Anesthetic medicine helps our patients feel at ease and comfortable during oral surgery procedures. In fact, anesthesia is used for a number or oral and maxillofacial surgeries including wisdom teeth removal and dental implant placement. Our oral surgeons, Dr. Sherry and Dr. Wallace, possess additional training and education to provide effective sedation and anesthesia to our patients.
Types of Anesthesia
There two types of anesthesia, local and general. You have probably received local anesthesia at least once in your lifetime. The most common form of local anesthesia in a dental or oral surgery practice is nitrous oxide. This is a short-acting gas delivered by a facial mask that produces feelings of euphoria and relaxation. Local anesthesia is typically used in short, minimally invasive procedures while general anesthesia is reserved for more complex services.
Oral and IV Sedation
Sedative medication, like anesthesia, promotes patient comfort by relieving anxiety. Working with the GABA receptors in the brain, sedatives reduce feelings of panic and worry while also promoting a calm and serene state of mind. Oral sedatives are typically taken before a short procedure and are very mild in nature. For procedures that require stillness such as the placement of dental implants, IV sedation is especially helpful. IV sedation is administered in a highly controlled environment where the dosage is carefully determined by our staff. Because administering medication intravenously is very precise, patients receive the amount of medication that is right for them. Both Dr. Sherry and Dr. Wallace hold certification to administer general anesthesia and IV sedation.
In addition to the training and experience of our oral surgeons, our team possesses in-depth training as well in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), PALS (pediatric life support), and ACLS (advanced cardiac life support). We take all measures necessary to provide the most comfortable and safe environment possible for our guests.
To schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons or to inquire about medication for an upcoming procedure, contact either of our convenient locations today.