Injection or intravenous (into a vein) methods require more experience to be administered and monitored properly. Injections and intravenous medications should be used only by dentists with extensive training in these techniques.
General anesthesia puts a patient into a deep sleep. He or she is unable to feel pain or to move around. General anesthesia may be recommended if the patient:
- Can't relax or calm down enough for
treatment to be performed safely, even with
conscious sedation and other behavior
- Needs oral surgery or other dental treatment
that would be difficult for the patient to
tolerate while awake
- Needs a lot of dental work that can best be
done in one long appointment rather than
many shorter visits
- Has a medical, physical or emotional
disability that limits his or her ability to
understand directions and be treated safely
as an outpatient
Some general dentists have received training and a certification in general anesthesia, while others contract with an anesthesiologist. These professionals are trained to deliver the medications and monitor patients during the procedure and handle any complications that may occur.