5 Types of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Anesthesia
Are you nervous about your upcoming oral and maxillofacial surgery? With the right anesthesia or sedation, you can have a comfortable, pain-free experience.
Every patient we see is offered oral surgery anesthesia. Whether you’re scheduled for wisdom tooth extraction, dental implants or a more complex procedure like corrective jaw surgery, the professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah determines the best approach to calm your anxiety and keep you from feeling any discomfort.
No. 1: Local Anesthetic
Local anesthetic is the numbing medication administered directly to the gums around the oral surgery site. Simple, minimally invasive procedures can often be completed with only local anesthetic, but many patients prefer to use it along with another form of anesthesia.
No. 2: Oral Sedation
Oral sedation, taken as a tablet before the oral and maxillofacial surgery procedure, can help patients feel drowsy and relaxed. With this anesthesia, anxieties melt away and time seems to fly by quickly. Under oral sedation, patients are still conscious and able to respond.
No. 3: Nitrous Oxide
More commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is an inhaled form of sedation. Inhaling the gas mixture results in a sense of well-being and euphoria, and alters the perception of pain. Patients anesthetized with laughing gas remain alert enough to react to instructions, but they also feel calm and relaxed.
No. 4: Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Also referred to as “twilight sleep,” intravenous anesthesia renders patients unaware and pain-free during oral and maxillofacial surgery. Administered through an IV, this type of anesthesia doesn’t induce unconsciousness, but patients feel as if they have slept and rarely remember the procedure.
No. 5: General Anesthesia
General anesthesia, the highest level of oral surgery sedation offered, induces unconsciousness. This form of anesthesia is usually reserved for extensive procedures like jaw reconstruction or the treatment of traumatic facial injuries.
For patients who require general anesthesia, procedures often need to be completed at a hospital or surgery center.
Which Type of Anesthesia Is Right for You?
Before your procedure, your oral surgeon will discuss your sedation options with you.
Safety is our chief concern. Not every form of anesthesia is suitable for all patients. If you have a chronic health condition or immune system issue, IV sedation and general anesthesia may not be recommended. And if you take prescription medications, potential drug interactions will need to be considered.
Aside from safety, ensuring your comfort is our primary goal. To that end, your surgeon will want your input on sedation. In fact, you may be able to choose your own method of anesthesia for your oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Cost may also be a factor. Charges for the different types of anesthesia vary, and not all forms may be covered by your insurance plan.
The professional oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah have the training, experience and qualifications to provide safe and effective sedation. Contact one of our three convenient Salt Lake City-area offices to discuss anesthesia for your oral and maxillofacial surgery procedure today.
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