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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 match your treatments. 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) 544-9192 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. There are several types of sedatives available based on your individual preferences and the procedure’s needs:

  • Nitrous Oxide: Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is one of the most common forms of sedation. By simply inhaling the colorless, odorless gas, you can feel relaxed in just minutes. Patients who receive nitrous oxide will remain conscious and will return to normal once the gas is no longer administered. There are no side effects.
  • 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.
  • IV Sedation: Intravenous sedation is most often used for complex and advanced procedures, as well as treating more severe cases of dental anxiety. The sedative medication is administered into your bloodstream, and patients will be unconscious during the procedures. Patients are constantly monitored during treatment, and most patients who receive IV sedation do not remember much about their procedure.

Each member of our team is highly trained to administer all of the above sedatives, and we will ensure that your treatment is safe. If you choose to receive local or IV sedation, please be sure to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment. For more information about sedation during oral surgery and how it can help make your experience more pleasant, we invite you to contact us today.

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