Before an oral surgery, or any dental procedure, many patients express feeling anxiety — this is completely normal, and the surgical staff at our office wants to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible for the duration of your procedure. We offer many anesthesia options and forms of sedation for when you undergo any oral surgical procedure. The methods used often depend on the preference of the patient and the nature of the surgical procedure.
A local anesthetic is administered in the area that the surgery is performed and can be used in conjunction with other anesthetic options, such as nitrous oxide.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation is also known as laughing gas and is commonly utilized when patients experience mild to severe anxiety prior to the procedure. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is administered through a nasal breathing apparatus.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation is administered through an intravenous line and allows the patient to remain semi-conscious and very comfortable throughout the procedure. The patient may or may not remember parts of the procedure. This option is commonly used in semi-invasive surgical procedures, such as bone grafting, and can also be utilized when patients experience a high level of anxiety.
If you undergo an extensive procedure, such as facial trauma surgery or jaw reconstruction, you may undergo general anesthesia, which can be administered in our oral surgery office for your treatment.
Are oral surgeons qualified to administer anesthesia?
Yes! Oral surgeons must complete extensive training and gain valuable experience performing anesthesia before they administer anesthesia or sedation for any oral surgery procedures. This training and hands-on experience includes in-office anesthesia in specialty facilities as well as the administration of operating room anesthesia in hospitals. They have received the highest level of licensure for dental practitioners to offer anesthesia, which allows them to perform deep sleep or general anesthesia, unlike the majority of general dentists.
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