At Southern Oral & Facial Surgery in Franklin, TN, and Thompson’s Station, TN, we understand that many patients feel anxious before their surgical procedure. Feeling nervous is completely normal! Dr. Clark, Dr. Young, Dr. Lewallen, and their entire 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.
A local anesthetic is administered in the specific surgical area and can be used in conjunction with other anesthetic options, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is commonly administered through a nasal breathing apparatus when patients experience anxiety before the procedure.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation allows the patient to fall into a sleep-like state throughout the procedure. This option is commonly used in a variety of procedures including dental implant placement and the removal of wisdom teeth. This anesthetic option is administered through an intravenous line.
Hospital or Surgery Center-Based General Anesthesia
General anesthesia is employed for extensive procedures, such as facial trauma surgery or jaw reconstruction. We perform most surgeries involving anesthesia in our state-of-the-art surgical center. Our oral surgeons have received both a medical and dental degree, allowing them to administer anesthesia safely during your treatment.
Are oral surgeons qualified to administer anesthesia?
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 allows them to perform anesthesia, deep sleep, or general anesthesia. General dentists are not required to complete the same kind of training.