Dr. Alijanian and team always want you to be safe before, during and after an oral surgery procedure. This blog serves as an informational article that can help you make a better decision regarding marijuana prior to or after an oral surgery procedure.
Your oral surgeon needs to know about marijuana use before surgery.
If you are a regular user of marijuana, you will typically require bigger doses of anesthetic medication to have the same level of sedation. Tell your your oral surgeon how much marijuana you imbibe so your anesthesia levels will be accurate for best results.
Is Marijuana use before anesthesia is administered dangerous?
Yes, it can impact decreased blood pressure and delayed awakening from anesthesia as well as other side effects. See https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/coming-clean-your-anesthesiologist-needs-to-know-about-marijuana-use-before-surgery-2020011518642
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Are there serious implications of marijuana use before anesthesia?
Yes, abstaining from marijuana use before surgery is crucial.
Why refrain from marijuana before having oral surgery?
Reasons why marijuana use can cause problems when it comes to anesthesia:
- Need more anesthesia to fall and stay asleep
- Experience more pain and requiring opioid pain relievers post-surgery.
- More complications, including low blood pressure and an increased heart rate.
- Edible marijuana products used before anesthesia can lead to serious damage to your lungs just as eating food and drinking can.
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If you smoke marijuana, THC quickly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream where chemical travels to the brain and other organs. When eating or drinking marijuana, THC is absorbed more slowly.
Additionally, marijuana impacts brain development which can interfere with thinking, memory, learning functions and impact the brain building connections. Please see the links below for the full article:
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