Everything You Should Know About Sedation & Anesthesia for Oral Surgery

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If you’ve got some sort of oral surgery scheduled, such as a wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant placement, or facial reconstruction, there’s a good chance you’ll be under IV sedation or even general anesthesia. For some of us, that induces anxiety while, for others, it brings a level of comfort, knowing we’ll be relaxed and possibly asleep during the procedure. It’s normal to have questions regarding anesthesia. That’s why we’ve created this guide: to help you understand how it works so that your fears and concerns are put to rest.

What is IV sedation?

IV sedation is also called twilight sleep, and it is a medically induced state of relaxation that allows you to sleep during the procedure. As per its name, the medication is received via an IV which allows it to enter your bloodstream quickly and permits your oral surgeon to monitor treatment levels throughout the surgery.

What is general anesthesia?

General anesthesia is also administered through an IV, but it paralyzes the patient’s muscles so that a machine takes over your breathing are you are almost or completely unconscious. Because you are in such a deep sleep, it takes a while to come out of it, slowly as the medication wears off. Highly effective, small doses are very safe.

What are the benefits of IV sedation/anesthesia?

In addition to making a patient comfortable and relieving their anxiety during surgery, creating IV access allows the oral surgeon the ability to provide medications that are effective after surgery as well, such as those that prevent nausea and swelling and others that provide long-term pain relief.

Is IV sedation and general anesthesia safe?

Thanks to today’s modern advancements in medicine and oral surgery, IV sedation and general anesthesia are extremely safe with very few risks. Before your surgery, your oral surgeon performs a complete evaluation of your health history and makes any necessary accommodations. Risks can vary from person to person, depending on your blood pressure, heart health, and weight. This pre-op consultation includes an assessment of any risks there may be and if there’s a need for medical clearance by your physician.

5 Ways to Prepare for Oral Surgery

  1. You will need a ride home. We will not begin your surgery until we know that you are accompanied by a responsible adult who can drive you home. This person will also be present to review post-op instructions.
  2. Do not eat after 12pm the night before your surgery. Certain food and drink can interfere with the anesthesia and lead to nausea.
  3. Wear loose-fitting clothing to ensure your comfort and to allow us access to administering the IV and any other monitoring equipment.
  4. Avoid jewelry, makeup, and nail polish on the day of surgery.
  5. Inform us of any illness, including colds and sore throats, before surgery. We are continuing to follow all safety precautions and are happy to reschedule your procedure at your earliest convenience.

Have more questions?

Top Oral Surgeon in Flushing NY Paul Chin-Fan Li, DDS, MD would be happy to answer your questions. Schedule a consultation with us today.

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