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How to Deal with a Loose Dental Implant

Do you have a loose dental implant?

Most people never have a problem with their implants. In fact, when these permanent replacement teeth are placed by an experienced oral surgeon, the success rate is almost 98 percent.

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But just like your natural teeth, implants can become loose under certain conditions. If that happens, it’s important that you contact us as soon as possible so we can prevent a small problem from becoming a bigger challenge.

Tightening a Loose Dental Implant Abutment

Implants are supported by (and attached to) an abutment, a titanium cylinder that connects the replacement tooth root to the crown.

If your dental implant feels a little wobbly, the problem could be a loose abutment connection. This can happen as a result of excessive stress on the teeth from some type of trauma, such as a fall, car accident or hard blow to the face. More commonly, however, implants loosen due to bruxism, or tooth grinding.

A loose abutment can usually be fixed without compromising the integrity of the implant. In some cases, the oral surgeon can remove the crown and tighten the connection. When that isn’t possible, the abutment can be accessed and stabilized through a tiny hole drilled through the crown.

Treatment for a Loose Dental Implant Post

For implant surgery to be successful, the replacement tooth root needs to bond with the bone tissue in the jaw — a process called osseointegration.

Osseointegration can fail if complications arise during the healing process.

Bacterial infections can set in the gum tissues around the implant, preventing osseointegration from taking place. Or the titanium tooth root may not bond with the jawbone due to other factors, such as smoking or inadequate oral health care habits. Chronic medical conditions, including diabetes and Crohn’s disease, may also play a part in this phenomenon.

Regardless of the cause, when osseointegration fails, the loose implant must be removed and replaced. Before a second implant surgery can be scheduled, however, a bone graft is typically necessary to fully support a new replacement tooth root.

A Prompt Oral Surgeon Exam is Essential for a Wobbly Implant

Your implants should fit and feel just like your natural teeth. If yours don’t, schedule an appointment with one of our oral surgeons immediately.

Looseness in a dental implant won’t correct itself, so waiting to see if the problem goes away isn’t an option. In fact, if the issue isn’t fixed, you could end up with other potentially more serious oral health care problems.

Leaving a loose implant untreated can lead to damage in the nearby teeth and cause gum irritation. In addition, over time, the instability can lead to damage in the jawbone.

The professional oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah specialize in implant surgery. Our treatment team works hard to make sure our patients enjoy a positive outcome.

You don’t have to live with missing teeth or a loose dental implant. Contact one of our three convenient Salt Lake City area offices to schedule a consultation today.

Does Wisdom Tooth Extraction Have Risks?

Wisdom tooth extraction is a safe, routine procedure. Most patients heal in just a few days, although you may have a slightly longer recovery period if your wisdom teeth were impacted.

However, as with any surgery, complications can occur afterward. In many cases, however, you can take steps to minimize your risk of complications.

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Possible Complications after Wisdom Tooth Removal

Dry socket, or alveolar osteitis, is a condition that affects some tooth extraction patients.

When the wisdom teeth are removed, blood clots form in the sockets. Sometimes, a blood clot can dissolve or become dislodged before the extraction site has fully healed. The underlying nerves and bone are then left exposed, leading to pain that radiates from the socket.

Infection in the socket is also possible after wisdom teeth surgery.

Tooth extractions make it easier for food particles and bacteria to enter the gums. When that happens, infection can set in, resulting in pain, swelling, fever and difficulty opening the mouth.

Very rarely, extracting the wisdom teeth can cause complications with the nearby teeth or jawbone. Nerve damage or problems with the sinus cavities are also possible, though rare, following the oral surgery procedure.

Tips for a Smooth Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Reducing your risk of post-extraction complications is as easy as following a few simple directions.

Keeping your mouth clean after wisdom tooth surgery is a must. Brush and floss your other teeth as you normally do, taking care to avoid the empty sockets. Unless your aftercare instructions tell you otherwise, clean the extraction site with a gentle saltwater rinse — no swishing, however.

Avoid smoking while you’re healing from wisdom tooth removal. Try to go at least 24 hours without a cigarette, as the act of inhaling can easily dislodge a blood clot and lead to dry socket and an increased risk for infection.

