Patient Education

Anesthesia: Safety and Comfort in the Office

One of the most common experiences for patients about to undergo any kind of surgical procedure is anxiety. We all wonder what will happen during the operation, what kind of pain or discomfort it may cause, and how we will manage that pain or discomfort afterwards. If you are about to undergo any kind of procedure at an Oral and Facial Surgery Office, you are not alone when it comes to feelings of anxiety. The good news is that advances in technology now provide many different options for anesthesia. The type that is chosen will depend on the procedure involved as well as the health history and preference of the patient. The most appropriate type of anesthesia can then be selected that will make your procedure a very comfortable and pain-free experience.

Types of Anesthesia

Generally, there are several different types of anesthesia that may be used in our office. This may include local anesthesia, gas or inhalational agents, and intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.  Local anesthetics act to numb the affected areas during the duration of your procedure and for a time thereafter. Intravenous anesthesia techniques leave your breathing safely intact but your mind in a state of total relaxation and you may not remember everything that happened afterwards. Inhalational techniques can also be used to put you "under,” rendering you unconscious and usually unable to remember the entire procedure.

These forms of anesthesia are safe when administered by a skilled and trained surgeon.  Afterwards, to handle any post-operative pain or discomfort following your procedure, you will be generally prescribed appropriate medications.

Safety of Today’s Anesthesia Techniques

Today’s Oral and Facial Surgeons are trained in the safest, most effective, and reliable anesthetic techniques. They undergo extensive training in this field to learn basic principles, how to handle complications, and how to maintain maximum safety for their patients. Not only are they educated in the classroom but they train side by side with their anesthesia colleagues, gaining all kinds of clinical experiences. All of this adds up to superb training in anesthesia that is well beyond what is standard for most medical or dental offices. These surgeons continue to perfect their knowledge and techniques of anesthesia thru advanced education education. 

At our office, your comfort is a top priority. By discussing what to expect when your procedure is done, your anxiety can be greatly reduced. Putting your mind at ease is part of the procedure, so don’t hesitate to communicate your worries, questions, or concerns about any part of your treatment plan.