Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have extensive training in anesthesia during their six additional years of hospital-based surgical residency training. The expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology, in Fairfield, California, have completed this training and offer customized anesthesia to ensure your comfort during any procedure. If you’re looking for an oral surgeon, call Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology or schedule a consultation online today.
What types of anesthesia are available?
Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology offer modern anesthesia services to ensure you have little to no discomfort during your procedure. Depending on the specific operation, your surgeon may provide one or more of the following anesthesia options.
Local anesthesia is an injection that numbs the tissue in the surgical area. Your surgeon may use this before a tooth extraction or in combination with another type of sedation for more advanced surgery.
Nitrous oxide, which is also referred to as laughing gas, helps you to relax but you won’t lose consciousness. You wear a small mask over your nose and inhale the nitrous oxide-oxygen mixture throughout your procedure. The effects wear off soon after your mask is removed.
Intravenous sedation allows you to enter a dreamlike state, in which you’re not quite conscious or unconscious but floating comfortably in between. Your surgeon can customize the strength of intravenous sedation to meet your needs.
General anesthesia usually combines intravenous and gaseous sedatives to put you to sleep for the duration of a surgical procedure. In addition to making you unconscious, general anesthesia also prevents your brain from responding to pain signals or reflexes.
Your surgeon discusses your sedation options during your pre-op consultation and provides a recommendation. They explain the benefits and risks of each type and answer your questions.
What are the benefits of anesthesia?
Anesthesia allows you to relax and have oral procedures without pain or anxiety. Around 75% of Americans are afraid of dental and oral procedures to some degree. Anesthesia can help you get the treatment you need to protect and improve your oral and overall health and wellness.
Is anesthesia safe?
While there is always a small risk associated with anesthesia, if you need anesthesia for a procedure, you’re in excellent hands with the oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology. They comply with California state rules and regulations on anesthesia administration. As a member of AAOMS, the surgeons periodically undergo an onsite anesthesia inspection or reevaluation as part of the AAOMS office anesthesia evaluation program. AAOMS requirements are strict and often exceed those mandated by the state law.
What should I expect when I have anesthesia?
When you have anesthesia, you will drift off to a comfortable, relaxed state or slip into unconsciousness and will stay that way throughout your surgery.
When your procedure is complete, the effects of the anesthesia wear off. You may feel groggy or confused for a while and should have a friend or family member drive you home when your surgeon releases you.
If you have an oral surgery planned and have questions about anesthesia, call Fairfield Oral Surgery and Implantology or schedule a consultation online to learn more about your options.