What is Anesthesia?Anesthesia is the administration of medication to allow medical procedures to be done without pain, and in some cases, without the patient being aware during the procedure. There are a variety of types of anesthesia, as well as several different medical professions that are able to give anesthesia.
Anesthesia is used in a wide range of procedures, from highly invasive surgeries, such as open heart surgery, to more minor procedures, such as having a tooth extracted.
The Types of AnesthesiaThere are four types of anesthesia:
The type of anesthesia used during your surgery typically depends upon the type of surgery, your state of health, the length of the surgery and the preferences of your anesthesia provider and surgeon.doctors (anesthesiologist), nurse anesthetists, dentists/oral surgeons and anesthesiologist’s assistants. The level of training varies between different types of providers, with anesthesiologists having the highest level of training.
Before you decide on whether or not to have anesthesia, or what type of anesthesia you prefer to get, find out the answers to key questions so you can have the safest possible procedure.
Make sure your anesthesia provider is well-informed about your health, medications and other issues. There are certain risks that can be avoided with an open conversation with prior to a procedure.
Sources: Patient Education FAQ, American Society of Anesthesiologists http://www.asahq.org/patientEducation.htm
Patient Education FAQ, American Society of Anesthesiologists http://www.asahq.org/patientEducation.htm