Your oral surgeon will suggest one of three primary anesthesia options based on the nature of your procedure and your comfort needs:
- Local Anesthesia
- Nitrous Oxide
- IV Sedation/General Anesthesia
This type of anesthesia is applied through an injection directly at the treatment site. To minimize any initial discomfort, a numbing gel is applied beforehand. During the procedure, you’ll remain conscious. You may sense some pressure or movement, but you shouldn’t feel pain.
Commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is the mildest form of sedation. You’ll inhale the gas through a mask placed over your nose. The effects are short-lived and dissipate quickly once the gas is turned off, allowing you to leave the clinic unassisted without any lingering effects. Generally, patients find that nitrous oxide helps to “smooth out” their nerves.
IV Sedation/General Anesthesia
This form of anesthesia is delivered through an intravenous (IV) line in your arm. It induces a state of deep relaxation and unawareness during your surgery. Your vital signs, including breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure, will be closely monitored by the surgical team. The effects of the medication last about 24 hours, so driving post-procedure is not allowed. You’ll need a responsible adult to accompany you and take you home after the surgery.
Guidelines for Patients Undergoing Sedation:
- Refrain from eating or drinking anything, including water, after midnight.
- If you’re under 18, a parent or legal guardian must be present on the day of surgery. If you’re 18 or older, an adult must accompany you and remain in the clinic during the procedure to take you home afterward. Please avoid bringing young children.
- Opt for loose, comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow. Closed-toe, comfortable shoes like sneakers are advised.
- Avoid wearing lipstick, makeup, strong fragrances, or nail polish on the day of your surgery.
- Don’t forget to take any prescribed pre-medications.
- Leave valuables, including cell phones, at home as they are not allowed in the surgical area.
General Guidelines for All Patients:
- Continue with your regular medications unless advised otherwise by your surgeon.
- If you use dentures or partials, bring them with you.
- If you rely on an inhaler or glucose monitor, have it with you on the day of the surgery.
- Dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, preferably with short sleeves.
- Maintain good oral and personal hygiene; brush your teeth and take a shower.
- For any questions, feel free to contact our office; we’re here to assist you.