Anesthesia for Your Surgery at Austin Oral Surgery
In order to ensure your comfort during your oral surgery, the professionals at Austin Oral Surgery offer and provide anesthesia services in Austin, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Georgetown, San Marcos, La Grange, Marble Falls, Temple, Dripping Springs, South Austin, and North Austin, TX. We offer multiple levels of sedation to ensure that each individual patient receives the care and comfort that they deserve while undergoing different treatments. Before we begin the operation, we will discuss with you your level of comfort. This will help us determine what level of sedation to give you when we perform the oral surgery. With anesthesia, you can sit back and relax during your oral operation.
What Is Anesthesia?
Anesthesia, or sedation, is a medical treatment that oral surgeons give their patients to prevent them from feeling pain and discomfort during oral surgery. Anesthesia can come in various forms. You can be administered anesthesia through an IV and orally. With the different types of anesthesia come different levels of sedation. Anesthesia is given to patients who experience anxiety when it comes to dental operations. Patients are given sedatives or anesthesia to help them relax and be more comfortable during surgery.
What Are the Different Types of Anesthesia?
At Austin Oral Surgery, each of our doctors is licensed to provide the various types of anesthesia. All of our surgeons have undergone extensive training in anesthesia so that they know how to provide it correctly and safely.
- IV Deep Sedation — IV deep sedation is also administered intravenously, but during this type of deep sedation, you will sleep through the majority of the procedure. Someone will be required to drive you to and from your appointment when using this type of sedation method. You will also need to fast eight hours prior to your appointment if using this method of sedation.
- IV Moderate Sedation — IV moderate sedation is administered intravenously. This type of sedation allows you to relax more completely while still awake. However, you will not be aware of much of the procedure due to the deep relaxation. Someone will be required to drive you to and from your appointment when using this type of sedation method. You will also need to fast eight hours prior to your appointment if using this method of sedation.
- Nitrous Oxide — Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is used to relax patients through inhalation. While breathing in the nitrous oxide, you will feel more and more relaxed with every breath. Nitrous oxide has a calming effect and decreases anxiety. It is extremely safe to use, and it wears off quickly so that you can drive after your treatment.
Why Should I Choose Anesthesia?
Anesthesia can really help you stay calm during dental procedures. If you struggle with dental anxiety or dental phobia, anesthesia can help you get the procedures you need without experiencing the fear that often comes along with them. With anesthesia, your anxiety will dissipate, there will be a reduction in your gag reflex, you will experience minimal pain, and our surgeons will be able to work faster as you are more relaxed. If you experience any of the following, you may be a great candidate for anesthesia.
- Extreme fear or anxiety associated with dental procedures
- Previously traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty becoming numb with numbing agents
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Extensive dental problems
- Restlessness during dental procedures
- Fear of needles or shots
- Negative response to dental office environments
- TMJ or discomfort keeping your mouth open for periods of time
The Common Side Effects of Anesthesia
As with all medications, you may experience some side effects when using anesthesia. These side effects are often mild and are relieved within a few hours of your appointment. If you are experiencing any intense side effects during or after your procedure, please let one of our doctors know so that we can evaluate your situation effectively. The common side effects of anesthesia include the following:
- Dry Mouth
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Concentration Problems
- Blurred Vision
Choose Austin Oral Surgery for Your Next Procedure
At Austin Oral Surgery, we are a team of board-certified oral surgeons who care about your comfort, safety, and oral health. We administer anesthesia for surgery in Austin, TX to ensure that your comfort is maintained during every single procedure we perform. We strive to make sure that your experience is a great one when you visit our office. Our team works hard to give you comfort during every treatment you receive. With our advanced anesthesia and plenty of options to choose from, your procedure will be over before you know it. We cater to your unique needs, so when you come into our office, we will discuss your concerns with you and then meet you where you are with our technology and medications. You will be able to sit back and relax and enjoy your optimal oral health. Reach out to us today to schedule your next appointment.
Our team of board-certified oral surgeons can ensure your procedure with anesthesia is comfortable, safe, and hassle-free.
What should I expect if I will be undergoing sedation?
You will need to arrange for an adult to escort you to your appointment, remain with you in our office for the duration of your surgery, and drive you home. You will also need to be without food or drink for a period of 8 hours prior to your procedure.
On the morning of your appointment, when you arrive at our office, our surgical care team will escort you to a room that has been set up just for you and allow you to recline in one of our chairs. We will gently place multiple monitors on you that allow us to evaluate your vital signs and the oxygen levels in your blood. You will then inhale pure oxygen and laughing gas through a small mask.
Once you are comfortable, an IV will be gently placed, and your surgeon will administer medication that allows you to sleep peacefully during the procedure. The procedure will be performed while you are comfortably sedated, and you will be awakened at the end of the procedure.
When you awake, you will remain with us in our recovery room where you may lie peacefully while we monitor you as your body clears much of the anesthetic. Once it is safe for you to go home, you will be released and escorted by one of our staff to your car and your driver may take you home.
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