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Anesthetic Choices


Local, Nitrous Oxide, IV Sedation or General Anesthesia


There are four choices for patients who would like anesthesia. They are as follows:


LOCAL ANESTHESIA:


Local anesthesia is an injection in the mouth that makes your mouth feel numb. The patient will be wide awake and fully aware, they will hear things, see things, etc. Sometimes the patients do express that they feel a pressure sensation which they can interpret as uncomfortable, but many patients are able to tolerate the procedure under just local anesthesia. Many of our procedures are able to be done under just the local anesthesia.


LOCAL and NITROUS OXIDE:


For those patients who have an increased level of anxiety, a second choice is available to them. This choice would be local and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is otherwise known as “laughing gas”. A mask is placed over your nose and you breathe in the gas. You may feel a sensation of warmth as if you were floating, some patients may equate it to having one drink of alcohol. Under this scenario, you would still be awake, able to respond to commands and be generally aware of what is going on, however, it takes the edge off and you will be more relaxed and comfortable.


INTRAVENOUS SEDATION:


The third choice is intravenous sedation. The doctor places a needle into a vein, and the medicine is delivered through it. When patients are sedated they have little or no recall of the intra-operative events. They are NOT unconscious.


GENERAL ANESTHESIA:


The final choice would be general anesthesia where additional medications are given through the IV which will result in a TOTAL loss of consciousness.


This office has been fully licensed to administer general anesthesia since 1961. We have completed the anesthesia emergency evaluation program as administered by the New York State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. We are proud of our anesthetic record and the delivery of our anesthetic care. Dr. Simpson has received extensive training in medical and dental administration of anesthesia. He is thoroughly knowledgeable in the management of pain and anxiety control.


INSTRUCTIONS TO PATIENTS PRIOR TO IV SEDATION OR GENERAL ANESTHESIA

  1. Do not take ANYTHING to eat or drink for SIX (6) hours prior to appointment.
    TO DO OTHERWISE MAY BE LIFE-THREATENING!
    However, it is important that you take any scheduled medications (high blood pressure, antibiotics, etc.) or any prescriptions that we may have provided for pre-medication, using only a small sip of water.
  2. Patient should arrange for a relative or friend to accompany him home after treatment.
  3. Do NOT wear contact lenses. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing (i.e. t-shirts, loose pants, etc.)

 


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