The team at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego is dedicated to providing you with excellent oral surgery care. To help you feel relaxed about your procedure and to eliminate pain during surgery, we offer a variety of anesthesia options at our practice. During your initial consultation with your oral surgeon, your options for anesthesia will be discussed in depth. The right anesthesia will be added to your treatment plan based on the type of procedure you are having, your level of anxiety about the procedure, and your individual health concerns. Because anesthesia does carry some risk, it is crucial for you to receive anesthesia from a doctor that has the proper training and expertise. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete hospital-based anesthesia training and maintain certifications in advanced cardiac life support to ensure you have a safe sedation experience. Dr. Koshgerian and Dr. Shelton are highly experienced in administering office-based anesthesia and our assisting team members are highly trained as well. You will be monitored continuously during and after your surgery.
Overview of Anesthesia
The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego offer the following types of in-office anesthesia and sedation:
- Local Anesthesia. Lidocaine is a type of local anesthetic that is administered directly to the surgical area. This type of local anesthetic is used in all oral surgery procedures and can be used with other methods of anesthesia for more complex surgeries. The patient remains completely conscious throughout the procedure.
- Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is an inhaled gas that offers sedation and a mild pain-relieving effect. This gas has been used in dentistry for many years. With this type of sedation, the patient will remain conscious but in a relaxed state throughout their treatment. Nitrous oxide is often used along with other methods of anesthesia. It works quickly and there are no side effects.
- Office-Based IV Sedation. Intravenous Sedation, also known as IV sedation and twilight sedation/sleep, is very calming and will ease any anxiety you may have about your treatment. You will not necessarily be asleep but may drift in and out of consciousness while under IV sedation. Rest assured, you will be comfortable and relaxed and will not feel any pain associated with your treatment.
- Office-Based General Anesthesia. Office-based general anesthesia puts the patient in an unconscious state, totally unaware of the procedure being performed. During this type of anesthesia, your vital signs will be closely monitored. Though usually used for more complex surgeries such as wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement, you may choose this type of anesthesia for your simple procedure if you are having apprehension about surgery. A designated driver is required to take you home after your procedure if you receive IV anesthesia.
Please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable staff with any questions you may have regarding anesthesia and sedation at our practice. Dr. Koshgerian, Dr. Shelton, and your entire care team here at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego care about your comfort, well-being, and safety.
Anesthesia Options in San Diego, CA
You will be in excellent hands during your oral surgery procedures with our oral surgeons and surgical team. We have the training and experience to ensure your comfort and safety. For more information about your anesthesia options at our practice, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koshgerian or Dr. Shelton, please give us a call at your convenience. We look forward to offering you the very best oral surgery care.