Drinking through a straw can have the same effect. What you eat also matters. Stick to a soft-food diet for a few days to prevent damage to the extraction site.

Finally, for a smoother recovery, avoid physically strenuous activities. Taking it easy for a few days can help prevent post-surgical complications.

What to Do About Wisdom Tooth Extraction Complications

If you experience complications after your wisdom tooth surgery, contact our office immediately.

Depending upon your symptoms, you may need to come into the office for further treatment. If we don’t feel that’s necessary, we may recommend that you try ice packs, warm compresses or over-the-counter medication for relief from pain and swelling.

The professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, serving the greater Salt Lake City area, has extensive experience with wisdom tooth surgery. We take every precaution to help minimize the risk of complications. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office to schedule a consultation today to discuss wisdom tooth extraction.

Oral Surgeon vs. Doctor of Dental Surgery — What’s the Difference?

Should you see an oral surgeon, or do you need to see a doctor of dental surgery (DDS)? Many patients aren’t aware of the differences between these designations.

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The answer depends on your oral health care needs. Understanding the capabilities of these two types of dental professionals will help you make an informed choice for your family’s needs.

What Is a Doctor of Dental Surgery?

A doctor of dental surgery is the degree awarded upon graduation from dental school. In other words, a DDS is a general dentist.

To further confuse matters, you may have noticed that some general dentists have the letters DMD, rather than DDS, after their names. DMD stands for doctor of medicine in dentistry or doctor of dental medicine, depending upon the university proffering the degree.

Dentists with DDS degrees have the same basic education as DMDs — typically, four years of full-time study in anatomy, physiology, oral pathology and preventive dentistry. During their studies, dentists also get hands-on training in diagnosing and treating dental problems through practical clinical experience.

How Does an Oral Surgeon Differ from a Dentist?

An oral surgeon, also referred to as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is essentially a dentist who has extensive specialized training in complex dental issues.

Earning a degree in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) requires completion of a four-to-six-year, hospital-based surgical residency program. Studies are focused on procedures and techniques involving irregularities in the facial and jaw structures.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons also undergo training in the administration of anesthesia, including intravenous (IV) sedation, nitrous oxide and general anesthesia.

Should You See a Dentist or Oral Surgeon?

Like a family doctor who can handle a variety of health care issues, a general dentist can diagnose and treat most basic dental problems.

In fact, many patients see a dentist as a first point of contact for dental health care issues. And for routine exams and cleanings or simple procedures, such as a filling or crown, a general dentist may meet your needs.

However, serious dental issues may exceed the scope of a dentist’s expertise. For specialized care, look to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

An oral surgeon is qualified to treat a range of problems, including wisdom tooth complications, impacted teeth, facial injuries, congenital defects, jaw misalignment and bone loss in the jaw. These dental professionals also treat a variety of chronic diseases and conditions, including head and neck cancer, sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Patients who need tooth extractions or dental implants also need the care and attention of an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Determining which dental professional you should visit isn’t always easy. The professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah can help. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to find out if an oral surgeon best meets your needs.

Can You Have Implant Surgery Years After Tooth Loss?

It is never too late to have dental implant surgery.

Though many patients opt to get dental implants right after tooth loss or extraction, immediate placement isn’t a must.

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If you’ve been missing teeth for several years, implant surgery can still work well to restore your natural smile. However, because bone loss may be a factor, you may require bone grafting to stabilize your new replacement teeth.

How Long-Term Tooth Loss Affects Jawbone Health

The health and density of your jawbone are dependent on stimulation from opposing bite forces. When you lose a tooth, that stimulation goes too. Consequently, the part of the bone that formerly supported the tooth begins to resorb, or break down into the bloodstream.

As time goes on, bone loss in the jaw can become significant. The problem is worse when multiple teeth are missing.

Fortunately, even significant bone loss does not mean you have to rule out implant surgery. As long as you are healthy enough for a routine dental procedure, you can get dental implants.

