What is Dental Anesthesia?
A common dilemma associated with dental procedures and oral surgery is dental anxiety.
The anxiety often relates to concern about pain. When the procedure is explained and the person understands there will be no pain due to some type of dental anesthesia, most are able to be calm and have the planned surgery.
When you visit Desert Valley Oral Surgery, we will discuss the steps of the procedure, and dental anesthesia, making sure you understand your procedure. The two main types of anesthesia used in dental surgeries are sedation and general. Each has particular uses and can be combined with other medications. Whether you are having your wisdom teeth removed or some other procedure, you can be sure we will do everything we can to minimize your pain and distress!
Dr. Donavan is a board certified oral surgeon with extensive training in this area. You can learn more about his background here.
Dental Anesthesia is Sometimes Referred to as Sedation
With this type of anesthesia, the medication may be taken orally by liquid or tablet, intravenously with an IV or inhaled. Sedation has three levels which are mild, moderate, or deep and can be used to relax you if you have any anxiety. It also helps with pain or staying still for oral surgery. You may be able to react to commands or you may go to sleep.
Deep sedation is sometimes called monitored anesthesia care (MAC). You are not aware of your surroundings when in deep sedation. There can be some risks with IV sedation so your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing will be closely monitored.
General Anesthesia and Oral Surgery
When visiting the oral surgeon, this type of anesthesia is typically used for longer procedures. With general anesthesia, you will be unconscious, completely relaxed, feel no pain and you will not remember the procedure.
General anesthesia is administered through a face mask or through an IV. The level of anesthesia depends on the patient and the type of procedure. You will also be closely monitored while using this type of anesthesia.
Not going to the oral surgeon for treatment when you have issues with your teeth and gums can be dangerous and affect your health. Oral surgeons conduct a range of surgeries with the most common being dental implants and removing wisdom teeth according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).
If you have any concern, don’t let it keep you from calling us at Desert Valley Oral Surgery. We will work with you to make sure you are comfortable and to make sure you have a healthy, happy smile. Contact us.