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Is Oral Surgery Dangerous?

Oral surgery can be an intimidating prospect for most people, particularly when it involves anesthesia. Approximately 30 percent of people have concerns about pain related to dental procedures, and worry anesthesia won’t block it out, according to Healthline. Due to this fear, some people avoid oral surgery, worsening their dental health. 

Although you may not look forward to surgery, you can rest assured anesthesia is safe and can mitigate the pain and anxiety associated with procedures.

Learn more about dental surgery in today’s blog. 

Why Do People Need Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery refers to any surgical procedure a surgeon performs in or around your mouth and jaw. There are various types of oral surgeries, such as tooth extraction, dental implant insertion, root canal, corrective jaw procedures, and more. If your dental problems go beyond the expertise of a general dentist, they will refer you to an oral surgeon. 

Sadly, some people fear anesthesia because they don’t like feeling a loss of control. We’ve compiled a list of reasons why anesthesia is safe and necessary to help ease your mind.

Local Dental Anesthesia

If you’re afraid of going unconscious, ask your oral surgeon to use local anesthesia for your procedure. Generally, they will administer it if you only require a simple procedure, such as a cavity filling. One of the main benefits is you will remain awake and able to communicate with your surgeon, giving you a sense of control. 

Moreover, the area will go numb so that you won’t feel pain. If you’re afraid of needles, your oral surgeon may be able to apply the local anesthesia topically. 

Examples of local anesthesia include:

  • Articaine
  • Bupivacaine
  • Lidocaine
  • Mepivacaine
  • Prilocaine


An oral surgeon might administer a sedative to help ease your anxiety and pain. You may remain fully conscious, so you will be able to respond to commands; on the other hand, you might end up semiconscious and less alert. It’s important to note there are different levels of sedation, which include mild, moderate, and deep. The type you will receive depends on your procedure. 

If you undergo deep sedation, also known as monitored anesthesia care (MAC), you may not be aware of your surroundings. You might only be able to respond to repeated stimulation. Additionally, you can receive this medication orally through a tablet or liquid. 

Here are the most common sedatives:

  • Diazepam
  • Midazolam
  • Propofol
  • Nitrous oxide

General Dental Anesthesia

Surgeons administer general dental anesthesia for longer, invasive procedures. Most people who fear surgery don’t like the prospect of general anesthesia because it makes patients go completely unconscious. However, an experienced surgeon can reassure you and help keep you safe. They will administer the anesthesia using a face mask or IV, and the amount will depend on the procedure. 

General anesthesia medications include:

  • Ketamine
  • Etomidate
  • Midazolam
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Desflurane

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah is Here for You

We understand some people have a phobia of surgery because they don’t want to go unconscious, but when a professional administers medication, they do it safely. At Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah, we specialize in impacted canine, bone grafting, pre-prosthetic surgeries, and more. Our patients’ comfort is our main priority. We have offices in South Jordan, Tooele, and Cottonwood Heights. Schedule your free consultation today. 


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