How Oral Surgeons Create a Strong Foundation for Implant Surgery

Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, much like the natural tooth roots. So bone health is important — the jaw must have adequate structural stability to anchor the replacement teeth in place.

Fortunately, bone loss can be addressed easily through grafting.

Bone grafting is an oral surgery procedure in which additional bone tissue is transplanted into the jaw to provide a strong foundation for dental implants.

That may sound scary, but grafting is a routine, in-office procedure. Oral surgeons commonly use natural human bone from a tissue bank, cow bone tissue or synthetic materials for bone grafts. So while you can opt to have surgery to harvest tissue from your own body, that isn’t typically a requirement for implant surgery patients.

How Implant Surgery Can Improve Your Oral Health

When you have teeth missing, your remaining teeth are forced to take on more of the work in biting and chewing. As a result, everyday use takes more of a toll, creating excessive wear, and often leading to additional damage and tooth loss.

Tooth loss also creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Gaps in the gums can be challenging to clean thoroughly, so you face an increased risk of developing gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Dental implants can improve your oral health by helping prevent excessive wear and tear on your natural teeth. And when the gaps in your smile are filled, proper oral hygiene becomes easier, making tooth decay and gum disease less likely.

Since dental implants fuse into the jawbone, they help prevent further bone loss. Stopping bone loss can help prevent other teeth from becoming damaged or loosening and falling out.

Tooth replacement should be considered as soon as possible after tooth loss, but later is better than never. The professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah has extensive experience with dental implants and bone grafting, and our oral surgeons can help you decide on the best way to restore your smile. Contact one of our three convenient Salt Lake City area offices today to schedule an implant surgery consultation.

6 Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

Getting dental implants is a safe and effective way to replace missing teeth. And many patients prefer implant surgery to other treatment options.

Whether you lost a tooth from an accident, a failed root canal, gum disease or dental decay, these six reasons illustrate why implants may be the best choice for you.

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No. 1: Restore Your Natural Smile

Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants are visually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. You’ll be able to smile with confidence, secure in knowing that your new replacement teeth don’t look fake.

Plus, since implants are stabilized in the jaw, they won’t slip or shift when you’re talking — you’ll be able to enjoy normal conversation without worry.

No. 2: Eat Your Favorite Foods

People with bridges or dentures often must forgo eating certain foods, like raw vegetables and hard or sticky foods. Dental appliances that cover the roof of the mouth can also affect taste.

Not so with dental implants. You’ll be able to bite naturally, eating anything you like. And you’ll experience the full flavor of your favorite foods.

No. 3: Prevent Bone Loss

With missing teeth, bone loss is inevitable. The jawbone requires constant stimulation from the tooth roots to stay strong and healthy. When a tooth is lost, so is that stimulation. And, as a result, the bone begins to erode.

Dental implants put a stop to bone loss, as they are embedded into the jawbone to act as replacement tooth roots. No other tooth restoration or replacement method offers this benefit.

No. 4: Improve Your Oral Health

Did you know that bridges and partial dentures can damage your healthy teeth? Both rely on nearby teeth for support, which stresses them and leaves them more susceptible to decay.

Dental implants won’t compromise your natural teeth. So compared to other tooth replacement methods, implants offer improved long-term oral health.

No. 5: Make Daily Oral Care Convenient

Caring for bridges and dentures can be a major headache, since they require extra attention beyond routine brushing and flossing.

Implants, on the other hand, couldn’t be easier to care for — you can treat them just like your natural teeth. No special oral care is needed for these replacement teeth, and they’ll never decay.

No. 6: Enjoy a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles

With proper care, bridges and dentures can last several years. But, eventually, they must be adjusted or replaced.

Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. As long as you keep up your oral hygiene and get regular professional checkups, implants can last a lifetime.

If you are ready to learn more, contact the experienced oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. Our doctors specialize in implant surgery, and our professional treatment team can help you explore all your tooth replacement options. Schedule a consultation at one of our three convenient Salt Lake City area offices today to learn more about dental implants.

4 Problems Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Cause

Impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause pain and swollen gums. In fact, some patients never experience any symptoms.

