Which alternatives to general anesthesia do exist?
Nowadays several possibilities of anesthetization are available to the dentist. With the routinely applied local anesthesia single areas in the oral cavity are numbed. In special cases there is the possibility of sedation which means a kind of “pacification” achieved through special drugs given before the treatment and causing the patient to be in a state of half-sleep.
Nevertheless, for both patients and dentist the most pleasant possibility of anesthesia for longer treatments is the ambulant general anesthesia, the artificial deep sleep.
Which risks does a general anesthetic pose?
The modern anesthesia used in our practice poses a risk of an incident of about 1: 200,000 for healthy patients. Basically it is more likely for you to get involved in an incident on your way to our clinic that during the general anesthesia performed in the dentist’s office.