Anesthesia and Sedation

Several methods of anesthesia are available. The method that is chosen for the patient depends upon the nature of the surgical procedure and the patient’s level of anxiety.

Local Anesthetic

Local anesthetic is delivered to the area of the planned procedure. Once the medication has taken effect the feeling of discomfort is blocked and procedures can be performed without pain.

Nitrous Oxide

A mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, is administered through a nasal mask. The patient remains conscious and in a relaxed condition. Nitrous oxide has both a sedative and analgesic (pain-controlling) effect. Patients are able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.

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IV Sedation

Remove the stress from a dental visit with IV Sedation. Dr. Shirley is a trained MD and can help provide a relaxing experience with your visit. Call today to schedule your appointment!

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General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is available for all types of oral surgery. With general anesthesia, medication is administered through an IV and supplemental oxygen is delivered through a nasal breathing apparatus, and the patient’s vital signs are closely monitored.

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