But even for asymptomatic patients, oral surgeons typically advise removing impacted teeth because of the potential problems they can cause. Until impacted wisdom teeth are removed, patients face four specific — and highly unpleasant — oral health risks.

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Risk No. 1: Damage to Other Teeth

When the wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are impacted, they don’t have enough space to break through the gums properly.

When they begin to emerge, they come in at an angle, pushing against nearby teeth. This can damage the second molars and leave them more susceptible to infection.

In addition, pressure from impacted wisdom teeth can cause crowding of the other teeth. Crowding can lead to tooth misalignment, which could lead to the need for oral surgery or extensive orthodontic treatment.

Risk No. 2: Extensive Tooth Decay

All teeth are susceptible to cavities, but impacted third molars face a far greater risk of developing extensive decay.

The back of the mouth is difficult to clean properly, and impacted teeth make the problem worse. Food and bacteria get trapped in the gum tissue surrounding a partially erupted wisdom tooth, and the hard-to-reach area can be next to impossible to brush and floss thoroughly.

Tooth decay is the result, which can be hard to spot without a full oral health exam. Even worse, this decay can quickly and easily spread to other teeth if left untreated.

Risk No. 3: Pericoronitis

Aside from tooth decay, the difficulty of cleaning impacted, partially emerged wisdom teeth can lead to another problem — a painful inflammatory gum condition called pericoronitis.

Openings in the gums around impacted teeth are vulnerable entry points for infection-causing bacteria. Pericoronitis develops when these bacteria become stuck under a flap of gum tissue. Without proper treatment, infection can spread beyond the wisdom tooth area to the jaw, cheeks and neck.

Risk No. 4: Oral Cysts

Impacted wisdom teeth can also be afflicted with oral cysts.

Each wisdom tooth develops in its own sac of tissue in the jawbone. When the tooth becomes impacted, the sac can fill with fluid and form a cyst.

An oral cyst can become infected, causing pain and swelling, a condition known as an abscess. But even small, benign wisdom tooth cysts often require surgical treatment.

Oral cysts can grow over time, eventually causing structural damage to the jawbone, nearby teeth and nerves. In rare cases, a tumor may develop. While usually noncancerous, this type of tumor typically requires oral surgery to remove tissue and bone.

Don’t wait for wisdom tooth problems to develop. Oral surgeons recommend that all young adults schedule a proactive evaluation to determine the potential for risks. Schedule yours with the experienced professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, a regional leader in the treatment of symptomatic and impacted wisdom teeth.

To schedule your comprehensive evaluation of your wisdom teeth, contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today.

Can Sleep Apnea Be Cured?

If you’re diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you may have questions. Patients are often most curious about the treatment and prognosis of OSA. Specifically, they want to know if they must undergo treatment for the rest of their lives, or if we have a way to cure their sleep apnea.

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The answer to this question depends on the details of your case, but oral surgeons have several tools to help patients who suffer from OSA, and to provide them the best chance for reducing or eliminating symptoms.

Conventional Sleep Apnea Treatments

One of the most commonly conventional treatment options for moderate to severe OSA involves a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. This device delivers a stream of pressurized air to help keep your airway open for better breathing. The machine connects to a flexible mask that covers your nose or nose and mouth.

Dental appliances, including mandibular advancement devices (MADs) and tongue-retaining devices, are also commonly used to treat OSA. Similar to sports mouthguards, they help keep your airway open from inside your mouth.

Conventional treatments like these can treat OSA, but they aren’t cures. If you stop using the devices, the symptoms will return.

Losing Weight May Be a Cure for Sleep Apnea

Excess weight plays a critical role in OSA, Overweight or obese patients face a much greater risk of developing this sleep disorder. Losing weight can relieve throat constriction, which can restore continuous breathing. And when continuous breathing is restored, OSA symptoms resolve.

For many patients, OSA can go into remission after significant weight loss. However, this solution doesn’t work for every patient. Since losing weight is a gradual process, only time will tell if it will work as a cure for the sleep disorder. And if you regain the weight in the future, your OSA symptoms will likely return.

