Ensuring the Comfort of Our Patients
At Southern Oral & Facial Surgery in Franklin, TN, and Thompson’s Station, TN, we understand that many patients feel anxious before their surgical procedure. Drs. Clark, Young, Lewallen, Strait, and Lotesto, and our surgical staff want to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible for your procedure, which is why we offer many options for sedation when you undergo any oral surgical procedure with us. The type of anesthesia you receive will be specific to your overall health and personal needs.
Types of Anesthesia
There are several anesthesia options available so patients can feel comfortable and at ease during treatment.
A local anesthetic is administered in the specific surgical area and can be used in conjunction with other anesthetic options, such as nitrous oxide. The patient remains awake and only the surgical area is numbed, so the patient can still drive home after.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered through a mask when patients experience anxiety before the procedure. It provides mild pain-relieving effects and induces a relaxed state. Your surgeon can pair laughing gas with local anesthesia.
IV sedation renders a sleep-like state in which patients do not feel pain. This is commonly used in dental implant placement and the removal of wisdom teeth. General anesthesia, which renders the patient unconscious, is reserved for complex procedures, such as facial trauma or jaw surgery.
Oral surgeons are required to complete extensive training and gain specific experience in the medical field performing anesthesia before administering anesthesia at their oral surgery practice. This training and hands-on experience include administering anesthesia in hospital operating rooms as well as in-office anesthesia in specialty facilities. Oral surgeons undergo the highest level of licensure for dental practitioners, which qualifies them to safely administer anesthesia while monitoring patient health during surgery. Our oral surgeons also have Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) & Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications from the American Heart Association.
To further ensure the safety and care of our patients, every surgeon at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery is board-certified or board-eligible by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).
Anesthesia for Oral Surgery in Franklin and Thompson’s Station, TN
We understand the anxiety that comes with any type of surgical procedure. Our team of specialists are here to listen and help you feel comfortable while under our care. To learn more about your options for anesthesia and sedation, or to schedule a consultation with one of our expert oral surgeons, please contact our office in Franklin or Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, today. We look forward to providing you with superior care and improving your oral health.