At MOSA Oral Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery, we strive to provide every patient with a safe and comfortable surgical experience. That’s why we offer several anesthesia options to relieve the anxiety or pain that patients often associate with treatment. During the first consultation appointment, we discuss the types of anesthesia available and help every patient determine which type of anesthesia is best for their needs and procedure.
Dr. Michael Lewis, Dr. Ryan Lloyd, and Dr. Andre LaMothe have undergone extensive training in the safe administration of anesthesia. They worked alongside licensed anesthesiologists and learned how to administer anesthesia safely and monitor patients under sedation during their four-year oral and maxillofacial surgical residency program. During your first visit to our office in Monterey, Salinas, or Santa Cruz, we will discuss all of your options and help you select the right type of anesthesia for your needs.
Types of Anesthesia
Selecting the right anesthesia option for treatment is an important decision, and we make every effort to keep patients informed of their options. Below, we have listed the types of anesthesia most commonly used in oral surgery.
Local Anesthesia is one of the most common forms of anesthesia. Dentists use local anesthesia often in routine dental work, such as fillings. This method numbs the entire surgical area, allowing patients to remain awake during surgery without feeling a thing.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation, also called laughing gas, may be recommended to ease anxiety, and relax the patient before the treatment. It is most commonly used in coordination with local anesthesia or IV sedation. Our oral surgeons administer nitrous oxide through a breathing apparatus.
IV Sedation is a preferred anesthesia technique for many surgeries because it puts the patient into a sleep-like state until the procedure is over. Most patients don’t realize the surgery has even started when they wake up at the end of treatment. We may recommend IV sedation for routine procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal and dental implant placement. Those who undergo IV sedation must adhere to strict pre-operative instructions in preparation and must have a responsible adult drive them to and from our office.
General Anesthesia is necessary for patients undergoing complex procedures performed in hospitals or surgical centers. General anesthesia puts patients into a deep sleep while our oral surgeons perform corrective jaw surgery, facial reconstructive surgery, and other more involved operations.
Our practice offers EXPAREL® for post-operative discomfort. Watch the video to learn more.
Anesthesia Options in Monterey, Salinas, and Santa Cruz, CA
When you visit MOSA Oral Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery, we will review all your anesthesia options during your first visit. Your comfort is incredibly important to us, and we will take your preferences into account when designing your treatment plan. Contact us in Monterey, Salinas, or Santa Cruz, CA, to learn more about anesthesia options or to schedule an appointment.