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Anesthesiology/Anesthetic Concerns of Upcoming Oral Surgery


Hi, I'm 15 years old and having all four of my wisdom teeth extracted Monday morning. I have a few concerns about the anesthesia to be administered. At my consultation, I requested that my oral surgeon use Propofol, as it is the only general anesthetic I have been administered in the past, therefore I know I tolerate it quite well. I also requested two doses of Valium for my extensive anxiety about surgical procedures. I am supposed to take the first dose of Valium before I go to sleep the night before the procedure and the second dose an hour before the procedure takes place.

I am curious if Propofol and Valium, when used together, may heighten the risk of serious complications during the procedure.

Thank you.

For your age, generally not. Valium, in elder populations, has a longer half-life, so patients stay sedated longer and can have respiratory problems. IN young people, this is not the case. It is not uncommon to give a sedative pre-procedure as in your case. As long as your oral surgeon is trained in the use of Propofol, you should have no worries.

Ronald Levy, MD
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Ronald Levy, M.D.


Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. I am a board certified anesthesiologist who can answer all questions related to any type of Anesthesia with the exception of Pain Management.

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