Williams & Williams Facial and Oral Surgery offers several different types of Anesthesia from Local Anesthesia to IV Sedation. At your consultation appointment all of the options for anesthesia will be discussed with you so that you can decide which level of anesthesia works best for you. Below is are detail on the different levels of anesthesia that we offer to our patients.
With Local anesthesia patients remain fully conscious throughout their procedure. A local anesthetic (e.g. lidocaine) is administered in the area where the surgery is to be performed. Local anesthetic is used in conjunction with the other methods of anesthesia in all oral surgery procedures.
This is a controlled mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen that patients breathe through a mask placed over your nose. Nitrous Oxide allows you to feel relaxed and less nervous during the treatment
Nitrous oxide/oxygen may be used in combination with a single enteral drug such as a sedative in minimal sedation. Nitrous oxide/oxygen when used in combination with sedative agent(s) may produce minimal, moderate, deep sedation or general anesthesia.
IV Sedation/ Conscious Sedation
IV sedation works by administering sedatives intravenously in order to work quickly. Patients are conscious and capable of responding to your Doctor’s visual signals; however, you may not remember much about your appointment.
IV General Anesthesia
This is a Moderate to Deep Sedation in which sedative drugs are administered intravenously and provide full and unconscious sedation for the patient’s comfort.