At Austin Oral Surgery, we offer many different sedation options and work with you to determine the best option for your surgery and comfort level.
Our sedation options include:
Nitrous Oxide — Nitrous Oxide is probably the most well-known form of sedation, and is also popularly known as “laughing gas.” Is has both a euphoric and an analgesic (pain-killing) effect, decreasing anxiety and increasing comfort. It is fast acting and fast to wear off. For many people, an additional benefit is that nitrous oxide doesn’t require any sort of injection. Because it doesn’t cause you to sleep through the procedure and wears off quickly, you’re able to drive yourself home following your procedure.
Oral Sedation — Oral sedation involves taking a dose of anti-anxiety medication prior to your scheduled procedure. While it does not put the patient to sleep, oral sedation decreases anxiety, increases comfort, and often has an amnesic effect meaning that you will have little memory of your time with us. It’s important to note that with oral sedation, we do require you to arrange for someone to escort you to your appointment, remain with you in our office for the duration of your surgery, and drive you home.
Intravenous Sedation (Moderate and Deep) — At Austin Oral Surgery we offer two different types of IV sedations: moderate and deep. In a deep sedation you’ll likely sleep through the whole surgery, while with moderate you will sleep through most of the procedure. IV sedation is done by injecting the sedative through your bloodstream via an IV drip. For our IV procedures we require patients to fast for eight hours prior to their scheduled surgery, and to be escorted to our office and driven home. IV sedation is the deepest level of sedation Austin Oral Surgery offers for its surgeries.
Is Sedation During Oral Surgery Safe?
Some people may be wary about receiving anesthesia in an oral surgery office. However, it should be noted that oral surgeons have more anesthesia training than any other medical or dental professional (besides anesthesiologists), and they are more than qualified to deliver safe and effective sedation to their patients.
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, all oral and maxillofacial surgeons are “experienced in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.” Oral surgeons gain this experience during their four year residency following dental school where they serve on the medical anesthesiology service. During this time, oral surgery residents evaluate patients, deliver anesthetic, and monitor post-operative patients just like a licensed anesthesiologist.
All of our oral surgeons have years of experience within the oral surgery field, and have been administering anesthesia during oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures for many years.
At Austin Oral Surgery, all of our surgeons are not only licensed to provide anesthesia, but they have undergone extensive training. If you have any questions about sedation options or concerns about the oral surgery process, do not hesitate to contact us to speak with a member of our Patient Service Team. Call today!