The Center for Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Implants is fully accredited to provide a range of anesthesia services for your treatment. Our oral surgeons are board certified and receive several years of advanced training to allow for the administration of intravenous anesthesia. You can choose to be sedated during the procedure, with either nitrous oxide or intravenous anesthesia used along with a local anesthetic. Our offices feature state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and experienced staff to ensure your optimum comfort and safety.
With intravenous anesthesia an IV is used to deliver the medication that will help reduce anxiety, eliminate the feeling of pain, and prevent you from having any memory of the procedure. Your surgeon will place an IV in your arm and the medication works very quickly to produce a deep level of sedation. With this level of sedation, you will awaken from your procedure feeling tired and groggy, and will need an escort to take you home.
Advanced anesthesia training
All of our oral surgeons are board certified and receive several years of advanced training to allow for the administration of IV and general anesthesia, creating a comfortable and safe environment. When a patient is sedated during their procedure, we utilize state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and experienced staff to ensure your optimum comfort and safety.
In addition, our oral and maxillofacial surgery assistants are DAANCE-certified, which means they have received advanced training in safe standards for supportive dental anesthesia care. Their experience and training are an important part of our patient care protocol.
This medication is also known as laughing gas, and is well-known as a sedative for dentistry and oral surgery. Nitrous oxide is a pleasant-smelling gas which you inhale. Usually within five minutes or so the gas will take effect and can help to significantly reduce your anxiety. It will not put you to “sleep” like general anesthesia, but can help to reduce your stress and anxiety, when used in combination with local anesthesia, these two medications can help keep you calm and comfortable. Once the nitrous oxide is stopped at the end of your procedure, you will quickly recover back to normal, usually within ten minutes or so.
Almost every surgical procedure involves the use of local anesthesia, which is given by injection in the area where the procedure will be performed. It usually takes effect within five minutes, and will block your ability to feel pain in that region. Local anesthesia can be used alone for minor procedures; however, most patients prefer to use it in combination with some other additional form of anesthesia for oral surgery. It is often used in combination with nitrous oxide or IV anesthesia.