At Bellaire Facial, Oral & Dental Implant Surgery, your safety and comfort are our top priority. We offer a variety of anesthesia options to our patients, and our oral surgeon has undergone extensive training to be able to safely administer all forms of sedation. Your options include local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Dr. Iero will discuss all the details of your sedation options with you at your consultation appointment, but you can read general information about each one below.
Types of Anesthesia
If you’ve ever had a minor procedure at the dentist, such as a filling, then you’ve probably had an experience with local anesthesia. Your doctor will apply the local anesthesia directly to the surgical site, and it will act as a numbing agent, preventing the patient from feeling any pain or discomfort while remaining conscious during the procedure. In many cases, local anesthesia is used in conjunction with other sedation methods, such as nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, allows patients to enter a relaxed state by inhaling the anesthesic through a breathing apparatus. They remain conscious, but they are much less aware of their surroundings. Nitrous oxide is generally used in combination with other forms of sedation, such as local or IV anesthesia. It wears off quickly and doesn’t leave any lingering effects.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation is common for slightly more involved procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal. Patients receive the sedation through an intravenous line in the arm. The anesthesia allows patients to enter twilight sedation, meaning they can sleep comfortably throughout the procedure without experiencing discomfort. Many patients report not even remembering their procedure when they wake up.
General anesthesia is generally only uses for complex procedures, such as orthognathic surgery or facial trauma treatment. However, it is also available to patients who suffer from severe anxiety about surgical procedures. With general anesthesia, patients remain completely asleep for the entire duration of the surgery. Most of the time, general anesthesia is administered in a hospital setting.
Anesthesia at Bellaire Facial, Oral & Dental Implant Surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the highest qualified dental professionals to perform anesthesia. They are required to complete a minimum four-year residency, during which they train alongside licensed anesthesiologists to learn about safe administration. If you have any more questions about our anesthesia options, we encourage you to contact our office.