Anaesthesia (analgesic sedation)

Certain dental treatments make anaesthesia a reasonable choice. In our office, we consider that complex surgical procedures justify the use of anaesthesia. Such surgical procedures can last for several hours and be very exhausting both psychologically and physically for the patient. In such cases we recommend anaesthesia in order to make this experience more comfortable.

We provide analgesic sedation, also called conscious sedation. As opposed to total anaesthesia, analgesic sedation is a mild form of sedation, sufficient to provide freedom of pain and to effectively support the wellbeing and the comfort of the patient.

We work with an experienced anaesthesiologist, who provides the necessary equipment and expert skills. He is a professor of anaesthesiology at the General and University Hospital in Vienna with the long-standing experience and expertise necessary to keep the sedation risks to a minimum.

Advantages

Analgesic sedation provides excellent working conditions for the dental surgeon because the patient is relaxed. The treatment lasts longer without sedation because of the need to reapply the local anaesthetic and provide short breaks for the patient. Furthermore, good working conditions under sedation make it possible to proceed in a conservative way. Possible swelling and pains are thus reduced.

But not only is the time of the surgical procedure more effectively used. If needed, the treatment can be extended because the patient is not conscious of the duration. The patient falls asleep and when he/she wakes up, the procedure is completed.

Limitations

Anaesthesia is not something to be treated lightly. Not every patient is robust enough to permit chair-side anaesthesia. Exact diagnostic findings as well as hi-tech equipment are required. This type of anaesthesia for dental treatment is not covered by standard medical insurance and has to be paid for privately.

Present-day anaesthesia is a very safe procedure. However, there is some residual risk through previous health conditions, rare metabolic dysfunction or unforeseen hypersensitivity to certain medication, which can have adverse effects on the patient’s health. These risks are assessed by the anaesthesiologist through an informative consultation. Although the anaesthesiologist is trained to deal with the challenges posed by such risks, only he/she can decide what course is in the best interests of the patient.

Your options

Talk to us if you would prefer to undergo a particular dental treatment under anaesthesia. We would be glad to offer our recommendation for or against anaesthesia for the planned dental treatment and arrange contact with the anaesthesiologist.