Sometimes oral surgery requires sedation, and patients with anxiety or those receiving lengthy treatment benefit from varying levels of sedative medication. Our practice offers a number of treatments including the placement of dental implants, corrective and reconstructive jaw surgery, and soft tissue reconstruction. An oral surgeon is a specialist that has a standard dental degree along with advanced training and education to treat conditions and diseases that affect the entire oral and maxillofacial region. During residency training, an oral surgeon will undergo in-depth study and ultimately receive certification to provide safe and effective anesthesia. When providing anesthetic services, we only use FDA-approved medication and protocols in a clinical environment where patients are constantly monitored by our well-trained staff.
Types of Sedation
There are different methods and levels of sedation. The mildest form of sedation is nitrous oxide gas, which is a safe and short-acting method of producing a calming and pain-relieving effect during treatment. Most patients receiving nitrous oxide can drive to and from their appointments.
Another option for promoting relaxation, alleviating anxiety, and reducing discomfort is by taking prescribed oral sedatives. This medication comes from the benzodiazepine class of drugs such as Valium or Ativan and works to prevent the chemical reactions that cause panic and anxiety. Since this medicine is longer acting than nitrous oxide gas, patients will need a ride to and from our practice.
IV sedation is another option and is especially useful for patients undergoing complex or lengthy treatment. When medication is administered intravenously, the dosage is controllable throughout treatment and patients will sleep worry-free and comfortably. Our team may administer different levels of IV sedation, moderate or deep, depending on the situation at hand. IV sedation normally means that patients will sleep through most if not all of their procedure and have little to no recollection of treatment. During IV sedation, vitals are monitored constantly so that our team can ensure a safe experience.
To learn more about IV sedation for oral surgery and our oral surgeons’ credentials, call us at Austin Oral Surgery to reserve a consultation.