General Anaesthesia

Ensuring pain-free and comfortable dental procedure

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General Anaesthesia in Dentistry

Introducing a Stress-Free Solution for Dental Anxiety – A First in Tasmania!

Are you feeling anxious or fearful about your upcoming dental procedure? At Innova Dental, we understand that dental anxiety is a real concern for many patients, and we're here to provide you with a stress-free solution that ensures your comfort and peace of mind throughout your treatment.

Imagine a dental experience where you can simply relax and let go of all worries. With our option for general anesthesia, we can help you achieve just that. As the pioneers of general anesthesia in a dental setting in Tasmania, we are proud to offer you an unparalleled level of care and comfort during your dental procedures. If you are anxious about your surgical procedure, or simply cannot imagine being awake for any dental treatment at all, speak to our team to find out about sleep dentistry! It is administered by a skilled anaesthesia team, who meticulously monitor vital signs throughout the procedure.

By offering General Anaesthesia at our practice, our goal is to provide patients with a pain-free and anxiety-free dental experience, thereby promoting optimal oral health and overall well-being.

Optimal Comfort, Optimal Care: Benefits of Dental General Anaesthesia

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Effective pain management is a cornerstone of patient care during surgical procedures. Anesthesia, whether general, regional, or local, is carefully administered to ensure that patients are pain-free throughout the operation. This involves the use of various anesthetic agents and techniques tailored to the individual's needs and the nature of the surgery.

Anxiety is a common concern for patients facing surgery, and managing it is essential for both their well-being and the success of the procedure. Preoperative sedatives may be administered to help alleviate anxiety before surgery. Additionally, clear communication from the anaesthesia team, including an explanation of procedures and reassurance, can help reduce anxiety levels.

Comfortable patients are more likely to cooperate during surgery, facilitating a smoother procedure for both the medical team and the patient. Anaesthesia ensures that patients remain relaxed and cooperative, minimising movements that could interfere with the surgical process. A conducive environment in the operating room, with appropriate temperature, lighting, and supportive staff, further enhances patient comfort and cooperation.

Invasive treatments, such as major surgeries or procedures requiring prolonged immobilisation, demand a high level of patient cooperation and comfort. It is well-suited for such cases as it induces a state of unconsciousness and neuromuscular junction, muscle relaxation ensuring patients remain still and comfortable throughout the procedure. This allows surgeons to perform intricate procedures with precision while minimising side effects.

Why Choose Innova Dental for Surgical Procedures

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Our dental practice is equipped with the latest technology and staffed by a team of professionals, including consultant Anaesthetists and anaesthetic nurses. We have experience in administering general anaesthesia for a wide range from minor procedures to major operations. We ensure that patients receive care throughout their treatment.

We understand that dental procedures can be a daunting experience for some patients. That's why we create a supportive environment where patients feel reassured and cared for every step of the way. 

Contact us today to learn more about our anaesthesia services and schedule your consultation.

Steps of General Anaesthesia

Pre-operative Evaluation

This includes a review of medical history, current medications, and any pre-existing conditions that may affect anaesthesia. The Anaesthetic team assesses the patient's overall health to ensure they are suitable candidates for certain procedures eligible for general anaesthesia.

Pre-operative Preparation

Fasting before the procedure is recommended to reduce the risk of aspiration.  A pre-operative sedative can be given to help alleviate anxiety, malignant hyperthermia, or high blood pressure before entering the operating room.

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Induction Phase

Anaesthetic agents are administered intravenously or via inhalation to induce rapid onset. During this phase, vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation are closely monitored for lengthy procedures.

Maintenance Phase

Once unconsciousness is achieved, the maintenance phase begins. The team monitors the patient's vital signs and adjusts the anaesthetic levels as needed to ensure optimal comfort and safety during medical procedures.

Surgical Procedure

While under general anaesthesia, patients are completely unaware of the surgical procedure taking place. The dental surgeon performs the dental procedures while the patient remains asleep and free from pain stimuli. Muscle relaxants may be used to prevent uncontrolled movements and facilitate surgical access.

Recovery Phase

After the surgical procedure is completed, patients are carefully monitored as they begin to wake from anaesthesia. They are transferred to the recovery room where they are closely observed, and any postoperative pain is managed. Patients slowly regain consciousness, and once they are fully awake and stable, they are discharged with appropriate postoperative instructions.

When is General Anaesthesia Used in Dentistry

General anaesthesia plays a vital role in dentistry, particularly for specific procedures where local anaesthesia may experience unintended intraoperative awareness adequate pain control or patient comfort. At Innova Dental, we prioritise patient safety and comfort, and we carefully assess each case to determine if general anaesthesia is the most appropriate option.

  • Complex Oral Surgeries: General anaesthesia is commonly used for complex oral surgeries such as impacted wisdom tooth extraction, jaw reconstruction, or corrective surgery for facial trauma. These procedures often require extensive manipulation of tissues and bone, and general anaesthesia ensures that patients remain pain-free and still throughout the operation.

