Many patients feel anxious before a surgical procedure. This nervousness is completely normal, and the staff at Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta wants to ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible for your procedure. That is why we offer many options for sedation when you undergo any oral surgical procedure with us. The method used depends on the preference of the patient and the nature of the surgical procedure.
A local anesthetic is administered in the area that the surgery is performed and can be used in conjunction with other anesthetic options, such as nitrous oxide.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is commonly utilized when patients experience mild to severe anxiety before the procedure. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is administered through a nasal breathing apparatus.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation is administered through an intravenous line and allows the patient to reach a deeper level of sedation and reduced anxiety throughout the procedure.
The use of an oral sedative can be used to calm anxiety during the procedure. This is often combined with nitrous oxide sedation.
Are oral surgeons qualified to administer anesthesia?
Yes! All oral surgeons must undergo extensive training and gain valuable experience in the medical field performing anesthesia before they go into oral surgery practice. The training and hands-on experience include administering anesthesia in hospital operating rooms 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 conscious sedation or general anesthesia, unlike the majority of general dentists.