At Collins Oral & Facial Surgery, we understand you may be nervous about an upcoming procedure. We want to provide you with high-quality, compassionate care and put you at ease in our office, which is why we offer a variety of anesthetic options to make your experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible. The method of sedation used often depends on your preference, the nature of the procedure you will be undergoing, and your medical history. Dr. Collins will work with you to select the best anesthesia option for your treatment.
Your Sedation Options
Oral Sedation: Sometimes a patient may desire to take an oral medication to help them relax or relieve pain during a procedure. This is an option with some procedures, and we occasionally use this technique for minor surgeries.
Local Anesthesia: Local anesthetics are typically applied directly to the area of the mouth where a procedure will be performed. This application numbs the surgical area, and Dr. Collins uses local anesthesia for many different procedures. If you’ve undergone a simple procedure with your general dentist, you’ve probably had local anesthesia before.
Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is another option that can be used for a patient undergoing a minor procedure, and it can help relax a patient as well as decrease the sensation of discomfort.
IV Sedation/Anesthesia: IV sedation is a very common procedure done in our office, which makes many surgeries essentially painless. IV anesthesia is a great sedation choice if you are nervous about having an upcoming treatment and/or undergoing surgery such as dental implant placement and wisdom teeth removal. Patients typically have no memory of the procedure, and the surgery seems to take no time at all.
General Anesthesia: Some procedures need general anesthesia as performed in a hospital-type environment. We have a hospital-grade anesthesia machine and the ability to do a complete general anesthetic like what is done for a hospital procedure. Very complicated surgeries that take an extensive amount of time can often be candidates for general anesthesia.
Use of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA): Dr. Collins has used Clay Rougeau, CRNA, as his anesthesia specialist for many years. Clay has a great bedside manner and tremendous skills in delivering an anesthetic that makes the procedure virtually painless. Although it is not uncommon for an oral surgeon and his staff to administer the anesthesia without a CRNA, Dr. Collins feels that having a CRNA allows for the best care possible for his patients.
Can My Oral Surgeon Administer Anesthesia?
Our surgical team also undergoes rigorous training and certification provided by the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as well as Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. This helps ensure that you are receiving the best care possible!
If you have any questions or concerns before your surgical procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. It is our primary goal to make sure you are comfortable with your procedure and experience optimal results.