There are several ways we prepare you for your procedure. We will discuss each option during your initial consultation so you are aware of your options and condition following surgery.
Intravenous (IV) Anesthesia
IV medications are given to produce a semiconscious or unconscious state. You will only be aware of the injection in your arm to administer the IV. The numbing injections and surgery are accomplished after you are asleep. We recommend our wisdom tooth and multiple tooth extraction patients select this type of sedation. However, nearly anyone can select this type of sedation for any procedure we perform if they have anxiety.
Prior to your surgery, if you select this type of sedation, you will be required to fast 8 hours before your procedure. Following the surgery, you should plan to rest at home for the remainder of the day, and you will require a ride home from the office.
Nitrous Oxide and Local Anesthesia
Nitrous Oxide (also referred to as laughing gas) is administered to put you in a relaxed, awake state. Once the nitrous oxide gas is administered the local anesthetic is giving to numb the surgical areas of the mouth. Nitrous oxide can help nervous individuals feel much more relaxed during the procedure. It can, however, create a feeling of disorientation at the time of surgery. The effects are gone very quickly after the procedure is complete.
It is not necessary to change your eating habits before your appointment unless you are instructed otherwise. You may also be able to drive yourself home after the procedure and the effects of the gas have worn off.
Local anesthesia is often recommended for less invasive procedures, such as a one tooth dental implant. First, you are given a topical numbing gel that is rubbed on the surgical site and then the numbing (local anesthesia) injection is given to the surgical area. The loss of feeling will typically last anywhere from 1 to 8 hours, depending on the type of local anesthesia used.
It is not necessary to change your eating habits before your appointment. You may drive yourself after the procedure is completed unless told otherwise by the doctor. Please take any prescription medications as you normally would. If you are pregnant, local anesthesia is recommended.