General Anesthesia for dental treatments
Some dental tourism patients before making a decision about getting treatment in Budapest want to make sure there will be no pain during treatment at all. Our dentists always ensure that patients feel comfortable and no pain at all in the course of treatment. Our clinic uses local anesthesia for total painless treatment. However, there are some patients who dread from dentists and treatment to such an extent that a simple soothing tablet does not help them relax. Usually this kind of fear or dental phobia comes from early childhood dental experience or from unknown reasons that is very hard to overcome. General anesthesia or sedation can help them get through treatment without any problems.
The essence of sedation is to eliminate tension and fear of feeling in the whole body. During the whole treatment you are able to communicate with your dentist, there is no discomfort at all. Treatment feels pleasant and short, and afterwards you do not remember anything. When general anesthesia is applied you are sleeping while the dentist is working on your teeth. There are a couple of types of sedation. Our clinic provides patients with general anesthesia upon request.
Not all treatments can be carried out under general anesthesia but if you already have a quote from our clinic then we can inform you of the possibility of this intervention. General anesthesia is usually applied in case of placement of implants or multiple intervention in a session.
Before general anesthesia you need to have a blood test, some laboratory examinations and an EKG and you have to inform your doctor about your former medical interventions and medications you take on a daily basis. You do not have to suspend taking your daily pills unless you are advised to do so.
The anesthesiologist and the assistant are present throughout the dental treatment. Doctors will make you unconscious by sedatives supplied intravenously. At the end of the care, the patient awakens with the help of medications. Doctors are present during the entire awakening phase. After the surgery, patients will be placed in a wake-up room in our clinic, where you are under continuous medical observation for a few hours.
General anesthesia vs. sedation
Under general anesthesia you are sleeping, you do not hear, you do not remember anything and are not able to speak.
Under sedation you can follow instructions, so you are partly awake however, you do not remember anything. The patient understands the dentist’s instructions, easily opens or closes his mouth, depending on the needs of treatment. The patient feels treatment much shorter as it really is.
Under general anesthesia your mouth is accessible, there is nothing on your mouth, so the dentist can work quickly and can do the dental work of more appointments in one session.
Under sedation there is a mask on your mouth which gets the gas into the body to get you into sedated state. This mask must be removed and put back periodically that slows down the work of the dentist.
Some facts you need to know about general anesthesia:
- In the course of the treatment, anesthetic and sedative agents are introduced into the patient’s arteries (intravenously), resulting in a light, anxiety-free, superficial sleep condition.
- It is essential that you must not eat at least 5 hours and drink 2 hours prior to the intervention!
- After surgery, consciousness clears up quickly. However if you want treatment under general anesthesia we kindly ask you to come to the clinic with an accompanying person.
- After general anesthesia for 24 hours it is not allowed to drive a car, make important decisions and sign official documents.
- General anesthesia is not possible if:
- you had a cardiac infarction over the last 3 months
- you lack of accompanying home supervision
- you have serious breath difficulties
- you are pregnant