The type of anesthesia you choose may depend on a few factors, including your overall health, your individual treatment plan, and your level of anxiety prior to oral surgery. Oftentimes, a combination of two or more different sedation options may be used to control pre-surgery anxiety and ensure minimal discomfort during treatment.
Local Anesthesia is administered in the area of surgery. It numbs the area and ensures that the patient will feel no pain during the procedure. If you’ve had a tooth pulled by your general dentist, you’ve likely received local anesthesia.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation, also known as laughing gas, is often used to control any pre-surgery anxiety. Nitrous oxide is administered through the nose as an odorless gas and is a popular sedative choice among patients. Nitrous oxide sedation can be used in conjunction with local anesthesia to maximize patient comfort.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation or General Anesthesia is typically used during more extensive surgical procedures or when a patient does not want to be aware of the treatment being performed during surgery. Patients who tend to get more nervous do especially well with IV sedation or general anesthesia, as it allows them to sleep comfortably throughout the entire procedure. This is a popular option for young adults and teens undergoing wisdom teeth removal.
If you have any questions about the anesthesia options we offer or the qualifications of our oral surgeons, we encourage you to contact our office. If you are scheduled for a procedure that requires IV sedation or general anesthesia, make sure you have reviewed and understand all the pre-operative instructions. A member of our team is always available if you have any questions to prepare for your upcoming treatment.