General anaesthesia for dental treatment
Queensway Dental Clinic, in conjunction with the University Hospital of Hartlepool, can now offer adult patients a private General Anaesthesia (GA) service for their dental treatment.
Until now, the hospital general anaesthesia service was an NHS service that could only be accessed by children, adults with special needs or adults requiring complex oral surgery.
This new general anaesthesia service for dental treatment run by Queensway Dental Clinic in conjunction with the University Hospital of Hartlepool is only available on a private basis to severely phobic adults that are otherwise healthy, but may not have attended check-ups or had dental issues tended to in many years.
Typical treatment that can be carried out under general anaesthetic includes essential routine dental care i.e. fillings and extractions, dental implant placement and its associated surgery or oral surgery procedures such as the removal of wisdom teeth and difficult extractions.
Dental treatment under general anaesthesia isn’t suitable for everyone. It is only used as a last resort when other anxiety control methods for dental treatment, such as conscious sedation are deemed inappropriate by a dentist. To view the different types of conscious sedation offered at Queensway Dental Clinic please click here.
Patient suitability will be determined by a dentist at an assessment visit at Queensway Dental Clinic. If you would like to discuss your dental concerns with Dr Paul Averley and be considered for dental treatment with general anaesthesia, please call 01642 554667.
Some common questions about general anaesthetic answered:
What is General Anaesthesia?
General Anaesthetic is a type of anaesthesia that puts you in a state of controlled sleep (unconsciousness). You won’t respond to pain or remember what happened during your procedure, so that dental surgery can be carried out without causing any pain or discomfort as you will be asleep.
Why do I have to go to hospital for general anaesthesia?
General anaesthesia cannot be carried out in a dental practice as this is an unsuitable environment. Your assessment will be carried out at Queensway Dental Clinic but we have linked with the University Hospital of Hartlepool to allow you to undergo your treatment in a safe environment. This fulfils requirements for advanced life support and allows access to critical care facilities as well as to dedicated assistance to aid recovery and discharge of patients.
How long will I be in hospital for?
The majority of patients will be discharged from hospital on the same day as your treatment. However you will need to be under the care of a family member or friend for 24 hours after your treatment. This will be explained in the assessment visit. Alternatively for more information you can call Mrs Julie Hegedus on 01642 554667.
Are there any risks involved?
Today’s modern anaesthesia means that serious problems are uncommon; however, risk cannot be removed completely. Modern equipment, training and drugs have made it a very safe procedure in recent years.
The risks to you as an individual will depend on:
- Whether you have any other illnesses
- Personal factors, such as smoking or being overweight
- Surgery which is complicated, long or done in an emergency.
Risks and potential complications will be discussed in further detail at your assessment visit.
What if I live out of the area, can I still access this service?
As this is a private service we will be treating patients (who are deemed suitable) from all over the country. If you need accommodation for your assessment or hospital visit, please take a look at our useful travel and accommodation information.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the assessment at Queensway Dental Clinic is £60.00. The starting price for dental treatment with general anaesthetic is £1500.00, but this is dependent on treatment and laboratory items required. The total cost will be given in your assessment visit once you have had a dental examination.