Some dental procedures may require some level of sedation to avoid pain or overcome anxiety, especially, if children or senior patients are involved. The level of sedation may vary from very mild sedation to general anesthesia, depending on the procedure involved and the patient responses. In case of a general anesthesia, the patient is made totally unconscious and immobile, and must be watched for a few hours under trained staff. It is possible that some patients have sensitivities to some medications used, and therefore, some care and pre-anesthesia preparation is necessary.
Aesthesia is needed in the following cases:
An examination is necessary to assess fitness for anesthesia, especially in case of general anesthesia.
Suitability test will be carried by the person or agency who will provide the anesthesia.
Such persons must be qualified and certified for this service.
A certain amount of psychological preparation may be needed in case of patients who are children, or very senior in age, or have a history of psychological or nervous problems. Both the dentist and the family can participate in this effort.
Just before the operation it is necessary to verify that all requirements have been met, especially those that were left to the patient and the family. Once this check is complete the patient is ready for the anesthesia.