  • Dental anxiety: For patients with crippling anxiety, or other conditions that make them unable to cooperate during dental procedures, general anaesthesia may be necessary. This approach allows the dental team to perform necessary treatments while ensuring the safety and comfort of the patient.

  • Extensive Restorative Work: In cases where patients require extensive restorative work, such as multiple fillings, crowns, or root canal treatments in one session, general anaesthesia may be preferred to minimize discomfort and anxiety. This approach enables the dentist to complete all necessary treatments efficiently while the patient is comfortably sedated.

  • Pediatric Dentistry: General anaesthesia is often used in pediatric dentistry for young children who are unable to tolerate dental procedures under local anaesthesia alone. This approach is especially beneficial for lengthy or invasive treatments, allowing children to undergo necessary dental care without experiencing fear or distress.

  • Emergency Surgery: In dental emergencies, such as severe infections or traumatic injuries, general anaesthesia may be required for immediate surgical intervention. This ensures that patients receive prompt and effective treatment while minimizing pain and discomfort.

  • Patient Preference: In some situations, patients may request general anaesthesia due to severe anxiety or fear of dental procedures. While this option is carefully considered and discussed with the patient, it can provide a sense of reassurance and control, allowing them to undergo necessary dental treatments with confidence.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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A Same Day Crown, also known as a CEREC crown, is a dental crown that is designed, fabricated, and placed in a single dental visit using advanced CAD/CAM technology. It eliminates the need for temporary crowns and multiple appointments, providing a convenient and efficient solution for restoring damaged or decayed teeth.

With Same Day Crown technology, the entire process can be completed in just a few hours, typically within the same dental appointment. This means you can walk out of our office with a fully functional and aesthetically pleasing crown in place on the same day as your initial visit.

Yes, Same Day Crowns are made from high-quality materials such as ceramic or porcelain, which are known for their strength and durability. With proper care and maintenance, a Same Day Crown can last just as long as a traditional crown.

Same Day Crowns offer several advantages, including convenience, time-saving, and accuracy. Since the entire process is completed in a single visit, there is no need for temporary crowns or multiple appointments. Additionally, the CAD/CAM technology ensures precise fit and aesthetics for optimal results.

While Same Day Crowns are suitable for many patients, certain cases may require traditional crown placement. Your dentist will evaluate your specific dental needs and determine whether a Same Day Crown is the best option for you.

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Samina Alam
I've been Dr. Amir's patient for a while now. He always takes the time to explain the processes in detail and really shares his wisdom to keep teeth healthy.
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Codie Kringle

Emergency same day treatment of the front tooth. Jess and assistant was lovely and kind. Jess work is amazing and so gentle. Going back in the future.

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Lacie Hall

Absolutely amazing, Lauren the receptionist was so lovely and Dr Olan (I think that was her name) done such a great job with me, so gentle, polite and comforting.

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Brad Bell

Great experience and always friendly staff 👍🏼

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Linda Cundall

Great work
Made me feel as comfortable as he could as I get very nervous.
Next day it feels great isn’t as sore as I was expecting.

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Tracey Wheatley

Amazing service, would definitely recommend this dental surgery. Made me feel super comfortable and relaxed. I’m actually looking forward to my next appointment!

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James_T _Ripper

My experience with Dr. Jess was great. I found her not only to be incredibly professional but also kind and helpful with even the dumbest if questions from me.
I cannot recommend this place enough.

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Di Robbie

Excellent communication and front desk service. Dr Ha was very thorough and approachable.

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Chloe Wilson

Amazing experience at Innova!

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Joel Baker

Highly recommended, I’ll definitely be staying with Innova Dental. Great people

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Andrea Dawkins

I had 4 wisdom teeth out under a local and didn’t feel a thing. The team are amazing, ensuring you feel safe and comfortable. Can’t recommend this dentist enough.

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Gregory Potters

Dr. Xuan Xi is a great communicator, a gentle practitioner, and his work is always perfection.

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Jason Barber

Top class facilities and friendly staff from reception to the dentists and assistants. State of the art equipment. Very comfortable experience! Super nice people :)

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Steph Brake

Great service, very friendly. Explained everything really well and went above and beyond with their quality care

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Debbie Strange

Made me feel at ease, very happy with my visit.

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Jen Evans

Dr Olan and her team provide professional and friendly service. I’m delighted by the dental work I received and can highly recommend.

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Taryn Visser

There is definite soreness from where the teeth were taken, but all of the bleeding has stopped and there’s not too much bruising. A really good experience

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Helen Morice

Excellent service provided and would highly recommend Innova Dental Launceston

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Denise Hay

Easy access to last minute appointment, gentle, thorough and welcoming.

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Elizabeth Skirving

You feel cared for by the team at Innova Dental, Dr Ha is very professional, efficient and has a lovely approach when looking after my teeth.

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