At Tahoe Oral Surgery and Implant Center, we do all we can to ensure that you have the most comfortable experience possible during wisdom tooth extraction and other oral surgery procedures. Therefore, we take utmost care to select the right method of anesthesia for you and your particular procedure during the procedure planning process.
Both of us (Dr. Martin and Dr. Appelblatt) have years of hospital residency, extensive trainings, and thorough experience with dental applications of anesthesia and sedation.
For your reference, here is a list of some common anesthesia types:
- Local anesthesia, “novocaine”, is used during most dental procedures. Local anesthetics are block the conduction of pain sensation down neurons by a topically applied or injected agent. This type of anesthesia does not depress your level of consciousness.
- Inhaled Sedation: Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option we can offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures.
- Conscious (Oral) Sedation is a combination of medicines to help you relax (a sedative) and to block pain (an anesthetic) during a dental procedure. You will probably stay awake but may not be able to speak.
- IV Sedation: For many procedures, we’ll recommend the use of IV Sedation Anesthesia. During IV sedation, you gently drift into a comfortable sleep, where you will remain for the duration of the procedure. During this period, your airway (breathing) reflexes remain intact, and you continue to breath calmly and naturally. When you awake, the procedure is complete. Each medication has a different half-life, meaning that the effects last for varying amounts of time. The estimated length of the procedure determines which type of drug is going to be most effective. Since each drug has different sedative properties and timelines for different procedures, we’ll assign an appropriate medication during your consultation.
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"Twilight Sleep" or "Conscious Sedation"
Throughout the procedure, your comfort and safety are always our top priority. If you have any questions or concerns about the type of anesthesia that will be administered during your procedure, please do not hesitate to discuss them with us during your visit.