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General anesthesia in dentistry. A way out of dentophobia

MedExpress Team

Barbara Mietkowska

Published Oct. 10, 2023 08:00

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Although any dental procedure today can be performed under highly effective local anesthesia, many patients forgo dental treatment because of a paralyzing fear of visiting the dentist. This can and should be effectively counteracted, convinces Dr. Anna Wesolowska, an expert in dentophobia treatment from the Wiktorska Clinic, for oral health is the basis for the health of the entire body.

Barbara Mietkowska: More and more dental clinics are offering anesthesia treatment. It is not a standard procedure, but it is increasingly used in difficult cases.

Anna Wesolowska: To begin with, I would like to clarify that the term anesthesia treatment is a colloquial name for general anesthesia, which involves the complete and reversible abolition of consciousness, pain and even muscle tension. This type of anesthesia completely disables consciousness and requires artificial ventilation. In dental offices, it is used only in the treatment of children under 16 years of age and those whose medical condition indicates it. Adults are usually treated under sedation, a type of anesthesia that dampens the patient's reactions to external stimuli, calming him but allowing the doctor to maintain contact with him if necessary. This allows the patient to respond to the doctor's commands. In this procedure, local anesthesia is additionally applied to the treatment site. The level of sedation can be adjusted during the procedure, shallowing or deepening it depending on the patient's mood and the stage of the procedure.

Can procedures be performed under general anesthesiaand under sedation outside the hospital, in a regular dental office?

Treatment under general anesthesia and sedation can be carried out in an outpatient setting offered by a dental clinic. However, it must meet certai...

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