Oral surgery anesthesia

Understanding Your Anesthesia Options for Oral Surgery

Are you anxious about your upcoming oral surgery? Anesthesia can ensure you have a positive experience and a comfortable, pain-free procedure.

Whether you’re coming in to Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement or a more complex surgical procedure, our professional team will discuss anesthesia and determine the best approach to meet your needs.

Oral surgery anesthesia

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthetic is a numbing medication that oral surgeons administer directly at the surgical site. The medicine works to eliminate sensation and pain in the area, so it can enough for simple, minimally-invasive procedures. However, many patients opt to use local anesthetic with a second form of anesthesia.

Oral Sedation

Anti-anxiety medication, take in pill form before oral surgery, allows patients to feel relaxed, drowsy and worry-free during a procedure. Under this form of anesthesia, time passes quickly, yet patients are awake and can respond to the surgical team.

Laughing Gas

An inhaled form of sedation, laughing gas brings about feelings of contentment and euphoria while also altering the perception of pain. Also called nitrous oxide, this anesthesia doesn’t induce unconsciousness, but it helps patients remain calm, relaxed and ready for their procedures.

IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation, or “twilight sleep,” enables patients to be completely unaware of their surgical procedures. The medication, administered through an IV, doesn’t actually render patients unconscious, but most report feeling as if they slept through the entire oral surgery experience.

General Anesthesia

Under general anesthesia, patients are completely unconscious and oral surgeons must continually monitor their cardiovascular and respiratory functions. Due the additional risks this form of anesthesia presents, procedures often need to be completed at a local surgical center or hospital.

Deciding on Oral Surgery Anesthesia

When it comes to choosing anesthesia, safety is the primary concern. IV sedation and general anesthesia may be off the table for patients with chronic health conditions. And for anyone who takes prescription medication, surgeons must consider potential drug interactions.

After safety, patient comfort is the goal. At Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we always ask patients for input on anesthesia. And in many cases, patients can choose their own method of oral surgery anesthesia.

Rest assured, the Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery team will take every possible step to make sure you have a safe, comfortable and pain-free procedure. Our oral surgeons, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Alderman, have the training, experience and qualifications to safely administer all forms of anesthesia, and our friendly staff will help put your mind at ease.

For expert care in Wayne Township, Wayne County or the greater east central Indiana area, turn to Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Contact us and schedule a consultation to explore your oral surgery anesthesia options today.