When people begin thinking about anesthesia for surgery, they often have some concerns and fears, wondering if something could go wrong. The purpose of anesthesia, of course, is to alleviate the anxiety and discomfort associated with difficult procedures. What’s more, the anesthetics that are used today, along with the monitoring systems used in our out-patient facility, make the whole procedure safe, comfortable, and effective.
Last year, our doctors administered over 2500 IV anesthetics for surgical procedures in our outpatient surgical facility, and we even have an anesthesiologist on staff to supervise and assist with long or complex procedures. We believe our excellent record over the past 30 years speaks for itself, and our safe and professional treatment has brought many patients back for return visits. Frequently, we even see patients we treated over 20 years ago bringing their children for treatment, and soon it will be their grandchildren. If you have had difficulty with anesthesia in the past or have other special concerns, please let us know so that we can make special provisions for you.
Local anesthesia has been used in dentistry and medicine for years, the common anesthetics today being Xylocaine, Carbocaine, Septocaine, Cytenest, and Marcaine. Each local anesthetic is slightly different. For instance, Carbocaine is a much shorter acting anesthetic than Marcaine, and Septocaine takes effect more rapidly than Xylocaine. Novocain was one of the first common local anesthetics, and many patients still refer to any dental injections as “Novocaine,” even though it is seldom used today. Because of our experience and training, we can choose the local anesthetic that is most appropriate for your procedure and medical history.
A combination of intravenous anesthesia and local anesthesia has proven to be the safest and most effective method for the majority of our surgical procedures. When intravenous anesthesia is used, local anesthetic injections are given after you are asleep so that you can be comfortable both during and after your procedure.
When only local anesthesia is given for a procedure, a topical anesthesia in the form of a flavored gel can be used to make this injection as painless as possible by “numbing the gum in the area where the anesthetic is needed.”
Anesthesiologist on Staff:
For major surgery, we have a staff anesthesiologist who assists us with the anesthetic management. Our staff is very reliable and experienced in terms of anesthesia.
Pre-Treatment Checklist for IV Anesthesia:
- Do not eat or drink anything, including water, for at least 6 hours prior to your procedure. The morning of the surgery, you may take most medications you would normally take with a small sip of water.
- Come accompanied by someone who will remain in our office for the entire procedure. They must be able to drive you home and stay with you until you are recovered from the anesthesia.
- Wear a short-sleeved shirt or blouse and low-heeled shoes.
- Keep facial make-up to a minimum.
- Remove contact lenses prior to anesthesia.
Anesthesia for Children:
We are committed to making your child’s oral surgery experience a good one–and stress-free for you. Giving your child a mild sedative prior to his/her appointment can make a world of difference. When you call for an appointment, please ask about pre-medication for your child.