They are the most widely used medication in dentistry and oral surgery. They are administered in tooth restoration by your dentist and can also be used for procedures such as extractions, biopsy or bone grafting. Lidocaine is the most commonly used injectable anesthetic.
Nitrous oxide, also referred to as “laughing gas” is a safe and an effective sedative that is administered through a mask mixed with oxygen. It is a widely used anxiolytic medication that makes patient feel comfortable and calm and helps them take the “edge” off for the procedure. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off within a few minutes. Talk to your surgeon about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.
IV sedation/ Deep sedation/General anesthesia
IV sedation is an alternative sedation that allows patients to be relaxed during procedures. Your doctor will combine the use of IV sedation along with a local anesthetic so you have little to no discomfort and will have no memory of the procedure. General Anesthesia put the patient in a state of monitored and controlled unconscious using IV medications. This type of anesthesia can be given right in our office.
We use state of the art office-based monitoring equipment to make sure the patient is safe and comfortable while under sedation. Our doctors and staff undergo extensive training and certification to safely administer anesthesia in our office.
The anesthetic plan is that most appropriate depends on the patient’s current medical condition, past medical history, the type of surgical procedure, and the patient’s level of stress and anxiety. At your consultation visit, the doctor will obtain a comprehensive medical history, perform a detailed exam and discuss the appropriate anesthesia option.