Since it is normal to feel anxious before a surgical procedure, we offer many options for sedation when you undergo any oral surgical procedure at Oconee County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Our surgical staff wants to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible for your procedure. The methods used often depend on the preference of the patient and the nature of the surgical procedure.
A local anesthetic is administered in the area that the surgery is performed.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation is administered through an intravenous line and allows the patient to fall completely asleep throughout the procedure. This option is commonly used in semi-invasive surgical procedures, such as bone grafting, and can also be utilized when patients experience a high level of anxiety.
Hospital or Surgery Center-Based General Anesthesia
If you undergo an extensive procedure, such as facial trauma surgery or jaw reconstruction, you may undergo general anesthesia in a hospital or surgery center, which is administered by an anesthesiologist.
Are oral surgeons qualified to administer anesthesia?
Yes! All oral surgeons must undergo extensive training in the medical field and gain valuable experience performing anesthesia before they go into oral surgery practice. This training and hands-on experience include the administration of operating room anesthesia in hospitals, as well as in-office anesthesia in specialty facilities. Unlike the majority of general dentists, they have received the highest level of licensure for dental practitioners to perform anesthesia, which allows them to perform deep sleep or general anesthesia.