At Tahoe Oral Surgery and Implant Center, we do all we can to ensure that you have the most comfortable experience possible. Choosing the right method of anesthesia for you and your particular procedure is an important part of the planning process. Throughout the procedure, your comfort and safety are always our top priority. For your reference, here is a list of some common anesthesia types:
- Local Anesthetics block the conduction of pain sensation down neurons by a topically applied or injected agent. This type of anesthesia does not depress your level of consciousness.
- Inhaled Sedation: Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option we can offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures.
- Conscious (Oral) Sedation is a combination of medicines to help you relax (a sedative) and to block pain (an anesthetic) during a dental procedure. You will probably stay awake but may not be able to speak.
- IV Sedation: For many procedures, Dr. Martin and Dr. Appelblatt recommend the use of IV Sedation Anesthesia. During IV sedation, you gently drift into a comfortable sleep, where you will remain for the duration of the procedure. During this period, your airway (breathing) reflexes remain intact, and you continue to breath calmly and naturally. When you awake, the procedure is complete.
Your comfort and safety is our highest concern. We will always recommend the type of anesthesia that best fits your needs and procedure. Dr. Martin or Dr. Appelblatt will thoroughly discuss their recommendation with you during your consultation. If you have any questions or concerns about the type of anesthesia that will be administered during your procedure, please to not hesitate to discuss them with us during your visit.