All medical procedures have risks associated with them. Anesthesia is used in many medical procedures that include dental anesthesia, delivery, and surgery. The side effects of anesthesia can range from minor to severe and can occur any time after the anesthesia is administered. Anesthesia deaths are rare but have occurred in a very few percentage of patients. Here are some risks associated with anesthesia.
General anesthesia – Minor side effects may include a sore throat, headache, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, muscle aches and fatigue. In rare cases, aspiration pneumonia can occur where stomach contents flow into the patient’s lungs. Some patients have had severe allergies, blood pressure or heart problems.
Regional anesthesia – Regional anesthesia may include minor symptoms such as those stated above. Some patients complain of pain or an infection where the injection was administered. Prolonged numbness in the areas is also a common side effect that can range from a few hours to a few weeks. In rare cases, patients can experience permanent nerve damage.
Sedation with local anesthesia – Sedation with local anesthesia can include drowsiness, allergic reactions, blood pressure and heart problems.
It is best to speak to your doctor before you book your appointment for your procedure to clarify any concerns. If you have any other medical conditions or symptoms, it is best to inform your doctor at your earliest.
Anyone who has experienced any of the above should consult an attorney about a dental malpractice case.