The key to sedation in dentistry is matching the right sedation to the right patient and procedure. At Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we do this by considering the entire picture as a whole; we evaluate the patient, their level of anxiety, their medical history, and the amount of work that we hope to accomplish during their time in the chair or hospital stay. Before surgical treatment, we will review all of these factors with the patient and determine the right anesthetic for all of their needs.
Local anesthesia, also known as novocaine, is applied through injection to numb a specific area. It works by blocking the nerves from sensing the pain. Lidocaine is the most common local anesthetic used by dentist and oral surgery offices, though there are other options available. One of our surgeons, Dr. Robert G. Hale or Dr. James P. Jensvold, may use a local anesthetic in combination with a conscious sedation anesthetic to relieve pain while also reducing anxiety.
Conscious sedation is used to reduce anxiety and provide relief during an oral surgical procedure. This form of anesthesia is termed conscious because the patient is not put to sleep by the medication, but it placed into a relaxed state, which can sometimes result in the patient falling asleep. Some of the most common conscious sedation that we use include:
General anesthesia is administered under the guidance of an anesthesiologist. This level of sedation places the patient in an unconscious state. We perform surgery under general anesthesia when we deem it to be best for the patient due to the length of time needed for the procedure, the level of invasiveness, and in consideration of the patient’s comfort.
It is common to have questions about anesthesia, what is being given, and if it will interact negatively with other medications or conditions. Our surgeons, Dr. Robert G. Hale and Dr. James P. Jensvold, are happy to review this information with you. To schedule an appointment, contact Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at our Woodland Hills office by calling: (818) 999-0900