Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is anesthesia safe?


Anesthesia is administered by a licensed anesthesiologist, who was trained in a formal anesthesia residency program. Medications used are all state of the art, considered safe, and used as intended. The anesthesiologist, through his clinical skills and modern electronic equipment, monitors your vitals signs (pulse, breathing, blood pressure, oxygen level, and heart rhythm) and assures they are maintained normally throughout your procedure.

Q: Why is anesthesia important?


Anesthesia is important because it eliminates pain and anxiety during your procedure. It allows your dentist more time to perform complicated procedures and reduce physical shock and emotional stress.

Q: Who benefits from anesthesia?


Any adult, child and adolescent in good health is a candidate for anesthesia and sedation. Those who benefit most are individuals with physical or mental disabilities.

Q: Is dental care while asleep (General Anesthetic) covered by my dental insurance?


Every benefit plan is different— there may be no coverage, partial or complete coverage. It all depends on your plan. Some plans require a tooth to be removed before anesthesia is covered. There are many variations in plans, so it is your responsibility to research your insurance details.

It is important for you to contact your insurance company to determine: Yearly maximums and Coverage for general anesthesia. Privacy legislation does not allow us to directly contact your insurance company.

Q: After the treatment is vomiting normal?


Vomiting is a risk following anesthesia, but not all patients will experience post-operative nausea and vomiting.  Sometimes once the patient starts to wake up and start to swallow again blood gets into the stomach from the treatment is completed. Blood is a major irritation to the stomach and is best that it comes back up. Once the blood is gone the vomiting will stop.

Q: When will I feel "normal" again?


Most patients will be sleepy for most of the afternoon. They will typically perk up after a light meal and liquids.