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What are the risks of anesthesia?

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While the idea of "going under" may worry you, the risks of anesthesia are pretty low these days. As a matter of fact, not only have errors become relatively uncommon, but experts say anesthesia is one of the safest areas of health care today.

SOURCES: 

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "Anesthesia."

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists: "All About Anesthesia."

JAMA Patient Page: "General Anesthesia."

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 18, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "Anesthesia."

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists: "All About Anesthesia."

JAMA Patient Page: "General Anesthesia."

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 18, 2018

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