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 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.
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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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.