Sedation Oral SurgerySanta Maria, CA
Sedation oral surgery can help soothe patients' fears by allowing them to relax in the surgeon's chair. Too often, dental anxiety prevents patients from getting the dental treatment they need. There are several different kinds of sedation used during oral surgery. Some patients may find they benefit from more intensive types. Sedation oral surgery uses medication to ease patients' concerns.
Sedation oral surgery is available at Wilson Oral Surgery in Santa Maria and the surrounding area. For many patients, sedation may make oral surgery a more comfortable and less daunting process. Call us today at 805-910-1213 to schedule an appointment.
Understanding Sedation Oral Surgery
We can use sedation at almost all levels of dentistry, no matter how "minor" or invasive the procedure may be. There are many different levels of sedation that we will consider depending on a patient’s needs and degree of fear, including:
- Minimal Sedation. Patients under minimal sedation remain awake for the procedure but take a relaxing sedative.
- Moderate Sedation. Patients under moderate sedation also remain awake for the procedure but take a more potent sedative that may cause them to slur their words or forget much of the procedure. This is also known as conscious sedation.
- Deep Sedation. Patients under deep sedation take a sedative that puts them on the edge of consciousness. However, this does not prevent patients from being awakened during this time.
- General Anesthesia. Patients under general anesthesia take a sedative that renders them completely unconscious for the entire procedure.
Types of Sedation
According to the American Dental Association, patients can have sedation administered in many different ways, including inhaled gases, ingested pills, and intravenous medications. Local, topical, and injectable anesthetics may also be used, depending on the situation.
Patients undergoing minimal sedation may choose to either receive a steady stream of nitrous oxide (also known as "laughing gas") or opt for a form of oral administration (typically a pill). Those who choose oral administration will typically take a pill an hour in advance of the procedure. This will make them drowsy without putting them to sleep. When an oral surgeon administers minimal sedation, on the other hand, the patient receives a steady stream of nitrous oxide (also known as "laughing gas") and oxygen through a mask placed over the nose. The surgeon can control the amount of gas received. This type of sedation usually wears off fairly quickly, and some patients may even be able to drive themselves home after.
Oral administration is also available for patients who want moderate sedation. Typically, this will involve the surgeon administering a greater dose. Patients may also choose to opt for intravenous (IV) moderate sedation. This method is fast-acting and allows the surgeon to adjust the level of sedation continually throughout the procedure.
Finally, deep sedation and general anesthesia can render the patient either almost or entirely unconscious for the whole procedure. These medications are typically a combination of IV drugs and inhaled gases. With few exceptions, a patient under deep sedation and general anesthesia will remain asleep throughout the entire procedure until the surgeon intentionally reverses the effects or the drugs wear off.
Preparing for Sedation Oral Surgery
With few exceptions, patients who want to undergo sedation during their oral surgery must make an initial consultation appointment with our team. They should not eat or drink anything for six hours before surgery, including gum or breath mints. If patients must take any medication, they should do so with the smallest amount of water possible. Water intake should not exceed two ounces on the day of surgery.
Patients should notify the office immediately if they have any signs of illness. They should not smoke on the day of surgery or drink alcohol the night before. Additionally, patients should remove any fingernail polish, contact lenses, and facial and oral piercings before the operation.
Patients should wear loose, comfortable clothing with short sleeves and low-heeled shoes on the day of the operation and arrange for a trusted adult to drive them to and from their appointment. The driver will be required to stay for the length of the procedure (usually approximately 90 minutes). Any minors present must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and will also be required to stay. Do not drive or operate any machinery for 24 hours following anesthesia.
Learn More Today
If you find the prospect of oral surgery daunting, then sedation may be right for you. Our team at Wilson Oral Surgery may be able to help. Call us today at 805-910-1213 to make an appointment.
Frequently Asked QuestionsIs sedation oral surgery safe?
There are always some risks that come with getting anesthesia. However, sedation oral surgery is generally safe, and choosing the right surgeon can help minimize the chances of having anything go wrong. Be open and honest about your medical history, as some patients may be more at risk for complications than others.
Is sedation oral surgery right for me?
For some more involved oral surgeries, sedation is absolutely necessary. Still, several patients may benefit from opting for sedation during their procedure. These include those who are unable to sit still in the surgeon's chair, have a bad gag reflex, have a low threshold for pain, have sensitive teeth, or require a large amount of dental work to be completed in one procedure.
Who can perform sedation oral surgery?
Many general dentists can administer minimal forms of sedation, such as nitrous oxide gas or pills. However, deep sedation and general anesthesia can only be performed by those who have completed the Commission on Dental Accreditation's corresponding program. Our qualified team can conduct whatever levels of sedation are appropriate for you.
What is it like to recover from anesthesia?
The answer to this varies on a case-by-case basis and the type of sedation used. Generally, you should eat a nutritious meal to restore your energy once you are home, and you should expect to be able to return to your normal activities by the next day. Still, you should refrain from driving, operating machinery, or drinking alcohol for the next 24 hours. Consult with your oral surgeon to learn more about your recovery plan.
What is the difference between sedation and anesthesia?
Sedatives help you relax, while anesthetics block pain. Surgeons often use both together to allow patients to have the most comfortable surgical experience possible.
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