Different Types of Anesthesia

No one wants to experience pain, and oral surgery, even when performed by the most skilled hands, involves incisions in your mouth. Fortunately, advances in medical technology have made anesthesia safer and more effective than ever before. The experienced oral surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery offer a comprehensive range of anesthesia options to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout your procedure. 

What are the different types of anesthesia?

Pinole Oral Surgery provides personalized anesthesia services depending on the type of procedure and other factors. 

Local anesthesia

Local anesthesia is the mildest option. In fact, you may have had local anesthesia for other dental procedures such as cavity fillings. Your surgeon applies a topical numbing agent before using a small needle to inject the local anesthetic into your gums and teeth. The medicine blocks any pain signals from traveling to your brain and usually wears off within a couple of hours. 

Conscious sedation

The oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery also offer conscious sedation. They give you a pill to take just before your procedure. The medicine makes you drowsy and puts you into a twilight state. Conscious sedation combines a sedative with an anesthetic to help you relax and block pain. 

Nitrous oxide — aka laughing gas

If your surgeon provides nitrous oxide, you wear a small mask over your nose and inhale a mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide that helps you feel relaxed and calm about your treatment. In addition to helping you feel calm and relaxed, nitrous oxide also temporarily dulls the pain receptors in your brain. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly when you stop inhaling the gas.

Intravenous (IV) sedation

IV sedation is delivered directly to your bloodstream via an IV. It acts quickly, putting you into a semiconscious state in which you can respond to your surgeon, but you won’t remember much about your appointment. IV sedation doesn’t include an analgesic, so your surgeon provides a local anesthetic at the same time to ensure your comfort. 

General anesthesia

General anesthesia combines oral and IV medicines that allow you to drift off to a comfortable state of unconsciousness. You sleep painlessly through your procedure and wake up with no memory of your appointment. 

What are the benefits of anesthesia?

Anesthesia ensures that you have a safe, comfortable experience at Pinole Oral Surgery. In addition to reducing your discomfort, anesthesia can also help you relax and reduce any stress or fears you have about oral surgery or dental treatments. Up to 15% of Americans are so afraid of the dentist that they put off even basic preventive care. At Pinole Oral Surgery, any anxiety or dental phobia fades away as the medicine takes effect. 

You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointments if you have general anesthesia, IV sedation, or conscious sedation. The medicine stays in your body for a while and can make you groggy, tired, and unable to operate heavy machinery like cars.

How do I know which type of anesthesia is right for me?

The surgeons at Pinole Oral Surgery provide thorough pre-surgical consultations and exams. They talk to you about your procedure and the different types of available anesthesia. They make recommendations and answer your questions, so you can make the best possible choice about what kind of anesthesia is right for you.

If you’re looking for an experienced oral surgeon, call Pinole Oral Surgery or schedule a consultation online today.