General anesthesia at the dentist

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General anesthesia at the dentist? What you need to know about it

For which dental treatment is general anesthesia useful??

In patients who are under dental fear le >General anesthesia is often the only way that the dentist can perform an operation. Even with young children and people with impairments or disabilities, anesthesia may be necessary for surgery. Why? With many dental treatments, it is necessary to keep the mouth open for a long time, not to swallow or to respond to precise instructions from the dentist. If the patient does not understand them, bites them out of fear, cannot open their mouth wide enough, or gets severe pain when they keep their mouth open for a long time, it is easier to have the procedure under general anesthetic perform.

For particularly complex or difficult interventions, general anesthesia can be the best solution for all patients. These include the following treatments:

  • Total renovation
  • Removal of several or ingrown wisdom teeth
  • Interventions in highly inflamed jaw areas
  • Interventions such as placing implants and bridges (since teeth have to be ground down here)

An alternative to general anesthesia is twilight sleep (technical term sedoanalgesia): it is a light anesthetic from which, unlike general anesthesia, it can be easily awakened. A sedative is injected into the arm to help you sleep in the dark, and you also get a local anesthetic in your mouth. This way you get less of the intervention and is relaxed.

How does general anesthesia work at the dentist??

Are there general anesthesia risks??

One thing must be clear: there is no "small" or "short" anesthesia – anesthesia is always anesthesia and therefore a burden on the body. Dental surgery has a much lower risk of injury, respiratory arrest, and similar complications than other surgical procedures.

However, the consultation at the beginning is particularly important, in which the general state of health, allergies to certain medications, cardiovascular problems, etc. must be clarified. A good state of health of the patient is crucial for the patient to tolerate the anesthesia well.

What costs can arise from anesthesia?

Exactly how much the cost is depends on the precise intervention. You must definitely discuss the costs in advance with your dentist, he must also submit a cost estimate! Hundreds of euros are to be expected – prices from 200 to 1,500 euros can be found on the Internet.

In certain cases, the costs are also borne by the health insurance company, e.g. for children up to the age of six, people with severe disabilities, people for whom local narcotics cannot be used (e.g. due to an allergy), or for people with proven dental phobia.

You can find more information about the assumption of costs by the Vienna regional health insurance here .

The basic procedure for assumption of costs is the same for all health insurance companies: the cost estimate must be submitted to the health insurance company before the start of treatment and must be approved. After the treatment, you have to submit the invoice to the cashier and get a portion of the costs reimbursed – usually 80% of the cash tariff for the treatment.

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