General anaesthesia procedures

Dental treatment is very often associated by patients with unpleasant experiences, pain and fear. Nowadays, thanks to the enormous progress in medicine and pharmacology, it is possible to overcome pain during dental procedures with various types of anaesthesia.

Anaesthetic methods in dental examinations and procedures consist in the elimination of pain , tranquilisation and limitation of the patient’s apprehension. In some cases, anaesthetics must put patients under narcosis during the procedure.

In order to ensure maximum patient comfort, at CHARME CLINIQUE only preparations considered to be both the most effective and safest are applied in anaesthesia.

Desensitisation methods in dentistry

Depending on the type of treatment and the related requirements, as well as the age and health condition of a patient, various desensitisation methods may be employed to increase the patient’s comfort.

  • General anaesthesia (narcosis) – loss of consciousness and the resulting feeling of pain elimination. The procedure may be performed solely by an anaesthesiologist. Starting from the beginning of the procedure, the patient is taken to a sleep-resembling state. Anaesthetics may be delivered intravenously or by inhalation through a tightly fitted mouth-and-nose mask. Types of general anaesthesia depend on the procedure and its duration. The patient is continuously monitored. Anaesthesia is safe for treating both children and adults.
  • Sedation is a condition of considerable awareness level lowering achieved with pharmacological methods. It enables the patient to react to and control physical stimuli and perform verbal orders. This patient-friendly and safe method of fear elimination is particularly recommended when treating people who have problems in communicating with the dentist as a result of non-toleration of stress and pain. Throughout the dental procedure usually short-lasting intravenous medicines are administered by an anaesthesiologist (intravenous sedation) and the patient is constantly monitored. The patient is sedated before the beginning of the dental procedure and afterwards the dentist applies local anaesthesia. Such a combination ensures the achievement of an “ideal” state in which along with the patient feeling calm and a sense of mental comfort, pain is eliminated without loss of consciousness.

The effect of the applied sedatives and desensitisers passes after a specific time. The time depends on the dose of the agent, the distribution of the agent, its removal from the body and also on the age and general health condition of the patient.

Before starting a procedure with the use of the aforementioned methods, the following recommendations must be complied with in order to ensure utmost safety.

  • Fasting (abstaining from all food or drinks) is required at least 6 hours before the procedure. Any medicines must be taken at the normal time.
  • No alcohol may be consumed at least 24 hours before the procedure.
  • Nails may not be painted nor can the face be made up.
  • It is recommended not to smoke at least 6 hours before the procedure.
  • Directly before the procedure dental prostheses, removable orthodontic appliances and contact lenses must be taken out.
  • Earrings, rings, chains, buckles or hair pins must be taken off and preferably left at home.
  • For at least 24 hours after the procedure, alcohol must not be drunk, vehicles driven or mechanical appliances operated.
  • After the anaesthetic procedure, the patient should be cared for by an adult for 24 hours.

After the procedure it is recommended that the patient is provided with safe transport home, preferably with an accompanying person.

Along with its specific and undeniable advantages, each type of desensitisation has also got defects. Focusing on the best interests of the patient, at CHARME CLINIQUE we always propose the solution best suited to the specific procedure and least burdensome for the body.