The surgical team at Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center wants to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible during your treatment. We offer various forms of anesthesia so that you can choose the best sedation or anesthetic option for your procedure.
During your surgical consultation, we will carefully review your health history to help you make the best decision on which anesthesia option is safest for you. The anesthetic suggested may vary based on the nature of the surgical procedure and your personal preference.
What kind of anesthesia do you provide?
Local Anesthesia is administered to the specific area where the surgery is being performed to numb the site completely. It can be used in conjunction with other anesthetic options, such as nitrous oxide.
Nitrous Oxide sedation is also known as laughing gas. It is commonly administered when patients would like assistance in relaxing prior to the surgical procedure. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is administered to help keep you comfortable.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is administered through an intravenous line directly into your vein. It allows you to fall into a sleep-like state throughout the duration of the procedure. Depending on the level of sedation used, IV sedation is sometimes called a general anesthetic. IV anesthesia is commonly used to facilitate surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, and many other surgical procedures, helping to control any pre-surgical anxiety and allow painless performance of the procedure during your sleep-like state.
Hospital or Surgery Center-Based General Anesthesia. If you have to undergo an extensive procedure, such as jaw reconstruction or facial trauma treatment, you may need general anesthesia through a breathing tube in a hospital or surgery center, which will be administered by an anesthesiologist.
Can my oral surgeon administer anesthesia?
Yes. Oral surgeons must complete extensive training to be qualified to administer anesthesia. They must also gain valuable experience working alongside their anesthesiologist colleagues and performing anesthesia as part of their residency training. The combination of training, hands-on experience, and continuing licensing examinations provides oral surgeons the greatest amount of experience of any dental specialty providing anesthesia.