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. Rauch, Engel, R. Stern, Simos, and M. Stern 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.