Anesthesia FAQ

Questions and Answers on Oral Surgery Anesthesia

What are the benefits of general anesthesia?

Having surgery under general anesthesia is beneficial for both the patient and the surgeon. The patient is still and comfortable, so the surgical team can perform in an optimal environment. This allows surgical quality and proficiency — providing you with the very best chance for an ideal outcome.

Does Dr. Loetscher administer general anesthesia?

Yes, Dr. Loetscher is board certified in general anesthesia. Dr. Loetscher is one of the only oral & maxillofacial surgeons in the state that is trained and set-up to safely administer true general anesthesia. Also, our surgery facility is set-up as an out-patient surgery center with hospital grade anesthesia equipment, all safety drugs, back-up power generators, and a team of Registered Nurses (RNs).

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What should I know before I come in for general anesthesia?

Before going under general anesthesia you need to fast (nothing to eat or drink) 8 hours prior to your surgery. You can brush your teeth just spit out the water and paste. The patient will also need to have a driver lined up to take them home after their surgery. We recommend that someone stays with the patient the rest of the day until they recover from anesthesia.

Are there any side effects I should be aware of?

There are very few side effects to general anesthesia. You may be a little nauseous and tired after waking up from surgery and that is why you are required to have a driver to take you home after surgery. You may experience a sore throat or a bloody nose due to the intubation. These are all very common. If you have any questions regarding any side effects we have an emergency contact number after hours and a nurse will get back to you as soon as possible.

How long will it take to recover from general anesthesia?

This can vary from person to person, however, in most cases the effects can wear off in a few hours.

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Are you able to provide general anesthesia for a child with special needs?

Yes, Dr. Loetscher and his team of registered nurses are trained to take care of children with special needs under anesthesia. Each team member has a specific job in the operation room to make sure the patient is in the most safe and comfortable environment.

Who is a candidate for anesthesia?

Most adults and children are all candidates for general anesthesia. After Dr. Loetscher and our team of surgical assistants go over your medical history, they will determine what time of anesthesia is best for you.

What procedures are performed under general anesthesia at AOMS?

All procedures at our office can be performed under general anesthesia. It is the best form of anesthesia for both the surgeon and patient.

Will my insurance cover anesthesia?

On the day of surgery you will be required to pay in full. However, the amount that your insurance pays will be refunded to you. We will file your insurance on the day of your appointment. Insurance typically takes around 30 to 40 business days to process our claim.

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Do I need to fast for general anesthesia?

Yes, you will need to fast 8 hours prior to your procedure. You can brush your teeth just spit out the tooth paste and water. If you have any medication that you take daily you can take them with just a small sip of water. Please let our nurses know what medications you take daily as some medications are prohibited on the day of surgery.

Will there be a registered nurse present?

Yes, we currently have 3 registered nurses on our team that are highly trained in anesthesia to provide our patients with the safest and most efficient form of anesthesia.