If you ask anyone on the street about general anesthesia, more often than not they are likely to imply that it is a tool used most commonly in hospitals during surgery. However, this tool has been and is today a treatment staple in the dental world. Many procedures are performed with the aid of dental anesthesia in San Diego, CA and around the nation, some of which would not otherwise be possible. So how do you know if you need to go under during your next visit? Consider the following scenarios:
1. Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety is a real condition that can cause patients anxiety attacks and extreme fear. Most of this can be avoided with the use of anesthesia in dentistry. Patients simply go to sleep prior to any injections or the beginning of a procedure, so they avoid seeing or feeling the triggers that cause their panic in the first place.
2. Complex History
When patients require an extended amount of work, or have a complex dental or medical history, they may be best suited to dental anesthesia in San Diego, CA when they receive treatment. Going under can help doctors work more easily and quickly, and may also help patients go through many treatments at one time instead of having them last for several weeks at a time.
3. Special Needs
Special needs individuals have a special place in our hearts, but they may not be fully capable of understanding what is happening at the dentist and why. General anesthesia may be the easiest and kindest way to ease their fear and facilitate a smooth visit in which all their needs are addressed.
4. Too Young
We are seeing more patients every day who suffer from extensive tooth decay at a very young age. Many patients are too young to understand what is happening and may become extremely distressed while their issues are addressed, so anesthesia in dentistry may be the best option for them.
If you feel that general anesthesia may be the best option for your future dental visits, please contact our office today. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Henninger by calling us at 866-908-3307.