From simple treatments to complex procedures, every patient deserves to feel safe and comfortable. At North Sound Oral & Facial Surgery, we offer several types of anesthesia to assist you during any oral surgery procedure. Dr. Brar will determine your options for anesthesia in advance of your surgery. He will make his decision on the right anesthesia option for you based on several factors, such as health history, personal preference, and type of surgical procedure.
Types of Anesthesia
We offer several types of anesthesia or sedation, including
- Local anesthesia. When local anesthesia is used, the sedative is injected directly into the site to numb the area. The patient is conscious during the procedure but cannot feel any pain associated with the surgical site. This anesthetic is often used with other types of sedation, such as nitrous oxide.
- Nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a popular option for patients who wish to feel more relaxed during their procedure. This type of sedative is inhaled and allows patients to remain conscious. It is often used with local anesthesia.
- Intravenous (IV) sedation. For wisdom teeth removal and dental implant patients, IV sedation is a common anesthetic option. The anesthetic is administered directly into a vein to allow the medicine to take effect quickly. Under IV sedation, the patient enters a relaxed and sleep-like state but is not completely unconscious. Amnesia is a common side effect of IV sedation — most patients do not recall undergoing their procedure.
- Hospital or Surgery Center-Based General Anesthesia. Complicated or extensive procedures often require general anesthesia in a surgery center or hospital setting. General anesthesia is administered by an anesthesiologist. Patients are completely unconscious during their procedure.
- Exparel. Exparel is a unique option for patients worried about taking opioid pain medication after surgery. Exparel works by decreasing or eliminating pain starting during surgery and continuing through to recovery, therefore reducing your need for post-surgery narcotics.
Anesthesia Options in Anacortes, WA
The safe administration of anesthesia requires extensive training. Oral surgeons receive years of additional training after dental school to perform the entire scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures, including anesthesia. At North Sound Oral & Facial Surgery, Dr. Brar is highly qualified to administer anesthesia safely, and his surgical staff is trained in assisting him. If you require any oral or maxillofacial surgery procedure, Dr. Brar will discuss your treatment plan and anesthesia options to provide safe and effective patient care.