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Are You Asleep During Jaw Surgery?


Posted on 6/3/2024 by Young Jun DDS MD FACS
A person holding their jaw in painThe surgeon will put you under general anesthesia during most jaw surgeries. You will be asleep and not feel anything during the entire operation.

Why General Anesthesia for Jaw Surgery?


General anesthesia is used during jaw surgery to ensure a comfortable, relaxed, and safe environment for both the patient and the surgeon. The surgeon requires that you remain still during the procedure to avoid any movements in response to pain or discomfort. Moreover, patients should not be aware of the surgery as some aspects may be uncomfortable. General anesthesia renders you completely unconscious, and a trained anesthesiologist will constantly monitor your vitals.

A qualified anesthesiologist must administer general anesthesia to minimize risks, including death. Your oral surgeon will tailor a sedation plan based on your preferences, underlying health conditions, and the specifics of the surgery. Factors influencing sedation choices include age, type and length of the procedure, current medications, and previous experiences with sedation.

How to Prepare for Jaw Surgery


Several clinic appointments are necessary to prepare for your jaw surgery. These appointments may involve your dentist, surgeon, orthodontist, or a team of specialists, depending on the type of surgery. During these meetings, your healthcare providers will evaluate your health and develop a suitable treatment plan, including surgery.

The day before your surgery, you should rest and relax as much as possible. On the day of the surgery, arrive a few hours early to complete any necessary paperwork and preparations. The surgical team will advise you on appropriate clothing and other preparations. You should be in good health and mentally prepared for surgery.

Recovering from Jaw Surgery


The complexity of the surgery will determine your hospital stay, typically ranging from 1 to 2 days, during which a doctor will monitor your recovery closely before discharge. Pain management will involve either intravenous or oral painkillers. Once home, you will continue taking painkillers to manage pain and discomfort, which should subside within a few days, allowing you to return to work.

Conclusion


General anesthesia is administered during jaw surgery to ensure a comfortable and safe environment. Discuss sedation options with our dental surgeon to select the best method for you.




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