What are my anesthesia options for oral surgery?
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Having a tooth removed is probably the last thing most people want to have done. Even stepping foot into a dentist or oral surgery office can be a huge accomplishment for some people. However, there are options patients have that will make them as comfortable as possible.
After a brief consultation with a surgeon, patients can decide to use “local anesthesia” or “general anesthesia” when having their procedure done. Below are the descriptions for those two options:
Local anesthesia is the most common anesthesia option for our patients. An anesthetic is gently injected at or near the area of the procedure. This will numb the area keeping you completely relaxed while the procedure is completed. Patients use this option for extractions, wisdom teeth removal and dental implants.
General anesthesia is typically used for more extensive procedures. Patients often think of this option as “going to sleep,” but they are never completely asleep. The IV sedation is used to relax and make them feel sleepy, but they are still coherent. All patients considering general anesthesia will have a consultation beforehand with one of our board certified surgeons to discuss the details.