What to expect
There are three main choices for anesthesia. Depending on your procedure and comfort level your oral surgeon will recommend one of the following:
- Local Anesthesia
- Nitrous Oxide
- General Anesthesia
For Patients Receiving General Anesthesia
Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight prior
to surgery, not even water. (gum or mints are also
If you are less than 18 years of age, you MUST
have a legal guardian accompany you on the
day of surgery. That person must stay in the
office during the procedure and escort you
home after surgery.
Your driver needs to arrive with you to the
appointment and remain in the waiting area
during your procedure.
Please wear loose-fitting clothing with sleeves
that can be rolled up past the elbow, and
comfortable walking shoes. Open-toed shoes
are not advised, tennis shoes are recommended.
Remove contact lenses before surgery. Please leave
them at home.
DO NOT wear lipstick, makeup, excessive
cologne/perfume, or nail polish on the day
Take any pre-medications that were prescribed to you.
Leave all valuables at home. No cell phones
will be permitted in the surgical suite.
What to expect.
Local anesthesia is administered by injection at the site of treatment. A topical anesthetic will be placed first to numb the area to help alleviate any discomfort when the injection is given. You will be awake during this type of anesthesia, and though you may feel some pressure and movement, you should not experience any discomfort.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, is the lightest form of sedation. The medication will be administered by breathing through a nasal mask. Nitrous is very short acting and is completely eliminated from the body within minutes after being turned off. This allows the patient the ability to leave the office without an escort because there is no hang-over effect. Although the effects vary from patient to patient, most patients feel that nitrous oxide “just takes the edge off”.
General anesthesia will be administered via an IV in the arm. IV sedation will put you in a safe, relaxed, and comfortable state throughout your surgery. It is the most effective at reducing awareness and anxiety for dental procedures. You will be asleep throughout the procedure and your medication intake, breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure will all be monitored by our surgical team. The medications administered will take approximately 24 hours to be completely eliminated therefore you will not be permitted to drive following the procedure. A responsible driver will need to arrive with you to your appointment and wait in our office until the surgery is finished so they can take you home.
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At Summerville Oral Surgery, we know how to help you. Our board-certified surgeon and expert staff can provide the care you need to relieve the discomfort you feel.