Oral Surgery Can Banish Sleep Apnea

There’s only one way to address the underlying cause of OSA, and that’s with oral surgery. Oral surgery procedures can enlarge the airway, permanently correcting the root of the problem.

Oral surgeons use several surgical approaches to treat OSA. Some patients benefit from removing excess tissue from the throat area, including the adenoids and tonsils. Others need oral surgery to reposition the jaw or to implant rods into the soft palate. Nasal surgery to repair a deviated septum is another option for treating OSA.

However, no single type of treatment is right for every patient, and oral surgery is not always an appropriate or effective treatment option. Patients with severe sleep disorders and those who have other serious medical conditions may not find an OSA cure through oral surgery.

To determine how your OSA should be treated, you’ll need to consult with an oral surgeon for a full evaluation.

The oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, serving the greater Salt Lake City area, can help you explore your options. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to schedule your sleep apnea consultation.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Cause So Much Pain?

Wisdom teeth — the third molars — are notorious for triggering toothaches, sore gums and jaw pain. In some patients, these problematic teeth bring about headaches, earaches and sore throats.

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Pain from a wisdom tooth can be debilitating — enough to send most people running to their oral surgeon. Treatment can relieve the misery, but what makes it hurt so badly?

Why Wisdom Teeth Eruption Is Painful

When your third molars begin to erupt, it’s essentially like you’re teething — just as you did when your baby teeth came in. As the third molars crown, they have to push their way through nerve-filled gum tissue. This slow-motion event creates significant discomfort.

For many patients, however, eruption through the gums isn’t the main source of pain. Wisdom teeth frequently grow in at the wrong angle and become impacted, or stuck in the gums. When this happens, pain can radiate into nearby teeth.

In addition to gum pain, an impacted tooth can also create referred pain in the jaw, ear and head.

Typically, overcrowding causes a wisdom tooth to become impacted. The jaw doesn’t have enough space to properly accommodate the tooth, so it cannot emerge properly.

Infection Can Also Cause Pain in Wisdom Teeth

Painful, swollen gums can also be a symptom of a wisdom tooth infection, a condition called pericoronitis.

A partially erupted wisdom tooth is a hotbed of bacteria. Food particles and plaque can easily become trapped in the flaps of the gum tissue, and the area is nearly impossible to properly clean. As a result, the gums can become inflamed and infected.

In severe cases, a wisdom tooth infection can cause muscle spasms and pain in the jaw. Swelling of the face and neck can make it difficult to open your mouth. Pericoronitis can occur in any tooth, but infection is significantly more likely in the third molars of the lower jaw.

Treating Painful Wisdom Teeth

Treating a wisdom tooth infection typically involves a thorough professional cleaning and a course of oral antibiotics.

For short-term pain relief, over-the-counter analgesics or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be effective. Ice packs and mouth rinses are also helpful.

With most cases of infected or impacted teeth, however, removal is recommended — even if the pain goes away. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), third molars that show signs of disease or problems should be extracted to prevent damage to neighboring teeth and further oral health issues.

Dr. Maxfield and Dr. Partridge at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah specialize in wisdom tooth management and have the experience and qualifications to safely perform routine and complex oral surgery procedures. If you would like to avoid the pain and hassle of wisdom teeth problems, contact one of our three Salt Lake City area offices today to schedule a consultation.

Do Tooth Extractions Cause Swelling?

If you have a tooth extraction scheduled, you may be wondering how you’ll heal after the procedure.

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Patients often ask us if they will have “chipmunk cheeks” after a tooth extraction. The truth is, any oral surgery has the potential to trigger swelling. The amount varies from person to person, but your face may swell after your tooth removal, at least for a little while.

Why Do Tooth Extractions Cause Cheek Swelling?

Swelling after oral surgery is perfectly normal. In fact, it’s part of the body’s natural healing process.

When body tissues are damaged, fluid and blood cells flood the area, causing it to swell. And because tooth extraction causes trauma to the gums and nearby tissues, this inflammation can be expected.

How Much Swelling Can You Expect after Tooth Extraction?

