Hospital General Anesthesia

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a drug-induced loss of consciousness where the patient cannot be aroused, even by painful stimulation. The patient’s ability to breathe on their own is impaired and assistance with keeping an airway open is needed by use of intubation. General anesthesia is usually achieved through a combination of inhaled gases and IV medications under the care of an anesthesiologist or CRNA. General anesthesia causes loss of consciousness and loss or depression of some autonomic functions; hence general anesthesia requires a positive pressure ventilator during the duration of the procedure. We do not offer this in our office but have partnered with Story County Medical Center to provide this service through their operating rooms on an outpatient basis.

Which patients does general anesthesia benefit?

  • Extremely anxious individuals who are unable to cooperate when sedated.
  • Patients with sleep apnea – a problem that is magnified with deep sedation.
  • Special needs patients (both mental and physical) where diagnosis cannot be done in-office due to behavior or physical limitations of the facility (diagnosis, cleaning and treatment are completed in one OR visit).
  • A patient with any medical condition that results in safer care being undertaken in a hospital facility.
  • Patients with a high tolerance for medications used for IV sedation.

Patients of any age can qualify for dental work at the OR.