Oral Surgery and Your Anesthesia Options

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One of the many traits that distinguish oral and maxillofacial surgeons from other dental professionals is their advanced training in the administration of anesthesia. Every oral and maxillofacial surgeon is abundantly prepared and qualified to administer all forms of sedation and anesthesia during oral surgery, in addition to monitoring patients while they are under anesthesia and responding to complications and emergencies. By eliminating the need for an outside anesthesiologist, the oral and maxillofacial surgeons of Suburban Oral Surgery & Implant Center are able to keep the costs of their services reasonable and ensure the quality of every aspect of their work.

Our doctors discuss oral surgery and anesthesia options in detail during consultations at our Bolingbrook practice. If you are in need of superior oral surgery or implant dentistry, and you want to entrust your care to skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons with extensive experience in administering anesthesia, we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you.

WHAT TYPES OF ANESTHESIA ARE USED DURING ORAL SURGERY?

At Suburban Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we offer all types of anesthesia to ensure the most comfortable and pain free experience possible for our patients. During consultations with patients, we explain the available anesthesia options, along with our recommendations as to which ones are best suited to their particular procedure. Anesthesia options include:

  • Local anesthesia: Local anesthesia is used to numb the area being treated. This allows patients to remain awake and alert throughout the procedure, but to feel no pain whatsoever. Local anesthesia may also be used in conjunction with other forms of anesthesia to ensure that the treatment area is numb when the patient awakes from surgery.
  • Nitrous oxide: Popularly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide puts patients in a deeply relaxed state without putting them to sleep. It helps to relieve anxiety while allowing them to remain awake and relatively alert. Local anesthesia is used to ensure that no pain is felt during treatment.
  • Oral conscious sedation: A sedative is administered in the form of a pill. Again, this induces a state of relaxation without putting the patient to sleep.
  • IV sedation: Intravenous, or IV, sedation may be used to put patients into a state of deep relaxation. Although patients remain able to respond to prompts, they are often unable to remember the procedure after the anesthesia wears off.
  • General anesthesia: This form of IV sedation is used to induce complete unconsciousness. The highest levels of monitoring are employed while patients are under general anesthesia to ensure their safety. General anesthesia is often used for highly complex forms of oral surgery or for special needs patients, such as those with extremely low pain thresholds and physical or mental disorders.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ORAL SURGERY AND ANESTHESIA

If you would like to learn more about oral surgery and the anesthesia options available at our practice, or you wish to make an appointment with one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons, please contact Suburban Oral Surgery & Implant Center today.

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