Oral Surgery: Understanding Your Sedation Options


photodune-2375018-relax-xs-300x200Do you have an upcoming oral surgery? Perhaps you are visiting our oral surgeon for a consultation on dental implants, TMJ treatment, bone grafting, wisdom teeth extractions, or jaw surgery. If you have an upcoming consultation or oral surgery, you probably have questions about how you will feel during and after your procedure. Sedation is one way that we can keep our guests comfortable and relaxed during their treatment. There are varying levels of sedation. For instance, some patients can have a dental implant placed with nitrous oxide and a local anesthetic while other people’s situations can dictate the need for IV sedation. Our objective is to provide treatment that is as comfortable as possible so that our patients can enjoy a life with increased oral function and health.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a gas that is used as a mild analgesic and sedative. It produces warm feelings of slight euphoria, which can combat discomfort and anxiety. Nitrous oxide is great for small biopsies and other procedures that don’t require much invasiveness. Sometimes, patients have received dental implants with as little as nitrous oxide and a local anesthetic, however, many patients undergoing implant placement receive oral or IV sedation.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a great option for increasing comfort during procedures like bone grafting and simple tooth extractions. This type of sedation is incredibly beneficial for those with clinical or dental phobias. Oral sedation involves taking prescribed tablets from a family of medications used to treat anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia.

IV Sedation

This type of sedation is administered intravenously so patients stay comfortable during treatment and so that an oral surgeon can work without obstruction. IV sedation is useful for many types of procedures including wisdom teeth extractions, jaw surgery, bone grafts, dental implant placement, and TMJ treatment. There are two types of IV sedation, one is milder than the other and some patients might have slightly more recollection of their procedures than those receiving deep sedation.

Call us today to schedule an appointment or to ask questions about sedation.