Sedation offers individuals with general anxiety or fears about a specific oral surgery procedure the opportunity to have a more stress-free and comfortable experience. Utilizing safe and controlled sedation techniques prior to the procedure, the patient is eased into a state of complete relaxation. This eliminates any discomfort, pain, and pre-operative anxiety that may be associated with a particular visit. With sedation, patients typically feel more at ease post-operatively as they have little to no memory of the actual procedure.
Our Lake Nona oral and maxillofacial surgery specialists are experts in outpatient sedation. There are many anesthetic options to make you as comfortable as possible during your surgical visit. A local anesthetic is always provided during any procedure. We also specialize in Lake Nona wisdom teeth removal and Lake Nona dental implants. Schedule a consultation today!
What are the different types of sedation for oral surgery?
The choice of which type of sedation is most appropriate for an oral surgery procedure depends on the specific needs of the individual. In choosing the most appropriate method of sedation, the oral surgeon considers the patient’s medical history and their level of anxiety. Types of sedation for oral surgery patients include nitrous oxide sedation, and IV sedation.
Local Anesthesia (numbing shots ) will produce a numb feeling in the area being operated on. This blocks any feeling of pain during the procedure. One may still be aware of a feeling of pressure (without discomfort) during surgery. With local anesthesia alone, you will be awake and recall the surgery, but there should be no significant discomfort. Procedures under only local anesthesia usually mean that the patient can drive home on their own following the surgery. We have different kinds of local anesthetic that can be used depending on how long the “numb” feeling is desired to be in effect. Local Anesthesia can be used alone, and is always used in combination with Nitrous Oxide, IV Sedation and General Anesthesia to ensure a pain free experience after your surgery.
Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is used as a mild sedative to reduce anxiety and allow a level of relaxation during a procedure. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small mask over the nose. It is administered for the duration of the procedure and is turned off as the procedure is coming to an end. The effects of this method of sedation wear off very quickly.
IV Sedation (Mild, Moderate, Deep/General)
IV Sedation involves sedative medications that are administered intravenously into a vein. . This type of sedation can be quickly modified to regulate your state of consciousness and can be continued as long as necessary for the procedure. IV Sedation requires an empty stomach. Patients receiving this type of sedation will be instructed as to how many hours prior to their surgical procedure they should stop eating or drinking. In addition to this, patients receiving IV sedation will need to have an escort present for the appointment and to be able to drive them home when the appointment is completed.
General Anesthesia involves sedative medications that are administered intravenously into a vein and/or through a breathing tube that is inserted through the nose or the mouth . This type of anesthesia is intended for patients to be fully asleep, unconscious, and to have their breathing supported via use of an endotracheal tube and anesthesia machine/ventilator. General Anesthesia requires an empty stomach. Patients receiving this type of anesthesia will be instructed as to how many hours prior to their surgical procedure they should stop eating or drinking. In addition to this, patients receiving general anesthesia will need to have an escort present in the office for the appointment and to be able to drive them home when the appointment is completed.
On the day of your procedure, our surgeons will perform your personalized treatment plan to precisely and accurately place the implants in their optimal positions within your jawbone.
Patients are often pleasantly surprised at how easy the implant surgery process can be. In our office, your comfort is always a top priority. On the day of your procedure, our surgeons will execute your personalized treatment plan to precisely and accurately place the implants in their optimal positions within your jawbone.
If you are having a tooth extracted and the conditions are appropriate, the implant may be placed into the socket during the same procedure. If the tooth is already missing, a small incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the underlying jawbone. The dental implant will then be surgically inserted into the bone. Most of the time, the gum is sutured around a healing abutment attached to the implant that extends through the gum tissue. This is referred to as the “one stage healing” of the implant.
At times, patients may have softer bone or insufficient volume of bone. In these cases, the implant may need to heal beneath the surface of the gum for additional protection. This is referred to as “submerged healing” and requires a second minor surgery 8-12 weeks later to expose the implant after adequate initial healing has occurred.
Some patients may also be candidates for immediate implant teeth. This option allows for the placement of temporary teeth that are immediately secured onto the implant(s) to avoid the need for removable replacements during healing. Patients who receive immediate implant teeth have very strict diet and hygiene regimens for the first 12 weeks that must be carefully followed in order to ensure a successful outcome. Placement of immediate teeth requires pre-operative planning and coordination with our prosthodontist first.
After implant surgery, most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life. In almost all cases, patients can wear temporary replacement teeth. Most patients can easily return to work within 1-3 days. Postoperative discomfort is usually considered minimal. Although you will have temporary teeth, the bone and gum tissues must first heal completely to the dental implants before the final teeth are fabricated. Implant healing can range from 8 weeks to four months or more depending on conditions such as bone quality, age, underlying medical conditions, and overall ability to heal. We also specialize in Lake Nona wisdom teeth removal surgery
The Trusted Oral Surgeons in Lake Nona, FL
Our Lake Nona oral surgeons are experts in the diagnosis and management of various conditions of the face, mouth, jaws, and teeth. This expertise spans the full spectrum of their respective specialties in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Our specialists have trained at some of the most prestigious universities and institutions across the country and bring years of research, teaching, and cutting-edge clinical experience to our practice. In addition to the Lake Nona area, we also perform oral surgery on patients throughout Laureate Park, Moss Park, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Hart, Orlando, Meadow Woods, Lee Vista, St. Cloud, and Kissimmee.