Can I Go Under Anesthesia if I Smoke Marijuana?

April 12, 2024
Can I Go Under Anesthesia if I Smoke Marijuana?

As marijuana use becomes legalized across various states, including Illinois, patients considering oral surgery often ask about the implications of marijuana use when undergoing anesthesia. At Lehman & Menis Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Specialists in Crystal Lake, we prioritize patient safety and educating our community about important pre-surgical considerations. This blog explores the interaction between marijuana and anesthesia, aiming to provide clear guidance to those preparing for procedures such as wisdom teeth removal or dental implant placement.

The Effects of Marijuana on Anesthesia

Marijuana, whether used recreationally or medicinally, can affect the body in several ways that are pertinent to anesthesia. The active compounds in marijuana, particularly THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), can change how anesthetics work in the body. 

THC can increase heart rate and affect blood pressure, which may complicate the administration and effectiveness of anesthesia. Marijuana can affect respiratory function, which is a concern because anesthesia often involves airway management.

Effects of Marijuana on Anesthesia

Pre-Surgical Guidelines for Marijuana Users

If you are a marijuana user and planning to undergo oral surgery with anesthesia, it's important to have an open discussion with Dr. Lehman or Dr. Menis ahead of time. Transparency about your marijuana use allows the surgical team to make necessary adjustments to your anesthesia plan. 

It's advised to refrain from using marijuana at least 72 hours before your scheduled surgery to minimize any potential interactions or respiratory issues. Alongside abstaining from marijuana before surgery, it's important to follow all other pre-operative instructions given by your surgeon. This might include guidelines on fasting, medication adjustments, and what to bring on the day of your procedure. These preparations help to minimize risks and increase your comfort and safety throughout the surgical experience.

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Oral Surgery Aftercare and Recovery for Marijuana Users

Post-surgery recovery can also be influenced by marijuana use. Smoking marijuana can irritate the surgical site, especially in procedures like wisdom teeth removal, and may increase the risk of complications such as dry socket or infection. Vaporized or edible forms of marijuana might also affect the potency of pain medications prescribed post-surgery. Discussing all this with your surgeon will help create a recovery plan that promotes effective healing.

It’s important to understand how marijuana interacts with post-surgical medications. Some pain relief medicines may have interactions with cannabis, potentially altering their effectiveness or side effects. Your care team at Lehman & Menis will guide you on how to manage your pain safely if you choose to resume marijuana use after surgery.

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Contact Lehman & Menis Oral Surgery Specialists in Crystal Lake 

Ready to discuss your upcoming oral surgery with experts who care? Contact Lehman & Menis Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Specialists in Crystal Lake today. Our team is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable surgery experience, tailored to your individual needs and lifestyle. 

Schedule your consultation now to ensure you're fully prepared for your procedure. Whether you have questions about anesthesia, marijuana use, or recovery, we're here to guide you every step of the way.

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