When patients are required to go under the knife for the purposes of carrying out extensive surgical procedures, they are required to be under the weather, so to speak, for at least a couple of hours. That means to suggest that they will be fully unconscious for the duration of their surgeries. This is necessary in order to prevent patients’ bodies (and minds) from suffering any further pain and trauma.
But of course, there are many more surgical procedures, all entirely necessary following the medical specialists’ diagnoses, that do not require the patient to be fully unconscious. For the patient to be fully unconscious, a strong anesthetic needs to be applied. And it can only be administered by a medical practitioner that holds the relevant certification to do so. This practitioner is usually one of the important members of the head surgeon’s team in the operating theater.
But for smaller settings, such as the dentist’s chair, no such specialist needs to be present. The dentist carrying out the procedure will be the one administering a local anesthetic. This anesthetic allows the patient to be fully conscious during the dental operation, and of course, he or she will not feel a thing, other than the usual post-operative sensations of numbness and some discomfort. For patients that need to undergo dental surgery, it is expected that their conditions are surgically safe and risk free.
To this end, patients can feel reassured that only those dental practitioners that have the required conscious sedation certification for dentists will be allowed to administer such an anesthetic. It would be hard to prove otherwise but should patients ever suspect that their practitioners’ are acting outside of their parameters and regulations, they should report this to the relevant medical board immediately.