Anesthesia Commonly Asked Questions

Is it safe for me to receive an anesthetic?

If you are healthy, receiving an anesthetic is generally safe. If you have any special conditions or complicated medical history, please inform us, and we will advise you of your options and any risks.

Will I be in pain for my procedure?

You will not feel pain during your procedure. You may feel pressure with a local anesthetic while your procedure is underway, but ideally, you will not feel pain. The numbing agents are effective in keeping you comfortable.

What kind of preparations do I need for a general anesthetic?

We want you to have an empty stomach when you are administered a general anesthetic. After midnight the day before surgery, you are not to eat or drink anything, including water. We also recommend no smoking, vaping, or drinking alcohol use 24 hours prior. 

Will I remember my surgery?

With a local anesthetic, you are fully conscious. You will remember your entire procedure. IV sedation does not affect your consciousness, but most patients do not recall their procedure due to being so relaxed. With a general anesthetic, you will not recall your surgery at all.

How long is the surgery?

The surgery itself typically does not take long, but that depends on what you are having done. Expect to be in the office for 2 to 3 hours to complete check-in, surgery, and post-operative care.

What are the side effects of anesthetic?

Some pain or discomfort after the numbing from surgery wears off is normal. You will be prescribed pain management medication to help with that. You may experience nausea or vomiting from the anesthetic and a sore throat, dizziness, and headaches. These side effects only occur in a very small percentage of cases and do not last long.

What are the risks?

Individual risks vary based on medical history. During your consultation appointment, we will review any possible risks with you.

What happens after surgery?

Our team of registered nurses or registered dental assistants will take care of you after surgery, depending on the type of anesthetic you have had. After which, they will review post-operative care instructions with you and your responsible party following surgery. You will be given resources and advice to help alleviate any pain, discomfort, or nausea. You may feel drowsy immediately after surgery, but this will wear off as the day progresses.