It is normal to be anxious about oral and maxillofacial surgery, but at Keystone OMS, we make your comfort and safety a top priority with the use of anesthesia. We offer a wide range of sedation options depending on your level of apprehension and the procedure being performed. You can feel more relaxed and confident about treatment knowing our team strives to make it as positive of an experience as possible.
Our Sedation Options
We offer the full scope of sedation options ranging from local anesthetic to general anesthesia. Dr. Clemenza and his surgical team are fully trained and qualified to safely administer and monitor anesthesia. The various levels of sedation available include:
Local Anesthetic: Lidocaine is injected into your gums or in the area where the procedure takes place. This blocks the nerves from feeling pain and numbs the area. Even if you will receive other forms of sedation, local anesthetic is still used to numb the treated area as well.
Nitrous Oxide: This is a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which is commonly referred to as laughing gas. You breathe the gas in through your nose, and it helps you to feel calmer. You remain conscious but in a more relaxed state.
IV Sedation: An IV is inserted that delivers the sedative. You will drift in and out of sleep and be fully unaware during surgery. You are still able to breathe on your own.
General Anesthesia: This type of sedation is administered in a hospital or surgical center by an anesthesiologist or licensed oral and maxillofacial surgeon. You are completely unconscious and unaware of what is happening, and your breathing is controlled by a breathing tube.
Your Comfort is Our Priority
The team at Keystone OMS will discuss your medical history, the procedure, and your level of apprehension in order to recommend an appropriate sedation option. Our goal is to keep you comfortable and safe during surgery. Your vitals will be closely monitored to ensure you are tolerating the anesthesia well and remain in a relaxed state that minimizes any anxiety you may feel.
Learn More About Our Use of Anesthetics
Anesthesia is a safe and effective option for reducing anxiety and the sensation of pain during oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Clemenza is highly trained in using sedation during treatment and is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have so you can feel more confident about your care. Contact Keystone OMS’s Hermitage office at (724) 981-8884 or online to discuss sedation options and our process.