Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Anesthesia Options

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Little Falls, NJ
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While any procedure can be performed with local anesthesia only, patients often desire additional anesthesia.  Other anesthesia options include  nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.  Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs.  Before administering anesthesia, your surgeon must review your medical history.  If you prefer oral conscious sedation or IV sedation for your procedure, you must be evaluated at a consultation visit prior to surgery.  Oral surgeons have specialized anesthesia training and are certified to administer anesthetic medications.


Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative.  It is delivered through a nasal hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure.  Local  anesthesia is also administered.  Nitrous oxide relieves anxiety during the procedure.  There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in oral surgery and dentistry for many years.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation can range from light to deep sedation.  Patients who have previously experienced IV sedation often report feeling as if they slept through the entire procedure.  It is administered directly into the bloodstream, so the effects occur quickly.  Patients must have an empty stomach and an escort for this type of anesthesia. 

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral medication is provided prior to treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation.  Though oral sedatives do not cause sleep, they usually dull the senses and relieve anxiety.  Usually, a dose of medication is taken prior to the appointment, and this is often combined with nitrous oxide.