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