The prospect of oral surgery isn’t exciting for most patients. However minor the procedure, they are mostly worried about what they will feel during their time in the surgeon’s chair. When you are expecting a stressful, uncomfortable experience, it makes the anticipation worse than the actual procedure!
Don’t worry — oral surgeons are highly trained in the areas of pain and anxiety management. You are in good hands when you trust qualified professionals like the staff at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Your oral surgical team uses five main ways to help you relax during your procedure.
1. Local Anesthesia
Local anesthesia is the most basic type of pain relief — it’s injected into the area of the mouth that’s undergoing surgery in order to numb sensors and block pain. This might be your surgeon’s recommendation for the most straightforward, quickest procedures.
2. Conscious Sedation
Conscious sedation is oral pain relief and anti-anxiety medication in pill form, given a brief time before the surgery is set to begin. The medication is designed to make you feel relaxed, but also drowsy. You are likely to fall asleep while the oral surgeon is working, and you will need transportation home from the office.
3. Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas.” It’s administered through a face mask. You breathe in the medication, and it relaxes you and makes you feel sleepy.
Your oral surgeon may use nitrous oxide in combination with an oral medication. While nitrous oxide alone won’t stay in your system and allows you to drive yourself home, any combination of other medications means you need another person to handle transportation.
4. Intravenous Sedation
Sometimes oral surgeons administer sedatives through an IV. You will probably still be conscious during this type of sedation, but may fall asleep and also may not recall the details of your surgery. Additional local numbing medications may be used as well.
5. General Anesthesia
Some procedures may require the use of general anesthesia. Both oral and IV medications are used to induce unconsciousness. One key part of becoming a board-certified oral surgeon is attaining knowledge of all aspects of anesthesia. General anesthesia may be used in both hospital and clinical settings, depending on your surgical office’s facilities and resources.
Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery prides itself on being a well-rounded practice with a staff fully knowledgeable about all aspects of pain and anxiety management when it comes to oral surgery. Do you have questions about your upcoming procedure? Call us now — we are here to provide answers and help you feel confident and comfortable about your next steps.