The type of anesthesia that is best for your procedure will depend on a number of factors, including the type of procedure, your medical history, and your comfort level with dental procedures. Our surgeons have the highest licensure and training of any dental professional to administer anesthesia. Oral surgeons are trained to administer all forms of outpatient anesthesia. Below are descriptions of the different types of anesthesia we offer at our practice. In many cases, a combination of two or more forms of anesthesia is the best for your procedure.
Types of Anesthesia
Nitrous Oxide. Sometimes called laughing gas, nitrous oxide can be administered through a breathing apparatus to reduce anxiety and relax patients before a procedure. Some patients who are especially nervous about their dental procedures may receive nitrous oxide.
Local Anesthesia. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area of surgery, allowing the patient to feel no pain during the procedure. Local anesthesia alone will allow you to remain conscious throughout the procedure.
IV Sedation (Intravenous Sedation). IV sedation puts the patient into a deep sleep-like state throughout the procedure. Wisdom teeth removals and other procedures are typically performed under IV sedation.
General Anesthesia. General anesthesia is usually performed in hospitals for very serious procedures, such as facial injuries or reconstructive surgeries.
Anesthesia at Amarillo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Our oral surgeons are all trained and qualified to administer outpatient anesthesia, and our office is fitted with the most reliable monitoring equipment to ensure your safety. Your oral surgeon will review all of your anesthesia options during your pre-surgery appointment, and you will have a chance to discuss all of your pre-operative instructions and any other questions you have with your doctor.
If you have any questions about your anesthesia options at our practice, contact us for more information.