There are many forms of anesthesia that we offer at our office in Lubbock, TX, to make sure your dental procedures are as comfortable as possible. Our oral surgeons offer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation with local anesthesia, IV anesthesia, and general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia that Dr. Steven J. Hill or Dr. Robert B. Ioppolo will administer to you depends on your overall health, your preferences, and which specific oral surgery is being performed.
Oral surgeons receive extensive training in anesthesia administration, allowing them to deliver the safest procedure possible.
Types of Anesthesia
Local anesthesia completely numbs the surgical site to prevent any pain during your dental treatment. If you decide with one of our oral surgeons that local anesthesia is appropriate, you will remain awake and aware during the procedure. If you receive local anesthesia alone, you can drive yourself home after the treatment.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is typically administered in combination with local anesthesia to make a patient more comfortable. With nitrous oxide and/or local anesthesia, you will stay conscious during the entire treatment and feel more relaxed. A breathing apparatus delivers the nitrous oxide before the oral surgeon performs the operation.
IV sedation allows a patient to enter a sleep-like state during the oral surgery, and patients will wake up with no recollection of the treatment. This form of anesthesia requires a patient not to eat for at least eight hours before your operation. You will not be able to drive for 24 hours after your procedure, so plan to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
General Anesthesia is normally only given to patients who are experiencing a more serious hospital-based surgical procedure. This type of anesthesia allows your surgeon to conduct your operation while you are fully unconscious. You will regain consciousness once the treatment is completed. Just like IV sedation, general anesthesia is only administered to patients who have no food or drink for a minimum of eight hours before surgery.
Anesthesia for Oral Surgery in Lubbock, TX
When you come to Hill & Ioppolo Oral and Facial Surgeons of Lubbock, your surgeon will be happy to review your anesthesia options with you before your procedure. Our oral surgeons are highly qualified to administer anesthesia for patients of all ages. To learn more about our practice or the services we offer, give our office a call. One of our staff members will be happy to assist you.