It is normal to feel anxious about your upcoming treatment. At Oral Surgery Services, we offer several options of anesthesia to ensure you have a safe procedure and feel as comfortable as possible. We will explain your options for anesthesia before your surgery, during your consultation appointment. Your health history, personal preference, and type of procedure will determine the anesthesia option that is right for you.
Types of Anesthesia
Local anesthesia. Local anesthesia is administered directly into the site and allows the patient to remain conscious but not feel any pain associated with the procedure. It is often used together with nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is helpful for patients who may experience some anxiety before their procedure. It is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask that is placed over the nose. It is often used in conjunction with local anesthesia.
Intravenous (IV) sedation. IV sedation is administered into a vein and allows the patient to become very comfortable and enter a sleep-like state. The patient remains semi-conscious throughout the procedure and may or may not remember it.
Hospital or Surgery Center-Based General Anesthesia. If you require a complicated or extensive procedure, such as facial trauma injury or orthognathic surgery, you may undergo general anesthesia in a surgery center or hospital setting. An anesthesiologist will administer the general anesthesia.
As oral surgeons, Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Smith have undergone years of training to become experts at performing all types of oral and maxillofacial procedures, including the safe administration of anesthesia. Your treatment plan, including your options for anesthesia, will be discussed in detail before your procedure.