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 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.
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