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December 20, 2017

Sleep Dentist Offers Tips for General Anesthesia Side Effects

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Woman restingIf you need an invasive or lengthy dental procedure, such as a tooth extraction or the placement of implant posts, your comfort is equally as important as the level of care you receive. To promote a pain-free experience, your sleep dentist may recommend the use of general anesthesia. The sedative is effective for ensuring that you feel no pain or discomfort during your treatment. However, it is not uncommon to experience some minor side effects immediately after your recovery. To help ease any discomfort during this time, there are several home remedies that you can use.

Benefit from General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a medication that is used to sedate you for an extended period of time. A trained professional administers it while your vitals are closely monitored during the procedure for your safety. Oxygen will also be given for your safety.

Often, this level of sedation is recommended for those who need an invasive or lengthy procedure, such as a tooth extraction, root canal, or the placement of dental implant posts. When administered by a trained professional, the use of anesthesia is safe and effective; however, it is not uncommon to experience some minor side effects. They are generally short-lived, and most will dissipate within a few hours.

Side Effects of General Anesthesia

Most side effects that result from general anesthesia are minor and can easily be managed while you recover at home. While they differ from person to person, the most common include:

Nausea and Vomiting: During the first 24 hours after your procedure, 20% to 30% of patients feel nauseous or vomit. If you have a history of the side effect from the previous use of anesthesia, your dentist may prescribe an anti-nausea medication. Although you may not feel well, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. In addition, ginger tea can also help to settle your stomach.

Sore Throat: A sore throat or hoarseness is relatively common after the first few hours to days of using anesthesia. It is estimated that 40% of patients experience this side effect. To manage the discomfort, stay hydrated by drinking fluids. Sucking on throat lozenges or hard candies can also help; however, be sure to speak with your dentist beforehand to ensure they will not cause healing complications. It is best to avoid citrus drinks or candies, which can irritate the already tender tissue.

Shivers or Chills: As much as 50% of patients report to experience shivers or chills while recovering from general anesthesia, which is due to cooling down too quickly. Keep plenty of warm blankets on hand to help stop the discomfort.

Enjoy an Easy Recovery

If any side effects develop during your recovery, do not worry. They will dissipate shortly; however, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your dentist.

About Sleep Dentists

Sleep Dentists caters to patients who need a little extra care feeling at ease during dental treatments. Supported by extensive training and qualifications, we safely and effectively perform sedation dentistry. If you have any questions about the use of general anesthesia, contact us today to speak with a member of our team.


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