An Overview of Anesthesia With Virginia Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery
Our patients may receive one or a combination of the following anesthetic options.
Local anesthesia is an injectable medication that completely numbs the treatment area. Patients who receive only a local anesthetic remain awake throughout their procedure. They don’t feel pain, but they may sense pressure as Dr. Gocke or Dr. McAdams operate. Every patient receives local anesthesia as part of their treatment.
In certain procedures, like wisdom teeth removal, Dr. Gocke will apply EXPAREL to the surgical site. EXPAREL is a non-opioid, long-lasting pain medication. The anesthetic greatly enhances the patient experience after surgery and has the added benefit of limiting exposure to potentially addictive opioids.
If patients want to relax a little during their procedure, our oral surgeons can provide nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas. This option simply takes the edge off and offers a calming effect without putting you to sleep. Unlike sedation dentistry, however, our surgeons can control the flow of nitrous oxide as well as help patients recover quickly once the procedure ends.
For procedures such as dental implant placement and bone grafting, our patients typically receive anesthesia through an intravenous line. Our oral surgeons are certified to perform IV anesthesia in-office and carefully monitor patients throughout their treatment.
With this option, patients experience a deep calm similar to twilight sleep, during which they don’t feel or remember anything about their procedure. Typically, patients come into the treatment room, watch a little TV or Netflix® while they breathe in nitrous oxide, and, once they are extremely relaxed, the surgeon starts the IV line and administers the anesthetic. Most patients are surprised at how quickly time passes during their visit.
Afterward, patients move to a separate and private recovery room where they can have heaters and blankets to keep them comfortable. At this point, a family member or other caregiver can join them and wait until they are ready to head home. Patients cannot drive for 24 hours after IV anesthesia.