General Anaesthetic

Be unaware of any pain or anything happening around or to you

Occasionally, a dental procedure, surgery or treatment will require you to undergo a general anaesthetic to induce complete unconsciousness. This is particularly true of procedures like and surgical extractions such as wisdom teeth removals.There are also some other scenarios where your dentist or specialist may recommend a general anaesthetic, particularly if the procedure requires the dentist to work longer in a single session.

How It Works

A general anaesthetic can only be administered by a qualified anaesthetist in a hospital theatre, not in the dentist’s surgery. Usually administered with an injection into the arm or back of the hand, the anaesthetic will cause you to lose consciousness completely. You will be unaware of any pain or anything happening around or to you. While unconscious, the anaesthetist monitors your vital signs.


Once the surgery or procedure is complete, you will be monitored until you regain consciousness. You’ll then be moved to a ward or recovery area so you can rest until you have recovered enough to leave.

If you suffer headaches, nausea or vomiting following the general anaesthetic, notify a nurse who may supply some medication to help.

It is extremely important to take care for 24 hours following a general anaesthetic as the after effects may impair your judgment or alertness.

  • Do not drive or operating any machinery under any circumstances
  • Ask someone else to cook and prepare food for you
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs or any other medication not previously discussed with your doctor
  • Don’t make any important or legal decisions as your ability to reason and comprehend fully may be reduced
  • Make sure an adult stays with you for the first 24 hours

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