It is normal to feel anxious about undergoing any type of surgical procedure. Our team at Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of Cincinnati understands these anxieties, and we are here to help you and your loved ones have a comfortable, safe, and positive oral surgery experience.
Prior to your procedure, your oral surgeon will discuss all of your options for anesthesia and help you select the right type for your needs. At Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of Cincinnati, our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer a variety of anesthesia and sedation options. As both surgeons and physicians, Robert Lucas, MD, DMD, Garrett Seghi, DDS, MD, and Eric Murnan, DDS, MD are qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia and have undergone many years of training to ensure patients receive the safest possible care. To schedule your consultation and learn more about your anesthesia options for oral surgery, please contact one of our offices in Cincinnati or Mason, OH.
Types of Anesthesia
Our practice offers several forms of anesthesia.
Local anesthesia provides a numbing effect and is administered through a needle directly to the surgical area. You will remain fully conscious, and the numbing effect will last for a few hours. Local anesthesia is often combined with other types of anesthesia.
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask and will help you feel calm and relaxed. Nitrous oxide also provides mild pain relief and can be combined with other forms of anesthesia. The effects will wear off as soon as the mask is removed.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation involves administering medications intravenously, which will render you into a semi-conscious state. Also known as twilight sedation or twilight dentistry, IV sedation will cause you to drift in and out of consciousness during surgery. You will not feel pain and will likely have no memory of the procedure after the sedation wears off.
General anesthesia will render you totally unconscious and is administered in a surgery center or hospital. This option is typically reserved for patients undergoing extensive procedures, such as jaw surgery or facial trauma treatment.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, involves the use of sedatives for dental procedures. Sedation has been used in dentistry for many years and