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.
|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.