At Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, your comfort and safety as a patient are our top priorities. To become oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Rick Edwards, Dr. Carl Johnson, Dr. Ben Johnson, and Dr. Michael Johnson underwent extensive training in the safe administration of anesthesia. In fact, oral surgeons must obtain the highest licensure available to dental professionals for anesthesia administration. There is a broad range of anesthesia options available today, and our surgeons have years of experience administering in-office sedation. Additionally, our surgical suites at all four of our locations are equipped with the most advanced monitoring equipment to ensure your safety.
During your initial consultation appointment, your surgeon will help you choose the right anesthesia option for your particular condition. Usually, a combination of two or more of the following anesthetic options will produce the best results.
Local anesthesia numbs the area of surgery and prevents patients from feeling any pain during their procedure. Minor dental procedures only require local anesthesia. If you only receive local anesthesia, you will be awake throughout the procedure, and you will be able to drive yourself home after the appointment.
Nitrous Oxide Gas
Nitrous oxide gas (also known as laughing gas) can be used in conjunction with other forms of anesthesia to relieve anxiety. It also acts as a mild pain reliever.
IV Sedation (General Anesthesia)
Many of the procedures we offer can be performed using IV sedation. IV sedation allows patients to sleep comfortably throughout their procedure. If you undergo IV sedation, you will not be conscious during the procedure, and you will need a ride home when your procedure is over. It is also critical that you refrain from eating or drinking for six hours before surgery. Your oral surgeon will go over all pre- and post-operative instructions with you before your surgery.
Whether you need your wisdom teeth removed, multiple dental extractions, dental implant placements, corrective jaw surgery, or other oral surgery services, we will do our best to make you as comfortable as possible during your procedure. If you have any questions about the anesthesia options available at our practice, contact one of our offices today for more information.