Henderson Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center has multiple forms of anesthesia to make your procedure as comfortable as possible. At our office in Henderson, NV, we will review your situation and your preferences during a consultation appointment to help you find the anesthesia option that will best complement your procedure and comfort level.
When it comes to administering anesthesia, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the highest licensure and training of any dental professional. During their training, they work alongside professional anesthesiologists to understand the different types of anesthesia. Our office is equipped with advanced monitoring equipment to ensure your safety.
Types of Anesthesia for Oral Surgery
Depending on your health history, preferences, and the procedure you are having, you will likely receive one or more of the following types of anesthesia:
Local anesthesia is used in most dental and facial procedures to numb the area of surgery. If you receive a local anesthetic only, you will remain awake during your procedure, but you will not feel any pain in the area that we administer the anesthetic. Once finished, you will be able to drive yourself home.
Nitrous oxide is administered orally through a breathing apparatus. If you are particularly anxious about dental procedures, you may feel more relaxed if you choose to have nitrous oxide administered before your procedure. Nitrous oxide can also help control pain to some extent, but usually, we will provide it in conjunction with local anesthesia.
IV sedation is generally for more involved or lengthy procedures. Your surgeon or another qualified specialist will administer the anesthesia through an intravenous line. IV sedation/anesthetic allows patients to go into a sleep-like state throughout the procedure and wake up once everything is finished. Most patients find that when they receive IV sedation, their procedure is over before they even know it has begun. You will need to be driven home by a responsible adult after your surgery is over.
General anesthesia may be the best option for a more extensive surgical procedure. Most of the time, general anesthesia is appropriate for a hospital-based facial or dental surgery.
Anesthesia and Sedation at Henderson Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center
Our staff is committed to making you feel as comfortable as possible for your procedures at our practice. You will be given complete instructions on how to prepare for your procedure well before your surgery date. In general, local anesthesia alone requires little to no preparation, and you may eat a light meal before your procedure. IV and general anesthesia have extensive guidelines, and you may not consume any foods or liquids for at least six hours before your surgery. If you have any questions about your procedure after reviewing your instructions, give us a call, and our staff members will be happy to help you.