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Anesthesia Options

Safe and Comfortable Oral Surgery Care

Everyone deserves a comfortable and positive surgical experience, which is why we offer many options for anesthesia and sedation for all procedures. Dental phobia prevents many people from getting the care they need. By offering sedation dentistry, we can treat the most anxious of patients safely and comfortably.

During your first visit, we will explain the anesthesia and sedation options available. Your surgeon will work with you to choose the right type for your anxiety and complexity of your procedure. Dr. Salin, Dr. Weiner, Dr. Semanoff, and Dr. Nack understand the stress that comes with a surgical procedure, and we are here to provide you with compassionate and supportive care at every step.

Types of Anesthesia

We offer a variety of choices to ensure a comfortable oral surgery experience.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry enables dental professionals to administer the necessary care to patients using anesthesia or sedation. Whether it is due to a fear of pain or because of a previous traumatic dental experience, some patients put off receiving the care they need to maintain good oral health. You may benefit from sedation dentistry if you or your child experience any of the following:

  • Fear of needles
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Difficulty sitting still for long periods of time
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Low pain tolerance
  • Require multiple or complex procedures

Sedation dentistry also makes it possible for patients with special needs or disabilities to receive treatment while ensuring their safety. If you have avoided oral surgery treatment due to any of these reasons, we encourage you to contact Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants today. Our friendly team will do everything we can to help you feel as comfortable as possible.

Can My Dentist Perform Sedation?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most qualified dental experts to administer sedation and anesthesia. General dentists are qualified to administer local anesthesia and laughing gas, often for pain relief during a dental emergency or for a simple tooth extraction. If a patient requires more extensive surgery or anesthesia, the dentist will refer them to an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons undergo many extra years of training after dental school, where they learn how to administer all forms of anesthesia while monitoring patient vitals.

How Safe Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is safe when performed by qualified experts, like our oral surgeons at Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. Prior to administering anesthesia, we discuss medications and conditions that may interfere with anesthesia to select the safest option. Oral surgeons are well-versed in emergency medical care and are trained to monitor patient health throughout surgical procedures. When working with any type of anesthesia or sedation, we always put our patients’ health and safety first.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation for oral surgery can be beneficial for children and adults undergoing any type of surgical procedure. There are many advantages to sedation dentistry, such as:

  • Procedures seem shorter; an hour-long procedure may only feel like a couple of minutes while under sedation.
  • Anesthesia quickly alleviates fear and anxiety.
  • Anesthesia significantly reduces or eliminates any pain or discomfort.
  • Many patients have little or no memory of the surgery after sedation wears off.

How Do I Prepare for Sedation Dentistry?

Prior to your surgery, our team will explain how you can prepare for your upcoming anesthesia or sedation experience. These instructions will outline what to wear to our office, if someone else should drive you to and from your appointment, and when to stop eating or drinking before your procedure. If you have questions before your surgery, please contact one of our offices. We will be happy to assist you.

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Begin your journey to better oral health today. Learn more about the services we provide, what to expect during your first visit, and schedule your appointment at Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants.


Local Anesthesia

Administered through a syringe, a local anesthetic numbs only the surgical site. The effects can last up to several hours. We often pair local anesthesia with another type of anesthesia or sedation.

Nitrous Oxide

Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask. It provides mild sedation and pain relief and is often combined with other options, such as oral sedation, for optimal effect.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia will render you totally unconscious. This option is reserved for complex surgeries such as orthognathic surgery or facial reconstruction.

Intravenous (IV) Anesthesia

Your surgeon will inject the sedative into the vein, which will render you into a semi-conscious state. Also called twilight sedation or twilight dentistry, this option is ideal for extensive procedures or highly anxious patients.