Many people prefer to be sedated or asleep during their treatment. The surgical team at Northern Westchester Oral Surgery wants to ensure every patient feels as comfortable as possible during their procedure.
We offer various forms of anesthesia in our office so you can choose the best sedation or anesthetic option you feel most comfortable with.
During your surgical consultation, we will thoroughly review your health history and help you make an informed decision on which anesthesia option is safest and will make you the most comfortable during your procedure. The option suggested may vary based on the nature of the surgical procedure and your personal preference.
What kind of anesthesia do you provide?
A local anesthetic is administered in the area that the surgery is performed to numb a centralized location and can be used in conjunction with other anesthetic options, such as nitrous oxide.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation is more commonly known as “laughing gas.” This sedation is commonly administered when patients would like assistance in relaxing prior to the surgical procedure. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is administered to you to help keep you comfortable.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation is administered through an intravenous line and allows you to fall asleep throughout the procedure. IV anesthesia is commonly used to facilitate surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, and many other surgical procedures. This anesthetic option can also be utilized when patients experience a high level of anxiety.
Hospital or Surgery Center-Based General Anesthesia
If you have to undergo an extensive procedure, such as facial trauma surgery or jaw reconstruction, you may need general anesthesia in a hospital or surgery center, which will be administered by an anesthesiologist.
Can my oral surgeon administer anesthesia?
Yes! To become a practicing oral surgeon, all must undergo and complete extensive training. They must also gain valuable experience in the medical field performing anesthesia as part of their residency training before going into practicing oral surgery. This combination of training and hands-on experience includes the administration of operating room anesthesia in hospitals, as well as in-office anesthesia in specialty facilities. They have received the highest level of licensure for dental practitioners to perform anesthesia, which allows them to perform deep sleep or general anesthesia.