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The purpose of anesthesia is to help patients requiring medical treatment in Virginia to feel more at ease during their procedure, to experience less discomfort and to optimize the time their physician spends working on their body. However, as with any type of drug, anesthesia has some risk factors that can be harmful if not taken into account. Patients can better protect themselves when they are aware of these risks and have prepared adequately to receive anesthesia. 

According to Web MD, there are two specific types of anesthesia. These include the following:

  • Local anesthesia: A localized dose of anesthesia will only affect a small part of the body such as when someone is having a cavity filled. 
  • General anesthesia: A general dose of anesthesia will cause a person to fall asleep completely such as during a complicated surgical procedure. 

Dictating the type of anesthesia that will be received is based on the treatment a patient is receiving. Other factors taken into account include the patient's medical history and how much pain could be experienced as a result of the procedure that is taking place. Usually, when people are given general anesthesia, they will need to coordinate a ride home from their doctor or hospital. 

Web MD also suggests that some of the most serious risks a person faces when receiving anesthesia include if they have eaten ahead of time. Most doctors will require their patients to fast so they avoid vomiting their food during the procedure which could lead to aspiration. Other risks include if people have a history in their family of negative reactions to anesthesia or if they have previously suffered an allergic reaction because of anesthesia.  

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