Relax during Your Procedure with Sedation Dentistry
Our oral surgeons at Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery are highly experienced and have undergone extensive training in sedation dentsitry and anesthesia usage. When you come to our office for an oral procedure, you can rest assured knowing every step of the process will be handled with expertise. The St. Louis and St. Charles County oral surgeons on our team offer advanced care for all of our patients, assisted by our excellent support staff.
Our staff has received training in assisting with IV sedation and outpatient general anesthesia. All of our assistants are required to have passed the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination from the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. We utilize anesthesia in our state of the art office and provide careful monitoring for every patient before and after procedures.
Methods of Anesthesia
There are several forms of anesthesia available. Your oral surgeon can help you choose the method that is best for you, examining factors such as your level of anxiety about the procedure, as well as the nature and type of the surgery to be performed.
Anesthesia methods include:
- Hospital / surgery center-based general anesthesia
- Office-based general anesthesia plus local anesthetic
- Local anesthetic
- Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” sedation plus local anesthetic
At Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we also provide our patients with access to intravenous sedation, which is also known as dental intravenous anesthesia or “twilight sedation.” This form of sedation allows you to feel comfortable and relaxed during an oral surgical procedure. You may even fall asleep. Intravenous or “IV” sedation can be carried out right in our office under the supervision of the surgeon. The IV is inserted through a vein in your arm / hand and applied as a continuous drip. The intention is to use the least amount of medication possible. In addition to being affordable and effective, IV sedation is extremely safe, making it an attractive option for many patients.
Nitrous Oxide / “Laughing Gas”
Nitrous oxide analgesia, or “laughing gas,” has been the preferred and classic method of sedation for dental procedures. Nitrous oxide combines about 50% to 70% oxygen with at least 30% nitrous oxide, making it a safe method of sedation. Patients remain in control of their physical functions and breathe independently, but may fall asleep or forget some of what happened to them during the procedure. Patients with certain respiratory conditions including emphysema or exotic chest conditions, or even patients suffering from a cold, may not want to use nitrous oxide. You can ask our office to conduct a short “five-minute trial” to test this sedation option prior to your procedure.
Some of the benefits of laughing gas include:
- No “hangover” effect
- Sedation level can be varied with ease
- No side effects to heart and lungs
- Patient controls bodily functions, minimizing gagging
- Effective quickly; reaches the brain in 20 seconds and serves to help calm the patient and kill pain within two to three minutes
Contact Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery for More Information
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding anesthesia. We’ll be happy to provide any answers possible! Our South County oral surgeon team is here to provide supportive dental care and alleviate your fears. We can sit down with you and help you prepare for your procedure.