Many people prefer to be sedated or asleep during their treatment. The surgical team at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons wants every patient to feel as comfortable as possible during their procedure and offer various forms of anesthesia in our offices. During your consultation, we will review your health history and help you make an informed decision on which anesthesia option will make you the most comfortable during your time in the office. The method suggested may vary based on your preference and the nature of the surgical procedure.
What kind of anesthesia do you provide?
A local anesthetic is administered in the area that the surgery is performed and can be used in conjunction with other anesthetic options, such as nitrous oxide.
General anesthesia techniques are a wonderful way to have an enjoyable experience in our office. We use the most modern techniques and medications. You will fall asleep quickly and wake up quickly without the extended drowsiness or nausea commonly experienced with general anesthesia in the past. We match your anesthetic duration to your procedure so that you can have a quick recovery in the office and head to the comfort of your home.
Dr. Lieblick and Dr. Rehrer are extensively trained in pediatric anesthesia and are Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified for your child’s safety. Is your child fearful of their procedure? We incorporate techniques for anesthesia induction that requires NO NEEDLES! After your child is comfortably asleep, we obtain an IV that your child will never see or feel. A positive experience in this way will help develop your child’s confidence in healthcare procedures that can last a lifetime.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation is administered through an intravenous line and allows you to fall completely asleep throughout the procedure. This option allows for varying degrees of anesthetic depth tailored to your needs. IV anesthesia is commonly used to facilitate surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, bone grafting, and many other surgical procedures. This anesthetic option can also be utilized when patients experience a high level of anxiety.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation is also known as “laughing gas” and is commonly utilized when patients would like assistance in relaxing before the procedure. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is administered to you to help keep you comfortable.
Hospital or Surgery Center-Based General Anesthesia
If you undergo an extensive procedure, such as facial trauma surgery or jaw reconstruction, you may undergo general anesthesia in a hospital or surgery center, which is administered by an anesthesiologist.
Can my oral surgeon administer anesthesia?
Yes! All oral surgeons must undergo extensive training and gain valuable experience in the medical field performing anesthesia as part of their residency training before they go into oral surgery practice. This training and hands-on experience include the administration of operating room anesthesia in hospitals, as well as in-office anesthesia in specialty facilities. They have received the highest level of licensure for dental practitioners to perform anesthesia, which allows them to perform deep sleep or general anesthesia.
Exparel® for Post-Operative Pain Relief
At Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, our top priority is providing each patient with the best and most comfortable surgical experience. This means staying on the forefront of technology and alternative treatments, such as non-narcotic alternatives to pain relief. In addition to providing in-office sedation for your comfort, we are also proud to offer a solution for your post-operative pain: Exparel. Exparel is a non-opioid medication that patients can receive to control any discomfort they may have after their procedure at our office. Exparel offers several benefits:
- Exparel has proven to be highly effective for extended periods, making the need for patients to fill prescription medications virtually non-existent.
- Exparel does not contain narcotics, which means there is no risk of dependence or other negative side effects commonly associated with prescription narcotics.
In addition to the above benefits, we find that our patients rest more comfortably during the post-operative recovery process.
How does Exparel work?
Choosing Exparel for your treatment is easy and will help you feel comfortable as soon as your treatment is complete. After you have discussed and chosen Exparel at your consultation, your oral surgeon will know to administer the medication to the surgical site at the end of your procedure. The effects are immediate and will last several days, helping you avoid discomfort. By the time the effects have worn off, you should have little to no need for additional pain medication.
If you are interested in finding out if Exparel can be used as a part of your treatment plan, please contact our office. We would be happy to discuss all of your treatment options during your consultation to ensure that you have an exceptional surgical experience with our team.