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Oral surgery requires some form of anesthesia to ensure the comfort and safety of the patient during the procedure. The type of anesthesia used depends on the extent of the procedure and the needs of the individual patient. At Westgrove Dental, three main forms of sedation during our procedures.
Local anesthesia is the most common form of sedation and is used for minor procedures, such as filling cavities. The numbing medication is injected directly into the area where your dentists will be working. You’ll be conscious during the procedure, but won’t feel any pain.
For some procedures that use local anesthesia, we also use nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. You breathe in through a mask placed over your nose, and you’ll feel calm and relaxed. Nitrous oxide and local anesthesia are excellent options for patients undergoing minor dental procedures.
IV sedation offers a bit of deeper anesthesia for patients, without putting them all the way to sleep. Many patients prefer this type of anesthesia for oral surgery procedures. It depresses your level of consciousness, but you are still awake and can respond to commands. Patients typically do not remember anything from the procedure.
General anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation and is reserved for the most intensive procedures or for patients who may have extreme anxiety about their procedure. You will be completely unconscious during your procedure, which is why we commonly refer to general anesthesia as being put to sleep. We use general anesthesia for procedures like dental implant surgery, removing impacted wisdom teeth, or large oral surgical procedures.
Our maxillofacial surgeons are experienced in all forms of dental anesthesia and so are all of our staff members. We will work with you to determine which is the most ideal for you and your individual situation. We work hard to make every procedure as comfortable as possible for our patients. If you have any questions or concerns about the use of anesthesia, or want to know more about a certain type, our maxillofacial surgeons are always happy to answer questions or address concerns.