Many oral surgery treatments require sedation to allow our doctors to properly and carefully perform the necessary procedures. At Oral Surgery of Tidewater, we offer a variety of sedation options to help anxious patients relax during a variety of dental procedures. If you feel nervous about receiving sedation during your treatments, we invite you to talk with Dr. Ford, Dr. Guter, and Dr. Gray so that we can help you feel comfortable and relaxed. Please feel free to contact our office at (757) 499-6886 to schedule your appointment with our oral surgeons and to learn more about how you can receive oral surgery with sedation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Using sedation is a wonderful choice for patients who feel anxious or nervous about their treatments. Sedation is also commonly used for patients who undergo surgery or receive advanced dental treatments. Sedated oral surgery involves using a sedative medication to help you feel more relaxed and calm during your visit; sedation also allows our oral surgeons to better perform your necessary procedures.
Types of Sedation
There are several types of sedatives available based on your individual preferences and the procedure’s needs:
- Nitrous Oxide: Inhaled sedation is a form of conscious sedation where you are awake but inhaling Nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas,” to help the patient get through a procedure with minimal physiological and psychological stress. This is ideal for someone with mild anxiety of the coming dental procedure.
- Local Anesthetic: This sedative is often administered through an injection, and it only numbs the area around the injection site. This sedation is used when only a certain part of the mouth requires treatment. The numbing occurs in just a few minutes and lasts several hours.
- Oral Sedation: Oral sedation (oral pre-medication) is a method in dentistry where oral sedative drugs are administered. This is considered conscious sedation, which is accompanied by the use of nitrous oxide. Oral sedation reduces patients’ fear and anxiety related to the coming dental procedure.
- IV Sedation: Intravenous sedation, also known as IV sedation, is an advanced and effective way to do dental treatment. With IV sedation, patients are conscious but yet, in most cases, do not remember the procedure. This method is also known as “twilight sedation.”
Our greatest concern is patient comfort. We know that dental pain can be extremely disruptive and that some people experience dental-related anxieties. Our doctors are trained to administer anesthesia safely, including nitrous oxide, mild oral sedation, and IV sedation.
Our clinical staff members are highly experienced and well trained, gentle, and compassionate. They make sure you understand your treatment, are informed of all options, and make knowledgeable decisions about your procedures.
During visits, our staff will ensure your comfortable, listen to your concerns, and immediately respond to address any issues. Following procedures, they will explain in detail post-surgical home care, answer questions, and review what to expect during the healing process.
You will always be given local anesthesia for your surgery. When you come in for your consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you the appropriate supplement anesthesia for your procedure. Each requires different preparation on your part and, for your safety.
Local anesthesia will produce a numb feeling in the area being operated on and you will be aware of a feeling of pressure during surgery. You will be awake and recall the surgery, but there should be no significant discomfort.
Have a light meal a few hours prior to surgery. For more extensive procedures you may wish to have someone drive you home. Plan to rest for a few hours after surgery.
Oral pre-medication may be a supplement to local anesthesia and is medication taken by mouth to produce relaxation before and during your operation.
Take the medication at the time directed before your surgery. Have a light meal a few hours prior to surgery, unless you are also having intravenous or general anesthesia. It is not safe to drive after taking sedative drugs, and you must have an escort to drive you to and from surgery. Your escort must be at least 18 years of age or older and REMAIN in our office during your entire procedure. Plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Do not drive, operate power tools, machinery, etc., for 24 hours after surgery. Do not make any important decisions such as signing documents, etc.
Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas.” You will be relaxed and somewhat less aware of your surroundings, may have a heightened sense of hearing, but will recall most of the surgical event.
You may have a light meal four hours prior to surgery. If anxious or more extensive of a procedure it is best to have someone drive you home, but is not necessary. Plan to rest for a few hours after surgery.
Intravenous Sedation/General Anesthesia
Intravenous sedation/general anesthesia medications are given through a vein in your arm or hand, which will cause total relaxation.
Do not have anything to eat or drink, including water, for six (6) hours prior to surgery. TO DO OTHERWISE MAY BE LIFE THREATENING! However, it is important that you take any regular medications (high blood pressure, antibiotics, etc.) or any prescription that we may have provided, using only a small sip of water.
You MUST have an escort at least 18 years of age or older to drive you home and that will REMAIN in our office during your entire procedure. Plan to rest the remainder of the day after surgery. Do not drive, or operate power tools, machinery, etc., or plan to work or make business decisions while under the influence of sedation for 24 hours after surgery. No rigorous exercising should be performed days following surgery. Consult with your doctor on appropriate time to return to normal schedule.
Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Tops/shirts should have sleeves that can easily be pulled above the elbow. It is also important to wear flat, fully enclosed, or tie-up shoes that will assist you in walking following the procedure. Females should remove nail polish, gel, or acrylic nails before surgery, and apply as little makeup as possible.