Anesthesia is an incredible, modern-day medicine that allows patients to experience pain-free surgeries. We understand that anesthesia can be a little frightening if you don’t know much about it. Allow us to answer frequently asked questions about anesthesia so you can be calm for your oral surgery.
Does anesthesia affect my body?
Yes, anesthesia will calm your body and prevent it from moving. While Dr. Tomlinson is conducting surgery, it’s vital that your body is completely still to ensure safety and accuracy. Once anesthesia makes you unconscious, your body will relax and not move.
Will I feel pain after the anesthesia has worn off?
Anesthesia will prevent you from feeling pain during the surgery, but you may feel discomfort after the anesthesia is worn off. Dr. Tomlinson can discuss appropriate pain medication for you to take to ease any discomfort. When your mouth begins to heal, you will notice the pain subsiding.
Is anesthesia dangerous?
Anesthesia has come a long way since the first time it was used successfully in 1846, and it has transformed even more since the days where our ancestors used herbal remedies and/or alcohol. Today, anesthesia is very safe and helps your surgeon complete a successful surgery. Your doctor will request your medical records and talk to you about your health to ensure there are no conditions that could cause issues, such as kidney or heart problems.
Which type of anesthesia is right for me?
There are three types of anesthesia we administer at Athens Oral Surgery Center – nitrous oxide, local, and intravenous (IV). Before deciding which type of anesthesia is right for you, Dr. Tomlinson will need to know if you have any drug allergies, are taking any medication, and learn more about your medical history. From there, he can determine which type of anesthesia is right for your specific needs.
Will anesthesia cause me to stop breathing?
No, anesthesia will not affect your breathing. To ensure you continue breathing, your doctor may place a breathing tube in your mouth and nose to make sure your breathing is protected.