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Anesthesia: Safety and Comfort in the OMS Office

Introduction and History of Dental Anesthesia

One of the most common experiences for patients about to undergo any kind of surgical or dental procedure is anxiety. We all wonder what will happen during the procedure, 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 the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Office, you are not

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alone when it comes to this anxiety. The good news is that advances in technology now provide many different types of anesthesia. The type that is chosen will depend on the procedure involved as well as the case history and preferences of the patient. An appropriate type of anesthesia can be used in every case that will make your procedure a very comfortable and pain-free experience.

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Types of Anesthesia

Generally, four types of anesthesia may be used in the OMS office. These are minimal and moderate forms of anesthesia, deep intravenous anesthesia, and general anesthesia in which you will be totally asleep. Minimal and moderate anesthesia is done with local anesthetics, which numb the affected areas during the duration of your procedure and for a time thereafter. Intravenous sedation leaves you conscious but in a state of total relaxation. You can still communicate with your dental team while under IV anesthesia but you may not remember everything that happened afterwards. General anesthesia is administered through an IV, injection, or through inhalation and causes you to “go under,” rendering you unconscious and usually unable to remember the entire procedure.

All of these forms of anesthesia are completely safe when administered by a trained surgeon. To handle any resulting pain or discomfort following your procedure, you are generally prescribed an appropriate medication.

Safety of Today’s Anesthesia Techniques

Today’s oral and maxillofacial 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 working anesthesiologists, gaining all kinds of clinical experiences. All of this adds up to anesthetic training that is well beyond what is normal for other dental offices. These surgeons continue to perfect their anesthesiology knowledge and techniques with continuing education. 

At the OMS 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 uncertainties about any part of your treatment plan.