What happens at a dental practice?

Prior to treatment an anaesthetist informs the patient on the course of the treatment, possible complications and asks about prior illnesses and any medications being taken. In order to maximise sedation safety, the anaesthetist examines and answers all of the patient’s questions. Next, a mutual consent form is signed and the patient receives the anaesthetic.

During a surgery the patient inhales a mix of relaxing gasses through a mask under the watchful eye of an anaesthetist. The strength of the sedation may be changed in relation to the gas concentration. Painless treatment is guaranteed by a combination of local anaesthetic and breathable mix of gases. Whilst the dentist and nurse focus on the dental treatment, anaesthetist constantly observes the patient, the action of their heart, blood pressure and blood oxygen level.

Important information which should be known prior to sedation

In order to ensure maximum safety of the patients, it is required that no solids are consumed 6 hours prior to the treatment, and no liquids 4 hours prior to the treatment. The reason for this is that under narcosis the level of awareness is decreased and the swallowing and coughing functions cannot be controlled correctly.

Important information which should be known after sedation.

Patients remain under observation for an hour after a sedation. Driving a car is not recommended. Patients are considered to be temporarily unable to make decisions, thus another person should accompany them during leaving the clinic and for the rest of the day.

Possible side effects

Sedation does not cause nausea, headaches or dizziness. A possible effect after sedation is numbness. Additional effect after a sedation is letting go of inhibitions. Thus, patients are happy, often laughing after a treatment. After hundreds of performed sedations, our patients have not experienced any complications during the treatment.

State of health

Patients with a high blood pressure, but otherwise in a good state of health may also be subjected to sedation. Their state of health will be examined by an anaesthetist period to delivering the sedation.

In the event of any factor appearing or a severe illness, which may affect the patient’s health, the final decision on applying sedation lies with the anaesthetist. Sedation cannot be used for pregnant women.

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