Different Types of Anesthesia

There isn’t a person on the planet that wants to undergo significant pain as a direct result of oral surgery.

Thankfully though, when you have your oral surgery performed by the experts here at San Jose Oral Surgery you won’t have to worry about those issues.

Our talented, experienced, and impeccably trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons know exactly how to eliminate as much pain as possible from these procedures – all while leveraging top-tier anesthesia and sedation solutions to guarantee that you have as pain-free a process as possible.

Below we break down just some of the most common types of anesthesia and sedation solutions we here at San Jose Oral Surgery provide.

Different Types of Anesthesia and Sedation Available

Local Anesthesia

The mildest of all the anesthetic options we provide, the odds are pretty good that you have had experience with local anesthesia in the past – particularly if you’ve had a cavity filled. This is where a topical numbing agent is applied to your teeth and your gums, blocking pain signals completely and then wearing off after a few hours.

Conscious Sedation

Our conscious sedation solutions here at San Jose Oral Surgery provide you with a simple pill you take shortly before your procedure. This pill will help you enter a drowsy, sort of twilight state that provides you with a lot of peace of mind, a lot of ease, and a lot of relaxation without actually helping you to slip off to unconsciousness. This pathway is part sedative and part anesthetic to both help you relax and to help you block pain completely.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Laughing gas is inhaled through a small mask that will be placed over your nose, helping you to feel almost instantly relaxed, calm, and totally free of nerves and anxiety. On top of that, this nitrous oxide approach here at San Jose Oral Surgery also works to dull the pain receptors in your brain while wearing off pretty quickly as soon as you stop inhaling it.

Intravenous Sedation

IV sedation solutions available at San Jose Oral Surgery works very quickly, putting you into a semi-conscious state that allows you to respond to your surgeon – even though you won’t have a lot of firm or concrete memories of the experience. This particular form of sedation does not include any analgesic properties so it’s likely that it’ll be combined with a local anesthetic to guarantee that you’re as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is going to help shuffle you off to a very comfortable and relaxing state of unconsciousness, helping you to sleep completely painlessly throughout the entirety of the procedure. You’ll wake up with zero memory of the appointment at all and won’t have to worry about pain whatsoever.

Anesthesia and San Jose Oral Surgery Services

We work closely with each and every client here at San Jose Oral Surgery to find the right anesthesia and sedation solutions for their particular needs.

We recognize that upwards of 15% of all Americans get so nervous about a visit to the dentist that it could be classified as a phobia. We want to make sure that our clients are at peace, relaxed, and unworried about the services we provide and offer our anesthesia and sedation solutions to help make that possible.

After going through our presurgical consultations and examinations you’ll be asked about whether or not you like to consider anesthesia or sedation. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons will help you find the right solutions available for your specific procedure and your needs, while also considering your overall medical history and anything else that might influence this decision.

For more details, contact us here at San Jose Oral Surgery directly.