Most oral surgery procedures require some form of anesthesia, whether it’s a local numbing agent or IV sedation. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, like Dr. Charles Stone and Dr. Brian Stone, receive advanced training in all forms of outpatient anesthesia. Our surgeons have years of experience administering anesthesia for wisdom teeth procedures, facial surgeries, and much more. When reviewing anesthesia options, we will consider your overall health, the extent of your surgery, and your personal preferences to assist you in selecting the right option for your treatment.
Overview of Anesthesia Types
To learn more about the different anesthesia options available, check out the descriptions below:
- Local anesthesia is a common numbing medication used in virtually all oral surgery procedures, sometimes in conjunction with other forms of anesthesia. Local anesthesia is applied to numb the area being treated and prevent any pain. If we use local anesthesia alone, you will remain conscious throughout surgery but feel no pain. You will be able to eat a light meal before your procedure and drive yourself home. Usually, the only sensation felt during the procedure is some pressure around the surgical area. Simpler procedures, like some extractions and soft tissue procedures, usually only require local anesthesia.
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is used along with a local anesthetic to put you in a more relaxed state throughout the procedure. Nitrous oxide has a calming and pain-controlling effect, but you will remain conscious. More complicated extractions and other procedures may require nitrous oxide, which makes it easier for patients to undergo longer procedures.
- IV anesthesia is used for longer procedures in the office or in cases where the patient has anxiety. IV anesthesia allows the patient to fall into a sleep-like state, having no awareness of the procedure taking place. You will need a designated driver to take you home after your procedure if you receive IV sedation. Patients will not be able to eat or drink for at least eight hours before undergoing IV anesthesia. Wisdom teeth extractions, dental implant procedures, and other more involved outpatient procedures are usually done under IV sedation and local anesthesia.
- Hospital-based general anesthesia is used for more extensive jaw and facial surgeries. Reconstructive jaw surgeries, TMJ surgery, and other procedures may require general anesthesia. Usually, an anesthesiologist at the hospital will assist with these surgeries. Some patients can be driven home the same day as the procedure, but in other cases, an overnight stay may be necessary.
Exparel® For Long-Lasting Pain Relief
At Southern Surgical Arts, your health and comfort are very important to us, and that is why Drs. Charles Stone and Brian Stone stay up to date on innovative ways to provide pain relief to their patients with the least amount of risk.
For many years, the standard in post-surgical pain relief has been to prescribe prescription-strength pain medications. Unfortunately, one out of 15 surgical patients progresses to long-term pain medication use, and more than 115 Americans die each day after overdosing on these narcotics. Rates of prescription drug misuse are particularly high in our state of Texas, home to four of the top 25 cities in the U.S. for narcotic abuse. The fact of the matter is, narcotics have a very high risk of dependence for anyone, anywhere, at any age.
Drs. Stone and Stone are passionate about the battle against this addiction, and they are proud to offer their Southern Surgical Arts patients a safe and proven analgesia-extending medication called Exparel (bupivacaine). Exparel is an opioid-free, long-acting local anesthetic medicine that is injected directly at the surgical site to provide safe, highly effective post-surgical pain control. The medication starts working during surgery and continues throughout recovery, sometimes offering several days of relief from pain. Many of our patients that choose Exparel for their procedure never require prescription strength medication post-surgery or can wait a longer amount of time before beginning pain medication.
Medications like Exparel are gaining recognition as the recommended new standard for improving recovery, reducing cost, and reducing or even eliminating the need for narcotics. If you would like to learn more about how Exparel provides long-lasting pain control while reducing the need for pain medication after your oral surgery, feel free to contact Southern Surgical Arts for more information. The doctors will be happy to talk with you about adding Exparel to your surgical treatment plan.
Anesthesia Services at Southern Surgical Arts
Your comfort and safety are our top priorities, and our surgeons have years of experience administering anesthesia for patients of all ages. To learn more about our practice and your anesthesia options, feel free to continue browsing this website or contact our office in Tyler, TX, for more information.