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How can general anesthesia help with dental pain?

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Here, you're "put to sleep" for the duration of the procedure. It can happen in the dentist's office, but more likely it's done in a hospital setting. This is because this type of anesthesia has risks, which include a sudden drop in blood pressure and irregular heartbeats, so things need to be closely monitored.

For these reasons, general anesthesia is typically only used if extensive dental work is needed and when other forms of sedation or pain control are not sufficient to conquer fear.

From: Controlling Dental Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Anesthesia & Sedation."

American Dental Association: "Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students."

Medscape: "Pain Management in Dentistry."

 

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Anesthesia & Sedation."

American Dental Association: "Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students."

Medscape: "Pain Management in Dentistry."

 

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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