General anaesthesia in dentistry is most commonly used for two distinct reasons: either the procedure is particularly complicated and involves oral surgery, or the patient is significantly traumatised at the prospect of going to the dentist. General anaesthetic (GA) dentistry puts the patient in a state of total unconsciousness – essentially a medical coma – where they remain completely oblivious to pain and can remain unconscious for several hours after the procedure. By Australian law, GA must be administered in a hospital, so any procedures that require general anaesthetic are not performed at our practice.
Side effects of Dentistry with General Anaesthetic
Though general anaesthetic might be necessary for your specific procedure, it’s important to be aware of the possible side effects of going completely under. These side effects can include:
- Bruising or soreness at the insertion point of the IV drip
- Dizzy spells
- Inability to pass urine
- Nausea and vomiting
- Some confusion and memory loss (often temporary and more prevalent among older people)
It can take up to a week for general anaesthetic to completely leave your system, although the effects gradually wear off.
For safe and trusted GA dentistry services that facilitate a smoother and stress-free experience for all, make an appointment with the friendly staff at Campbelltown Dental Care.