Most swelling will appear in the skin tissues close to your extraction site. So if you’re having a tooth removed from the left side of your mouth, you probably won’t have much inflammation on the right side.

If yours is a routine extraction of an intact tooth growing in a normal position, you may have very little swelling. An experienced oral surgeon can sometimes remove the tooth without causing too much damage to the nearby gum and facial tissues.

More complex oral surgery procedures can cause more severe inflammation that extends further from the extraction site. Removal of teeth that are decayed, broken or impacted often requires additional oral surgery procedures, such as tissue flapping and bone trimming, which can lead to extensive swelling.

So if your tooth removal is on the complex side, you should expect the chipmunk cheeks.

How Long Does Tooth Extraction Swelling Last?

Post-operative inflammation usually peaks about 48 to 72 hours after oral surgery, and resolves on its own within a day or two.

Meanwhile, you can help minimize the amount of swelling.

Immediately after your tooth extraction, begin an ice therapy regimen. Wrap a dry cloth around a bag of crushed ice, and apply it to the outside of your face for 20 minutes. Remove the ice for the next 20 minutes, then repeat. You can use ice therapy for the first two days following oral surgery.

On the third or fourth day, once your swelling has peaked, switch to heat application. Replace the ice with a hot water bottle or warm compress and follow the same procedure — 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, rinse and repeat.

If your swelling doesn’t start to go down by day four, or if it worsens, contact our office to schedule a follow-up consultation. Either of these could be a sign of an infection, which needs immediate treatment.

The professional treatment team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah has the training, qualifications and experience to successfully perform a full range of oral surgery procedures. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to schedule your tooth extraction consultation.

Pros and Cons of Laughing Gas for Oral Surgery

For oral surgery procedures, a wide range of anesthesia options is available. In many cases, patients can choose their preferred method of sedation.

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Many oral surgery patients prefer laughing gas, or nitrous oxide. Is it right for your procedure? Understanding the pros and cons of nitrous oxide may help you decide.

Benefits of Laughing Gas for Oral Surgery

With nitrous oxide, sedation is fast and easy to administer. The gas mixture is simply inhaled through a breathing mask. It isn’t unpleasant, because laughing gas has no taste or odor.

Nitrous oxide relieves feelings of fear and anxiety, replacing them with a sense of overall well-being. The perception of time and pain is altered, allowing patients who are fearful of their oral or maxillofacial surgery to relax and be comfortable throughout their procedure.

The effects of this anesthesia are mild, and the gas quickly wears off once the mask is removed. For those reasons, nitrous oxide is generally considered a safe choice for most oral surgery patients.

Drawbacks of Using Laughing Gas

This method of sedation has only a few potential drawbacks. One is the mask used to administer the gas. Some patients are uncomfortable breathing through it, so nitrous oxide is not a viable option.

For shy or reserved patients, the effects of this sedation can sometimes be a bit embarrassing. As the name suggests, laughing gas can cause the giggles. And if a deep level of sedation is reached, patients can enter a hallucinatory dream state.

In rare cases, patients can feel slight nausea or dizziness from the gas mixture. However, this dissipates as soon as the oral surgeon modifies the dosage.

Other Sedation Options for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Though nitrous oxide can be beneficial for many patients, it isn’t the right choice for every oral and maxillofacial surgery procedure.

Oral sedation, taken in pill form, is a good option for patients who need mild anesthesia but who aren’t comfortable using laughing gas. Patients who would rather be completely unaware during oral surgery can choose intravenous (IV) sedation. This anesthesia, administered directly into the bloodstream, induces grogginess and the perception of sleep.

More complex oral surgery procedures may require general anesthesia, the highest level of sedation. Under general anesthesia, patients are unconscious and unable to feel any pain. This sedation is typically only administered in a hospital or surgery center.

Dr. Partridge or Dr. Maxfield will work with you to determine the best method of sedation for you, based on your specific procedure, your overall health and your personal preferences.

The surgeons of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah are trained and certified to administer all forms of dental sedation, including laughing gas. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to discuss the right anesthesia for your upcoming oral surgery procedure.