General Anesthesia

At Driftwood Dental, General Anesthesia is administered by Dr. R.B. Richardson Physician/Anesthetist. 


What is anesthesia?

The word ‘anesthesia’ means ‘loss of sensation’. General anesthesia is a state of controlled unconsciousness and freedom from pain. Anesthetists are specialists who give the anesthetic and look after your health during and after surgery.

Nothing will happen unless you understand and agree with what has been planned. Your wishes are very important to us and we will work with you to provide the best possible care.

General Anesthesia at Driftwood Dental

If you have questions about general anesthesia, we have prepared a convenient FAQ page that answers some of our most common questions.

If you can't find the answer to your question below, please feel free to contact us directly.

Frequently Asked Questions About GA »


Preparing for Your Appointment

Our physician/anesthetist will visit with you prior to your appointment to discuss the procedure, your general health, allergies, previous experiences under anesthesia, and your current medications.

We will also eview all of the pre and post sedation instructions during your initial consultation, but here some helpful tips for quick reference;

Fasting Prior to Deep Sedation or General Anesthesia

  • You should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to your scheduled procedure. 
  • No food, milk or fizzy beverages after midnight.
  • It's essential that the stomach be empty at the time of the anesthetic appointment to avoid complications
  • If you have flu or cold-like symptoms, please notify the office. We may need to reschedule your appointment.

Post-Procedure Tips for General Anesthesia or Deep Sedation

  • 24 – 36 hours are required for the full effects of the drugs to wear off
  • You must be discharged into the care of a responsible adult who can accompany you home
  • Arrangements should be made to have a responsible adult remain with you for the balance of the day and during the night
  • Private automobile is preferred. Public transportation is not recommended

Helpful Tips For After General Anesthesia

  • Clear liquids are advised for at least 6 hours
  • Do not consume alcohol for 48 hours
  • Resume normal medication as directed by your physician after appointment
  • Do not operate motor vehicles or operate machinery
  • Do not enter into any legal contract for 24 hours

Note: If you experience any acute pain, heavy bleeding from the surgical site, respiratory problems, or any other post-operative problem, please notify the dental office. 


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