General Anaesthetic Dentistry | Sleep Dental

General Anaesthesia is a way of delivering high quality care to people who are unable to receive dental treatment while awake. This page lets you know some information about this and what to expect before and after your visit. Please check the specific advice of your anaesthetist / dentist when using this information.

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What is General Anaesthesia?

General Anaesthesia is a carefully controlled technique controlled by an Anaesthetist which allows dental treatment to be performed while completely asleep.

What drugs are used?

A mixture of drugs may be given depending on individual needs.

How are the drugs given?

Drugs are given in a number of ways. Sometimes a gas can be used to make it easier to fall asleep. Some drugs are given by injection in the hand or arm. We can also use a drink or tablets to make things easier first.

What are the advantages of General Anaesthesia?

General Anaesthesia will let you sleep through the procedure.

Will I be asleep?

Yes, a general anaesthetic allows you to be completely asleep for treatment.

Before General Anaesthesia

You should:

  • Take your medicines as advised
  • Fast as advised
  • Bring a responsible adult escort to the hospital with you, they will stay in the hospital and take you home after your treatment ( day case surgery )
  • Let us know of any changes to your medical history or medications, or if you are pregnant
  • Avoid alcohol

After General Anaesthesia

You should:

  • Let your escort take you straight home in a car or taxi
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you, and look after you for the rest of the day
  • Rest
  • Arrange for someone else to care for anyone you usually look after, such as children or elderly or sick relatives
  • Take your medications as advised


You should not:

  • Travel alone
  • Drive or ride a bicycle or climb ladders
  • Operate machinery including cookers
  • Make important decisions or sign legal documents


This advice is based on the best available information at the time of publishing. The author does not accept responsibility of following this advice without the direction of a dental professional or anaesthetist, which will supersede any advice above. Copyright (C) Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig All rights reserved