Anesthesia Can Help Calm the Nerves and Provide Great Comfort

Anesthesia Options Explained - Video Transcript

Hello, I’m Dr. Fred Loe of North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. I am a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and have obtained a dental degree.

Oral surgical procedures can be anxiety provoking. We understand that, and we want to make the experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible for you. We offer various forms of anesthesia at our Fort Worth, TX, practice, including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. We will evaluate your health and concerns in order to provide the type of anesthesia that is the safest and most appropriate for you. Our surgical staff has been extensively trained and we utilize the latest technologies and medications to ensure your comfort and safety. We are experienced in providing anesthesia to all age ranges, ranging from pediatric to elderly patients. We are licensed and accredited in accordance with strict guidelines, and we utilize the same monitoring and safety standards as the hospital operating rooms.

For all of your oral surgery needs, please visit us at North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We perform general tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement & bone grafting procedures, as well as facial trauma surgery and many other facial reconstructive procedures. We service all of Tarrant, Wise, and Parker Counties and look forward to caring for you at our state-of-the-art oral surgery facility. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call our office. Thank you.

Anesthesia

Many patients feel anxiety prior to a surgical procedure—this is normal, and the surgical staff at our office want to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible for your procedure. That is why we offer many options for sedation when you undergo any oral surgical procedure at North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. The methods used often depend on the preference of the patient and the nature of the surgical procedure.

Anesthesia Options

Local Anesthesia A local anesthetic is administered in the area that the surgery is performed and can be used in conjunction with other anesthetic options, such as nitrous oxide.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Nitrous oxide sedation is also known as laughing gas and is commonly utilized when patients experience mild to severe anxiety prior to the procedure. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is administered through a nasal breathing apparatus.
Intravenous (IV)  Sedation IV sedation is administered through an intravenous line and allows the patient to fall completely asleep throughout the procedure. This option is commonly used in semi-invasive surgical procedures, such as bone grafting, and can also be utilized when patients experience a high level of anxiety.
General Anesthesia If you undergo an extensive procedure, such as facial trauma surgery or jaw reconstruction, you may need to undergo general anesthesia. If this is the case, Dr. Loe’s certified anesthesiologist will be scheduled in the office to administer the sedative, eliminating fees and time that would have been spent visiting an outpatient hospital for the procedure.

 

Are oral surgeons qualified to administer anesthesia?

Yes! All oral surgeons must undergo extensive training and gain valuable experience in the medical field performing anesthesia before they go into oral surgery practice. This training and hands-on experience include the administration of operating room anesthesia in hospitals, as well as in-office anesthesia in specialty facilities. They have received the highest level of licensure for dental practitioners to perform anesthesia, which allows them to safely perform a broader spectrum of anesthetic options, unlike the majority of general dentists.

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