If you’ve undergone any kind of surgery, you are probably no stranger to the apprehensive feelings that may accompany treatment. There are actually many patients who visit their oral surgeon and have never undergone a surgical procedure before. We don’t want you to worry about being comfortable during your procedure because oral surgeon’s’ expertise and training, including in-office sedation, makes them uniquely qualified to complete oral procedures.
There are several methods available to oral & maxillofacial surgeons to help reduce a patient’s anxiety. In addition to providing a calming office environment, oral surgery practices utilize local anesthetics (numbing with lidocaine), Nitrous Oxide Sedation (laughing gas), and Intravenous Sedation (IV Sedation) to aid in calming the nerves of worried patients.
Before moving forward with any type of procedure, it is important to understand the risks of sedation. Side effects of anesthesia can range from low blood pressure, minor backache, or light-headedness to more serious side effects like the inability to breathe. Incorrect dosage or administration and improper monitoring during treatment has the potential to cause problems. In order to avoid these various complications or side effects, you must ensure that you are receiving anesthesia from a trained professional.
Oral surgeons complete extensive training and hands-on experience in a teaching hospital, which makes your oral surgeon extremely aware of the risks and the proper method for administering anesthetics. Oral surgeons are the highest-trained dental professionals in the use of all anesthetics; they spend at minimum 4 years training and in that time work extensively alongside medical anesthesiologists. The risk factors previously listed are much less problematic when an experienced professional administers anesthesia. With all of these guidelines, you can feel confident that you will receive the safest care from an oral surgeon, and we urge you to visit an oral surgeon for your wisdom teeth extraction and dental implant needs. While there are risks associated with any medical procedure, the simple fact is that out of millions of patients treated with anesthesia, the fatality rate is a mere .01%.
Taking into consideration your medical history, the treatment being provided, and your personal preferences, oral surgeons can ensure that you are comfortable and safe during your surgery. Remember that your oral surgeon is glad to talk you through the process and help you select the correct anesthetic based on your preference.
Here at Oconee County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, it is incredibly important to us that you know you can trust your oral surgeon; we want you to feel confident that you are well informed and receiving the best quality care. Please call our office if you have any questions or feel free to utilize our website to schedule a consultation!