At Westwood Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we want you to have a successful and pleasant surgical experience at our practice. To ensure your comfort during the procedure, we offer many different types of anesthesia and sedation options. Drs. Seeger, Gleason, and Inverso will walk you through your options during your consultation and help you choose the right type of anesthesia or sedation for you.
We know many patients tend to feel nervous about surgery. At our practice, we make sure our patients are comfortable and confident about their treatment every step of the way. Anesthesia and sedation can also help patients feel at ease during their treatment.
Types of Anesthesia
At Westwood Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we offer several types of anesthesia and sedation options.
Local anesthesia is administered directly to the surgical site with a syringe. This will numb the area for several hours. Local anesthesia can be used either by itself or combined with a different type of anesthesia to further ensure comfort. With local anesthesia, patients remain fully conscious and will experience no pain.
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a sedation method that is administered by inhaling through a mask. Patients feel relaxed and remain conscious during the procedure. Nitrous oxide is commonly combined with local anesthesia. Once the mask is removed, the effects of the nitrous oxide will wear off within a few minutes.
IV sedation is an anesthetic that is given to a patient directly in their vein. This type of sedation acts quickly and puts the patient into a semi-conscious state. The patient will feel no pain during the procedure and will be able to respond to the surgeon's instructions or questions while under IV sedation.
In the event of a complex surgery performed in the operating room, general anesthesia will be used. This type of anesthesia will make the patient completely unconscious during their treatment.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
We want all of our patients to receive the medical care they need and feel comfortable during every aspect of their treatment. Sedation dentistry gives patients reduced anxiousness associated with surgery and gives them the proper care they need.
Sedation dentistry can help patients who experience:
- General anxiety
- Low pain threshold
- Strong gag reflex
- Fear of needles
- Difficulty sitting still
- Tooth sensitivity
At Westwood Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we strive to give patients the care they need and set high standards to ensure your comfort at our practice. We will further discuss your options for anesthesia and sedation during your first visit at our offices in Woodbury Heights and Pennsville, NJ.
Do Oral Surgeons Perform Sedation?
Yes! Oral surgeons are qualified as the only dental professionals who receive the training and qualifications necessary to administer all types of anesthesia. During their residency, oral surgeons receive in-depth training to be able to administer anesthesia safely.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
At our practice, your health and safety are the highest priority. Our doctors are board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons who have extensive experience in administering all types of anesthesia. At your first consultation, your surgeon will review your medical history to make sure the anesthesia choice is the safest option for you.
How to Prepare for Anesthesia
Prior to your procedure, our team will provide you with detailed instructions to ensure you are fully prepared. Do not hesitate to give our office a call if you have any questions about your pre-operative instructions.
We look forward to providing you and your loved ones with exceptional care. Learn more about our practice and the services we offer.