia
Before oral or maxillofacial surgery, we advise our patients to follow a set of rules so that their body can get accustomed to general anesthesia. These guidelines are mentioned below-
Do not eat or drink at least 6 to 12 hours before the surgery to prevent aspiration (a condition when food or fluids debris are transferred to the lungs)
Immediately after waking from the anesthesia, it is best to have someone with you for the next 24 hours as the effects wear off. If you came to the office driving, make sure to have someone drive you back after the surgery.
The patient must also inform about food or drug allergies to avoid any kind of complications.
The patient must submit their complete medical history including past surgeries, contagious or life-threatening diseases or any recorded complications during anesthesia.
If are awaiting an oral or maxillofacial surgery or need a consultation on the matter, visit our specialists Dr. Philippe Chanavaz (Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon) or Professor Pierre Bouletreau (Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon) today at The Dome MedDental Clinic DMCC, and get the best course of treatment. Don’t forget to discuss your concerns with them regarding general anesthesia, if you have any, before getting ready for surgery.
The Dome MedDental Clinic DMCC is one of the very few dental clinics to offer Surgeries under General Anesthesia in UAE.