General Anesthesia

Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery

Northern Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Surgeons located in Burke, VA, Reston, VA & Alexandria, VA

Have you put off corrective jaw surgery, sinus lift, or dental implants because you’re worried about the pain or discomfort associated with treatment? If so, you’re probably the right candidate for general anesthesia. At Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery in Burke, Alexandria, and Reston, Virginia, the dental sedation experts specialize in the safe and effective administration of general anesthesia. To book your appointment, call or click the online booking tool today.

General Anesthesia Q & A

Are oral and maxillofacial surgeons trained in the use of general anesthesia?

Yes. All oral and maxillofacial surgeons, like those at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, complete at least four years of training post-dental school in a hospital-based surgical residency program. 

During this training, the surgeons serve in the anesthesiology department, learning to evaluate patients, deliver anesthetic, and monitor their recovery following treatment. When you partner with the team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, you can feel confident knowing you’ll receive the best, most comprehensive care. 

How is general anesthesia applied?

The team administers general anesthesia directly into your bloodstream through the use of intravenous (IV) treatment. Prior to the operation, your provider carefully places a needle in your vein and releases the sedative. IV general sedation works much more quickly than oral sedation and allows your surgeon to adjust your sedation levels throughout the operation, ensuring your comfort. 

How do I prepare for treatment with general anesthesia?

To achieve the best possible results, your Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery provider asks you to prepare for general anesthesia adequately. First, you should stop eating all food and consuming all beverages (including water) eight hours before your operation. Also, if you use tobacco products, you should put them away at least 12 hours before your surgery. 

Second, make sure to have a friend or family member who can drive you home after your operation. General anesthesia knocks you out completely, so you shouldn’t operate any heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after your surgery.

Third, wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to your appointment and leave all of your jewelry, including glasses and earrings at home. You should also avoid heavy make-up, including lipstick or blush. 

Last, but not least, let your provider know about any medications or supplements you’re currently taking, and whether you feel unwell with, for example, a sore throat, cold, or stomach upset. This is absolutely crucial because some medicines can interact with the anesthesia and cause adverse side-effects.

What is recovery like after general anesthesia?

Following treatment with general anesthesia, it’s perfectly normal to feel groggy and drowsy. Make sure to take at least a full day off of work or school and follow your provider’s recovery instructions carefully. You should feel like yourself again within 24-48 hours. 

If you’ve been putting off dental care that you desperately need due to fear or anxiety, general anesthesia may be able to help. Make an appointment at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery over the phone, or click the online booking tool today.