Your Anaesthetist will meet you to discuss your anaesthetic before your procedure. Having an anaesthetic does not necessarily mean that you are “asleep”. There may be alternatives to a “general” anaesthetic, depending on the type of procedure you will be having and to your specific needs.
Your Anaesthetist will
- Take care of you while you are unconscious and unable to do so for yourself
- Minimise pain, discomfort and any psychological stress related to your procedure, and
- Provide your surgeon with the best operating conditions to ensure the best possible result with your surgery
Your Anaesthetist will review the paperwork you completed prior to your admission. They willl ask you questions and examine your teeth, airway, heart and lungs.
They will need to know about:
- previous medical problems
- tablets or medications that you are taking, and any allergies and previous adverse reactions to medication
- any problems with previous anaesthetics
- smoking and drinking habits
- indigestion or gastric reflux
- previous dental work