ANESTHESIA FOR ADULTS
When it comes to providing anesthesia in a dental office, there is no one more qualified than a dental anesthesiologist. You may hear about many offices that provide sedation.
Typically, the dentist at these offices provide sedation while simultaneously performing the dentistry. These dentists are often limited to providing completely awake forms of sedation (Nitrous Oxide, Triazolam etc) due to having minimal training in anesthesia.
Dr. Eitan Gross provides both conscious and unconscious anesthesia and provides only the anesthesia while your dentist performs the dentistry. This method, in addition to having several years of training in hospital based general anesthesia, allows the anesthesiologist to focus solely on the anesthesia and ensures that the HIGHEST safety standards are met.
Make sure that if you are being put to sleep for dental work it is with a certified dental anesthesiologist, such as Dr. Eitan Gross. Many dental offices in South Florida offer “sleep dentistry”, but it is not true “sleep dentistry” as the dentist is not trained to provide that level of sedation.
Additionally, many dentists in South Florida employ nurse anesthetists for their in-office anesthesia. Not only is this illegal in the state of Florida (if the dentist doesn’t have an anesthesia permit) but it can be outright dangerous since these offices are not properly equipped for anesthesia.
Recovery and Post-op
You are usually ready to leave the office within one hour of the conclusion of the procedure. You will be able to sit and stand without any undesirable symptoms, and will be able to walk by yourself or with minimal help. You should continue to take pain medications, as prescribed by your doctor, without worry of interaction with any of the sedative drugs. You may eat or drink as allowed by your doctor. You should not drive, operate machinery, or make important decisions until the next day. You must have an adult available at home on the evening of surgery.
An EKG is used to monitor the heart rhythm. A pulse oximeter monitors blood oxygen levels at all times. Respiration is monitored utilizing capnography, electronic precordial stethoscope and direct observation. An automatic blood pressure monitor is also used. Close observation is employed the entire time you are asleep by both our anesthesiologist and nurse.