SEDATION AND GENERAL ANESTHESIA
Pain-free oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures
At Maxillo 3 Lacs we offer our patients the option of choosing intravenous sedation or general anesthesia for their dental treatments. This helps tolerate, even forget a procedure that may be uncomfortable and helps remove the anxiety associated with a possible surgical treatment. A patient may not always be asleep but he or she will be comfortable, calm and relaxed. Young children who are particularly fearful may sometimes need to have general anesthesia, even for relatively simple oral surgeries.
Requirements for general anesthesia
- No eating or drinking for at least 6-8 hours before the procedure
- Stop smoking 3 weeks before
- Bring your medication with you
- Contact your M3L surgeon if there is any change in your physical state
- Bring all relevant radiographs with you
- Wear loose comfortable clothing and footwear
- Leave your jewellery and valuables at home
- Do not take aspirin for at least 5-7 days before the operation
After the operation
If you have any significant pain or feel nauseous, an injection or tablet will be given to make you feel more comfortable.
- Don’t forget you will have to be escorted home
- Expect a sore throat for the first 24 hours after the anesthesia
- Avoid important decisions during the first 24 hours
*Note* People are not allowed to drive a vehicle after sedation or general anesthesia
A dedicated, board-certified anesthesiologist is part of our surgical team
Our anesthesiologist is highly qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia safely to patients undergoing maxillofacial or reconstructive procedures in our offices. Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery and our staff is well-trained in assisting with Intravenous (IV) sedation and outpatient general anesthesia. A preoperative consultation and a physical examination are mandatory for patients undergoing IV sedation or general anesthesia during their oral or maxillofacial surgery.
Different options of anesthesia are available depending on the procedure
Local anesthesia with IV sedation
General anesthesia for your oral surgery will be discussed with you at the time of your preoperative consultation with our anesthesiologist. On occasions, special breathing tubes and other monitors may be required but this will also depend on your specific operation and current state of health. Postoperative pain is often relieved by local anesthetic injections during the procedure and drugs such as codeine and anti-inflammatory medications are commonly used to relieve pain afterward. Stronger painkillers may also be required after major surgery.
You should let our anesthesiologist and your surgeon Dr. El-Hakim, Dr. Makhoul or Dr. Gigliotti know if you are sensitive to any of these medications or have allergies.