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Sedation Options for Oral Surgeries in Cincinnati

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Oral & Facial Surgery Associates, LLC, in Cincinnati, OH provides a variety of sedation options for oral surgeries, including local anesthesia, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Call 513-791-0550 or send us a message and we will respond as soon as possible.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of medications to create a relaxed state during oral surgery. Sedation dentistry relieves stress, eliminates pain, and often ensures patients do not remember oral surgeries. Depending upon the type of sedation used, patients may remain conscious, but in a “twilight sleep,” or may be asleep during surgical procedures.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry in Oral Surgeries

Sedation dentistry is an invaluable tool in helping patients overcome dental or surgical fears. By inducing a relaxed state, patients can undergo essential surgeries and procedures without experiencing tension, anxiety, or pain. In addition, sedation for oral surgeries offers benefits such as:

  • Oral surgeons can work more efficiently
  • Reduces gag reflex
  • Results in anterograde amnesia (patient does not remember the procedure)
  • Assures enhanced comfort for patients

Why Choose Oral and Facial Surgery Associates, LLC?

At Oral and Facial Surgery Associates in Cincinnati, our team is highly trained in sedation and anesthesia. Our practice recertifies in the Office-Based Emergency Airway Management (OBEAM) course each year. In addition, all surgical assistants in our practice have earned credentials from the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE).

At our state-of-the-art oral surgery practice, we prioritize safety, comfort, and successful outcomes from all oral surgery procedures. Our highly experienced oral surgeons leverage the power of advanced technologies to ensure precision, efficiency, and safety during oral surgery procedures.

Sedation Options at Oral and Facial Surgery Associates, LLC

Local Anesthetic

Local anesthetic is the mildest form of anesthetic used at our office. It is administered in the area where the surgery is to be performed, typically by injection. Depending on the procedure, local anesthetic may be used in combination with another type of anesthesia. Local anesthetic is frequently used in simple oral surgery procedures, such as minor soft tissue treatments or simple tooth extractions. 

IV Sedation

IV sedation, also known as “twilight sedation,” is similar to general anesthesia, in that it is administered through intravenous lines. IV sedation enables you to tolerate your treatment and feel comfortable and may result in your not remembering the procedure itself. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation, meaning that you will be awake, but in some cases you may feel relaxed enough to drift in and out of sleep.

General Anesthesia

When you receive general anesthesia, medication is administered through an intravenous (IV) line. This medication causes you to fall asleep, and you will be able to receive your treatments without difficulty. General anesthesia is available for all types of oral surgery. Many patients receiving a dental implant or having their wisdom teeth removed elect to receive general anesthesia. General anesthesia may also be needed if the local anesthetic fails to relieve pain at the surgical site. 

Are You A Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Experience dental fear or anxiety
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Require a long, or complex oral surgery
  • Are in good overall health

Patients who are allergic to any of the medications, those who are pregnant, those who suffer from respiratory diseases, and those with other chronic conditions may not be the best candidates for sedation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry

What are the risks of IV sedation?
IV sedation is safe for most patients. However, side effects may occur. The most common side effects are drowsiness, headache, and nausea.
What are the risks of general anesthesia?
General anesthesia carries risks, particularly for patients with comorbidities such as obesity, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory conditions, neurological disorders, and a history of heart disease, stroke, or seizures. Possible, though rare side effects may include postoperative cognitive dysfunction and breathing problems.
How long do the effects of local anesthesia last?
It depends on the type of anesthesia given, and the amount given. Most people find that local anesthesia wears off within 2-5 hours.
How long do the effects of general anesthesia last?
You will be unconscious throughout your surgery, and often for up to an hour after your procedure. However, you may experience drowsiness, memory problems, slower reflexes, and difficulty concentrating for a day or two after your procedure.
Can I drive myself home after sedation for oral surgery?
If you only receive local anesthesia, you may drive yourself home. You will need someone to drive you to and from your procedure if you receive IV sedation or general anesthesia.
How do I choose the right sedation option?
Our oral surgeons will discuss your options and help you select the right sedation option for your procedure.
Will insurance pay for sedation?
In some cases, dental policies do cover a portion of the cost of sedation. It is best to speak with your insurance provider about your financial responsibility for sedation.
How long does IV sedation take to work?
IV sedation typically takes a couple of minutes to take effect. General anesthesia, which is also administered via IV takes just seconds to work.

Learn More About Sedation Options for Oral Surgery

Oral and Facial Surgery Associates welcomes your questions about sedation options for your oral surgery. Call 513-791-0550 or send us a message and we will respond as soon as possible.

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11655 Solzman Rd Cincinnati, OH 45249
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