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    If you ask for general, due to fear reasons, is it likely? Has anyone got any exp of this?

    When I was about 10 they used general on me to remove some teeth, because I was crying and wouldn't let them do it. But obviously, I was young so I think it's more plausible. I'd think they are used to people having phobias, I'm just wondering what the options are.
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    Most dental surgeries are not supposed to do GAs there any more as they don't have the requisite monitoring equipment, though I think some still do. It might be possible to request sedation.

    Do you definitely need dental work or is this just for a check-up?
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    I had a general anaesthetic at 8 for having some teeth pulled, but it was at a hospital- where I grew up, doctors and dentist's practices were entirely within hospitals anyway.

    Very much doubt they would do it for anything less than major dental work in adults though, so if we're talking a couple of fillings, no. You may be able to get sedatives though.
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Most dental surgeries are not supposed to do GAs there any more as they don't have the requisite monitoring equipment, though I think some still do. It might be possible to request sedation.

    Do you definitely need dental work or is this just for a check-up?
    (Original post by Teao the Cat)
    I had a general anaesthetic at 8 for having some teeth pulled, but it was at a hospital- where I grew up, doctors and dentist's practices were entirely within hospitals anyway.

    Very much doubt they would do it for anything less than major dental work in adults though, so if we're talking a couple of fillings, no. You may be able to get sedatives though.
    I do need dental work, yeah. It's for a root canal. I don't know if that would class as major
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    (Original post by impossible!)
    I do need dental work, yeah. It's for a root canal. I don't know if that would class as major
    It sounds it to me, but I know both my dad and my stepmother had them with just local anaesthetic. But since wisdom teeth can be done under gereral, I don't know.
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    I've had a root canal filling. In fact I had to have it done twice because the idiot dentist did it wrong the first time. Not very pleasant at all. But the pain from the root infection was 10x worse than anything the dentists threw at me.
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    I have had two dental surgeries. Both of them gave me the choice of local or general. My first surgery I was young, and they pushed me into local and DAMN DID IT HURT. Didn't make that mistake the next time. Most painful thing I have ever experienced. I was dodgy around doctors and dentists for ages, because they had pushed me to do local, and lied to me saying that it wasn't that painful.

    It it's a large enough surgery, you'll get the option for general if you want it.
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    I had a tooth pulled out when I was about 11, but they only used local anesthetic, although to be honest it was fine. It didn't hurt much but it just felt really really odd.
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    (Original post by Teao the Cat)
    It sounds it to me, but I know both my dad and my stepmother had them with just local anaesthetic. But since wisdom teeth can be done under gereral, I don't know.
    its not really major, its just a bit more complicated than a standard filling and you'll probably need 2-3 visits. Major would be something like a surgical for broken down roots that need extracting for which you would need to cout the gum, peel it back, then drill sufficient alveolar bone away to expose the roots.
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    (Original post by impossible!)
    I do need dental work, yeah. It's for a root canal. I don't know if that would class as major
    It's pretty significant, but is commonly done under local. If you're really anxious, I would call up and ask in advance what is possible, much more likely to get a good response than if you just ask on the day.

    I have had 4 teeth out (2 at a time) and a filling, all under local with no problems at all. My sister had her wisdom teeth done under GA as they were badly impacted, and had really nasty post-op vomiting so had to stay in hospital pretty much all day. So it's not a completely clear-cut choice.

    Personally I wouldn't accept a GA outside of a hospital environment with a proper anaesthetist, but that's just me.
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    I've had 2 dental surgeries I think.. 4 teeth removed at age eight - in one appointment, under local.. and 3 removed at age 15 under general - but that was a day case in hospital as I had one in my cheek, one in my gum and one under my tounge! Naaasty!

    It can't hurt to ask, and see what they say..
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    i know a couple of dentists who swear by hypnosis. have you thought about that? General anaesthesia can be quite dangerous if you don't have a trained anaesthesiologist there.
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    (Original post by jabberwocky43219)
    i know a couple of dentists who swear by hypnosis. have you thought about that? General anaesthesia can be quite dangerous if you don't have a trained anaesthesiologist there.
    Would every dentist offer that? It sounds like a specialist thing.

    Thanks for the replies guys. I do realise it would have to be in a hospital rather than a dentist (a girl who went to my primary school later died from general anaesthesia in a dentist...). I will ring up and ask if general is an option. If they say no, I think I'll just cry! It wouldn't be so bad if everyone said that root canals were fine, but from what I've heard, about 70% say they are horrible, and 30% say they are fine. That's not enough to calm my nerves

    (Original post by edd360)
    I've had a root canal filling. In fact I had to have it done twice because the idiot dentist did it wrong the first time. Not very pleasant at all. But the pain from the root infection was 10x worse than anything the dentists threw at me.
    What exactly was the bad bit about it? :/
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    (Original post by impossible!)
    Would every dentist offer that? It sounds like a specialist thing.

    Thanks for the replies guys. I do realise it would have to be in a hospital rather than a dentist (a girl who went to my primary school later died from general anaesthesia in a dentist...). I will ring up and ask if general is an option. If they say no, I think I'll just cry! It wouldn't be so bad if everyone said that root canals were fine, but from what I've heard, about 70% say they are horrible, and 30% say they are fine. That's not enough to calm my nerves



    What exactly was the bad bit about it? :/
    Well when they scrape the root out, pain isn't really the right word because although it can hurt, I think the vibrations of the drill on your teeth are much more uncomfortable. It's quite difficult to explain, you feel the noise and the vibrations through your body. Think of it as unbearable as a big itch you can't scratch. That can sometimes be worse then pain can't it? Same sort of concept, although it doesn't actually feel anything like an itch. Do I make any sense?
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    Yes you can get GA at dental hospitals, you'll rarely find any dentists that use GA in general practices.

    Depending on what you need to get done, local will do the trick, and theres less risks involved. Not to mention you can get up immediately and go back home straight after
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    (Original post by impossible!)
    Would every dentist offer that? It sounds like a specialist thing
    Yeah, it is a bit of a specialist thing and it could be expensive - highly doubt you could get it on NHS for instance lol. But I just thought if your phobia's bad enough to warrant GA then it might be an option worth exploring to control dental anxiety.
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    I have a blood clotting disorder so any proper dental work gets done under general anesthetic.

    But I don't think there's a way of giving yourself that to qualify
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Personally I wouldn't accept a GA outside of a hospital environment with a proper anaesthetist,
    Got anyone in mind!

    To add an answer to this thread, we do provide GA for general dentistry in hospital, typically for extractions that are expected to be difficult the very young and for those with learning difficulties who would not tolerate the procedure.

    GA carries numerous and serious risks and I would question whether, on balance, it would be in the OPs best medical interest. Anaesthetic, is not a treatment for phobia.

    e: I've no doubt that someone will anaesthetise you if you kick up enough of a fuss, given the choice, I probably wouldn't be one of them.
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    Yeah - the dentist that my dad goes to definitely uses GA as my dad can't stand being conscious - he's afraid of feeling pain :erm:
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    (Original post by Renal)
    Got anyone in mind!
    Well it's not going to be me any time soon.
 
 
 
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