Dental Sedation and Anesthesia
Different Sedation Options For Different Issues
Depending on the procedure that you are undergoing and the reasoning behind your sedation, we offer several different kinds of sedation and anesthesia. Remember, at Pacific Maxillofacial Center we are licensed to administer all forms of sedation and anesthesia listed below.
This is probably something you are already familiar with. Local anesthesia is usually a numbing agent like "Novocaine" that disrupts your ability to feel in the areas that we are working on. We place a topical agent on the skin to pre-numb the site before we apply the injection, so maximum comfort is ensured. This does not impair the patient and will wear off after several hours. This is usually used for every procedure that could otherwise cause discomfort regardless of the sedation level.
Otherwise known as "laughing gas" because of it's obvious effect on the patient, nitrous oxide does an excellent job of relaxing you. When a patient struggles with nerves, this is a perfect way to offer them a light form of sedation that works fast. The best part of nitrous oxide is that we can sober the patient very quickly once the procedure is finished by applying more oxygen to the breathing mask. If you can't find a family member or friend to drive you home, this is your best option.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is a form of moderate sedation. With this type of sedation, you are kept conscious, but you are put in a drowsy state. Oral conscious sedation involves taking medication by mouth about an hour before your appointment. The effects of the sedation can linger for several hours after your procedure is over, so you will need to have a driver to take you home.
A deeper form of sedation than nitrous oxide, IV sedation offers a way for our patients to respond to us while we perform the procedure. Many patients report not remembering the procedure when under IV sedation. We place an IV on you, and you don't feel a thing.
Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia
This is the deepest level of sedation that we offer. When general anesthesia is applied there will be no recollection of the procedure. Many patients prefer to be "asleep" during their procedure, and this offers exactly that experience.
Prior To Your Procedure
Make sure to let us know ahead of your procedure that you would like a particular variety of sedation. We will ask about any medications that you are taking as well as any allergies that you might have.
The Day of The Procedure
When the day of your procedure arrives there are a few things to keep in mind. If you are receiving IV sedation or deep/general anesthesia, you will need to bring a friend or family member along to drive you home. The effect of these options can take several hours to dissipate, during which time it will not be safe for you to operate a vehicle.
If you are feeling anxious about a procedure just let us know, and we will consult you on the best sedation options. Call us today at 808-585-8455 to schedule your appointment.