Anesthesia is provided in several different methods. A method is chosen based on the type of medical procedure and the level of trepidation from the patient. The following table demonstrates the available anesthesia choices with a brief explanation of their corresponding techniques and the usual circumstances that indicate the use for that particular technique.
Once more, when concerning anesthesia, comfort and the safety of our patients is our number one priority. If you bear any questions or apprehensions regarding the method of anesthesia being used during your procedure, please feel free to talk over any concerns or fears with your physician before your scheduled surgery.
INTRAVENOUS SEDATION (“TWILIGHT SEDATION”)
Here at Union City Oral Surgery, we provide patients with the choice of Intravenous Sedation or Dental Intravenous Anesthesia, also called “Twilight Sedation/sleep,” for their treatment needs. Intravenous Sedation aids patients in comfortability, calming the patient when undergoing treatment or a procedure. It was invented to relax the patient; allowing them to experience dental procedures calmly and will enable them to forget uncomfortable procedures. IV sedation itself will ease any anxieties connected to your treatment by causing you to fall asleep and drift in and out of consciousness, hence keeping you tranquil and comfortable during your procedure.
IV sedation will also eliminate the need and cost associated with having your procedure completed in an standard OR – Operation room, or urgent care facility. If you opt for intravenous sedation, your IV sedation/anesthesia is directed and managed by an in house doctor.
HOW IS INTRAVENOUS SEDATION ADMINISTERED?
IV sedation is administered through a small needle connected to an intravenous tube which the medication passes through. This needle is placed in a viable vein located in the arm or hand. If a vein is not maintainable, a dosage of the IV medication is deposited into the bloodstream. Both circumstances can adequately achieve the levels conscious sedation needed. To reiterate, many patients with remain asleep during their operations. On the other hand, some patients will experience a sort of “twilight sleep” slipping in and out of consciousness. Patients who are currently taking specific medications unrelated to the procedure may be lightly anaesthetized which may not allow the patient to fall asleep at all.
A doctor maintains the IV sedation medication. If necessary, an antidote can be given to reverse the effects of the sedation medication. Our office offers a variety of different sedation options including nitrous oxide analgesia. Intravenous sedation aims to utilize very little medication to complete treatment. IV sedation is also safer than other oral sedation options. The sedation medication is maintained by a doctor and administered at a constant “drip” through the intravenous tube. If necessary, an antidote will be administered to the patient to reverse the results of the sedation medication. Our office offers a variety of different sedation options including nitrous oxide analgesia. Dr. Herbst has over 25 years of experience as an oral surgeon and was chosen as a Jersey Choice Top Dentist in 2018. Contact her office to schedule your appointment today.