Most dental procedures will require some form of anesthetic to prevent any pain or discomfort during treatment. We offer multiple anesthesia options, and the option you choose will be determined by your procedure and your preferences. Drs. Engel, R. Stern, Simos, M. Stern, and Tanchyk are trained in all forms of outpatient anesthesia. All oral surgeons receive the highest anesthesia training of any dental specialty, so you can rest assured that your procedure will be as safe and comfortable as possible.
Types of Anesthesia
Below are descriptions of the different anesthesia options we offer:
- Local anesthesia is administered in the area of surgery to numb the region and prevent any pain. For extractions and other minor procedures, sometimes local anesthesia is all that is necessary. Patients will remain fully conscious during the procedure and be able to drive themselves home after.
- Nitrous oxide is used to relax patients and reduce anxiety for longer procedures. It is administered through a breathing apparatus, and patients will be conscious during the procedure.
- IV sedation allows patients to fall into a deep sleep-like state throughout their procedure. Patients have no awareness of the procedure and wake up once it’s over. If IV sedation is used, the patient will not be able to drive for 24 hours following their procedure. IV sedation also requires patients not to eat or drink for eight hours before their procedure.
- General anesthesia is reserved for serious facial surgeries or certain medical conditions and will usually be administered in a hospital setting by an anesthesiologist.
Anesthesia and Sedation at Oral Surgery Group
Before your procedure, your surgeon will go over your anesthesia options and give you a full explanation of any pre-operative instructions to prepare you for your surgery. Your safety and comfort are very important to us, and one of our staff members will be happy to discuss your anesthesia options with you during your consultation appointment. Contact one of our offices in New Brunswick, NJ, East Brunswick, NJ, or Middlesex, NJ, for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Exparel® for Long-Lasting Pain Control After Surgery
Oral Surgery Group has been committed to providing the people of central New Jersey with high-quality oral surgery care for over 60 years. As part of that commitment, providing an opioid-free pain management option for our patients is a given — that is why our five board-certified oral surgeons offer Exparel in our treatment plans. Exparel is a clinically proven, safe, and opioid-free medication that dramatically reduces post-surgical pain for 3–4 days postoperatively while heading off opioid misuse, addiction, and side-effects before they even begin.
Exparel is administered by your oral surgeon directly to your surgical site while you are under anesthesia. If you choose Exparel as part of your surgical treatment plan
- There is no risk of opioid dependence and withdrawal, as Exparel is not a narcotic medication.
- You can postpone or even eliminate the need to fill prescription narcotic pain medications.
- You will not experience a gap in pain control after surgery because one dose of this sustained-release medication applied during your surgery will be controlling your post-operative discomfort before your anesthesia has even worn off.
Approximately 80 percent of people who use the illegal drug heroin first misused opioid-based prescription medications (National Institute on Drug Abuse). At our practice, we want to keep each one of our patients healthy, happy, and free of the risks and side effects of narcotic prescription medications. When you come in to see us for your consultation, your oral surgeon will be happy to discuss if Exparel is the best choice for your individual treatment plan.
Exparel in New Brunswick, NJ, East Brunswick, NJ, and Middlesex, NJ
Exparel is quickly becoming a preferred method of post-operative pain management with oral surgeons and patients alike. With this medication on board for your recovery period, you will experience effective relief while avoiding the need for opioid-based narcotic pain medications. For more information about Exparelor to schedule your consultation, please contact us today.