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 five 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.
Exparel® for Powerful Pain Control After Surgery
The rate of addiction and overdose deaths related to prescribed opioid-based medications is steadily rising in the United States, and the team at Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is committed to helping solve this problem. We provide the highest level of patient-centered care at our practice, and to reflect this, our oral surgeons offer Exparel in our surgical treatment plans. You may have heard of Exparel — it’s receiving quite a bit of attention as a trusted and powerful opioid-free pain management medication for use in oral surgeries. Exparel is administered by your oral surgeon directly to your surgical site while you are still under anesthesia, where it then safely reduces your post-surgical pain for three to four days after your procedure. The widespread use of Exparel in the oral surgery community is effectively heading off opioid misuse, addiction, and side effects before they have a chance to begin.
If you decide to choose Exparel as part of your surgical treatment plan, you will experience the following benefits:
- There is no risk of opioid dependence and withdrawal because Exparel is not a narcotic medication.
- Patients can postpone or even eliminate the need to fill prescription narcotic pain medications to manage post-surgical discomfort.
- There is no gap in pain control after surgery because one dose of this sustained-release medication applied during your surgery will already be controlling any post-operative discomfort before your anesthesia wears off.
There are many reasons why Exparel is quickly becoming the preferred method of post-operative pain management for oral surgeons. Our practice uses Exparel because we want to protect our patients from the risks and side effects of narcotic prescriptions, and we also want to help our patients experience the smoothest recoveries possible with the least amount of discomfort. Exparel delivers on these points, and we will be happy to discuss if Exparel is the ideal choice for your treatment plan when you come in to see us for your consultation.
Exparel in Auburn, Federal Way, Renton, Maple Valley, and Puyallup, WA
With Exparel on board for the recovery period after your oral surgery procedure, you will experience powerful relief from post-surgical discomfort without the need for opioid-based narcotic pain medications. For more information about Exparel or to schedule your consultation with our doctors, please contact any of our Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons practice locations today.