Many patients are frightened at the thought of having a surgical procedure and we completely understand the anxiety that surgical procedures can induce. While any procedure can cause anxiety, we find that it is typically reduced when patients realize they have several options for sedation. Both Dr. Anderson and Dr. Jimenez have undergone years of training to excel at the administration of all levels of anesthesia offered in our office. Our surgical team is both highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable to assist alongside our elite surgeons. We have highlighted your anesthesia options below.
Oral sedation typically means the patient will take a medication that will relax them for their procedure. If this method is chosen, a prescription will be given to the patient in order for them to take the medication prior to the appointment. This would relax them to the point where they are comfortable and calm during the procedure.
The term ‘conscious sedation,’ requires sedation by way of an IV. This relaxes the patient to the point where they have minimal recollection of the procedure and may be able to discuss things with the surgeon during the procedure.
Intravenous (IV) General Anesthesia
With IV general anesthesia, the patient has no recollection of the event and is completely asleep during the procedure. The patient will not respond to any questioning, if asked, during the procedure. IV generation anesthesia is the most common type of sedation in an oral surgeon’s office and one that the surgeon endures rigorous training to be able to deliver safely for his or her patient.
Preparing for Anesthesia
The type of anesthesia you receive may or may not be something that is a choice in your case, as some procedures simply cannot be done without it. Whether you are preparing for a procedure with anesthesia or considering the type of anesthesia you should get it, speak with your doctor to get answers to some key questions, including:
* Should I eat or drink anything before the procedure?
* How will I feel coming out of anesthesia?
* Should I plan for someone to take me home afterward?
Any questions you have will be addressed during your initial consultation with our team. Click here to schedule your consultation, or contact our team at 770-302-0101.