Before undergoing a procedure in the office, we will discuss your anesthesia options that will allow you to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. This discussion will include the patient’s medical history, type of procedure to be performed and the preference of the patient. Below are the typical options available:
• Local anesthesia: A local anesthetic is used to numb the area where the procedure will take place.
• General anesthesia: General anesthesia will induce sleep through the administration of IV medications. This type of anesthesia offers the most pleasant experience and is our most common request and technique, even for removal of a single tooth. A general anesthetic will allow you to sleep, leaving you no memory of the procedure. A local anesthetic will also be administered at the procedure site allowing you to awake pain free and comfortable. In many cases patients are surprised that “it’s done already?!?!”
• IV Sedation: Often referred to as “twilight sleep,” IV sedation is similar to general anesthesia. Anxiety and fears are addressed with IV medications. However, there is no loss of consciousness. While you remain comfortable throughout the procedure, you may (or may not) have memory of the procedure.
• Inhalation Anesthesia: This adjunct anesthesia technique is often used for our younger patients. Anesthetic gases are appropriately mixed with oxygen to make the patient sleepy. At the correct time, an IV is usually started as the anesthesia moves into an IV sedation or General Anesthesia. This makes the experience quite easy for our young patients. Upon awakening, their entire experience was comfortable and “Needle-free.”
You may also visit AAOMS website for information at www.aaoms.org/anesthesia_info.php