General Anesthesia in Albany, NY

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Overview

At Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, our team is dedicated to helping pediatric and adult patients have relaxed, positive experiences when visiting us for care. Many oral surgery procedures are performed under local anesthesia combined with sedation dentistry options, such as nitrous oxide, oral-conscious sedation, or IV sedation. But at times, patients may need general anesthesia, such as when undergoing more complex oral surgery procedures. General anesthesia delivers a deeper level of relaxation, inducing a sleep-like state of unconsciousness that offers both pain relief and sedation. As board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. Stephen DeMarco, Diego Miron, Timothy Adams, and Luis Delgado have received extensive hospital-based training in general anesthesia. For more on whether general anesthesia is ideal for your oral surgery needs, please schedule a consultation with our Albany, NY team.

Best Candidates

At Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, general anesthesia is often used for oral surgeries due to the complex nature of the procedures. Both young patients and adults may need anesthesia, depending on the procedure they are receiving and the circumstances surrounding their oral needs. General anesthesia may be utilized during corrective jaw surgery, sinus lifts, treatment for facial trauma, or when multiple procedures are required. We know that some patients also experience extreme dental fear and anxiety, and we are here to listen to your concerns and work with you individually to find an appropriate form of sedation or anesthesia for your needs. Drs. DeMarco, Miron, Delgado, and Adams are dedicated to making your dental experience as positive and comfortable as possible.

What to Expect

During your consultation, our oral surgeons will discuss your health history, medications, and past experiences and give you an idea of what to expect during the general anesthesia process. Important pre- and post-treatment instructions will also be reviewed with you at that time. On the day of your procedure, you will need to have an adult escort you to and from your visit. General anesthesia is often provided in a hospital setting and is administered through an IV or a nasal mask. As the medication begins to take effect, you will quickly drift into a sleep-like state, allowing you to rest comfortably throughout your entire oral surgery procedure. Our highly trained surgical team will monitor your vital signs during your visit and ensure you remain in a comfortable state.

Recovery

After your procedure, we will reverse the medications to slowly wake you up. Once you are cleared to leave, a trusted friend or family member may drive you home. It can take up to 24 hours for the side effects of general anesthesia to subside. Within that time, you may experience feelings of grogginess and lethargy. Depending on your needs, pain medication may be prescribed to help ease any discomfort as you begin to heal. It is important to follow post-treatment instructions, drink plenty of fluids, avoid strenuous activities, and avoid operating heavy machinery. A member of our Albany, NY oral surgery team will provide further instruction on when it is safe to resume these activities.

Insurance Coverage

Depending on your insurance benefits, general anesthesia and sedation dentistry may be partially covered under your plan. Before your appointment, our financial coordinator will contact your insurance company to better understand your coverage and learn if there may be any out-of-pocket expenses for your care. Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons proudly accepts several payment options, including CareCredit® financing, to help make covering any personal costs easy and convenient.

Comfortable Care

At Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we want you and your family to get the advanced care you need in the most comfortable way. General anesthesia is an effective option for many patients who require extensive oral care, including corrective jaw surgery, sinus lifts, full-mouth reconstruction, and other procedures. For more information on your anesthesia or sedation options, please schedule a consultation at our oral and maxillofacial practice in Albany, NY.

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