Anesthesiology and Dental Sedation
Flower Mound, TX
When it comes to your comfort and peace of mind, we at DFW Oral Surgeons take our job very seriously! Your comfort and safety are our top concerns, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that you have an enjoyable stay at DFW Oral Surgeons. For this reason, we offer a variety of sedation and anesthesia options that help our patients with everything from anxiety to physical comfort during procedures.
What are sedation and anesthesia?
There are some different anesthesia options that we use to help increase your comfort and reduce anxiety throughout your procedure. Different options do different things and are used under certain circumstances. Here is a list of common sedation and anesthesia terms:
|•||Local anesthetic is a numbing agent and is often called Novocain. We administer a local anesthetic to every patient who may experience pain or discomfort because of the procedure they will be having done. A local anesthetic numbs the site, preventing the sensations of pain or feeling of any kind. These wear off a couple of hours after leaving our office.
|•||Oral Sedatives are often prescribed an administered an hour or so before the procedure starts to help with issues like anxiety. Oral sedatives include medications like Valium that have an effect on toning down anxiety.
|•||Nitrous oxide is a very commonly administered drug that helps to reduce anxiety and increase comfort. The thing that makes nitrous oxide preferable is that the level of impairment is easily controlled and fast to wear off. With some oral sedatives, the sedation effect can last hours, but the effects of nitrous oxide wear off as soon as we want them to.
|•||IV sedation is often referred to as conscious sedation. These are primarily used to control anxiety while allowing the patient the ability to respond to requests. With IV sedation there is sometimes an amnesia effect, where the patients cannot recall the events of the procedure, which is often preferred.
|•||General anesthesia is used when the desired effect is not to be conscious for a procedure. General anesthesia results in the patient not being awake or aware during the procedure and is used for severe anxiety and very serious procedures.|
Your Safety Is Our Top Concern
At DFW Oral Surgeons, we take your safety very seriously, which is why you are monitored full-time by licensed professionals while under any variety of anesthetic or sedation. We measure your breathing, the amount of oxygen in your blood, blood pressure and heart rate to ensure that you are within safe dosing limits.
It is important for you to understand key points about your operation before it happens so that you can prepare properly and so that everything goes smoothly. We will go over all instructions with you before the procedure to ensure the information is fresh in your mind. We have provided the following guide so that you may reference it at your leisure. Common anesthetics (numbing agents) require very little preparation and are easy to handle as far as effects go. The more complicated the procedure, the more complicated the anesthesia. If you are unsure about what kind of anesthesia you will be undergoing, we suggest that you prepare for general anesthesia so that all of your options remain open.
|•||Provide us with a list of any and all medications that you are taking before the procedure.
|•||Your mouth should be kept clean before surgery, so make sure to brush and floss as you normally would, to ensure that all food particles are washed away, and bacteria levels are low.
|•||Any patient who is under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
|•||Wear loose fitting clothing that is comfortable and not restrictive. If you normally wear necklaces, chokers, or ties, leave them at home for the day of your procedure. Shirts with tight collars are similarly discouraged.
|•||Plan for a soft-food diet following the surgery. Going to the grocery store following your surgery may be difficult depending on your level of post-anesthesia awareness, so stocking up ahead of time on soft foods like applesauce, pudding, and gelatin are encouraged.|
Patients Having General Anesthesia of IV Sedation
|•||Follow all general instructions listed above.
|•||Eating and drinking absolutely must be stopped six hours before your procedure. A sip of water is allowed to take medications.
|•||Bring an adult friend or relative who can drive you home and help to make you comfortable once home. It can be disorienting following general anesthesia, and a responsible adult accompaniment is a must.
|•||Plan ahead of time. Take care of serious responsibilities before your procedure. Clear your calendar for the 24-48 hours following your procedure as it will be critical that you take it easy following general anesthesia.
|•||The profound effects of general anesthesia will wear off roughly a half hour after the procedure ends. After the profound effect wears off, you will be discharged from the office. You should plan to go home and lie down. Driving and physical activities should not be attempted for 24 hours.|
Patients Having Local Anesthetic or Nitrous Oxide
|•||Follow all general instructions listed above.
|•||Eat a light meal before your procedure.
|•||If you wish, bring an adult driver to accompany you home, although this is often unnecessary|
The most important thing to keep in mind following anesthesia of any kind is to take it easy, pay attention to how you feel, and stay well hydrated. Anesthetics have a tendency to dehydrate the patient, so it is important that you make sure to drink plenty of water following your procedure. It’s also important to pay attention to how you feel. If you are feeling dizzy, or nauseous, consider drinking a little less, and approach eating with baby steps. Nausea will wear off after a little while and is usually rare. Finally, take it easy! It’s not easy on your body, and you should rest following any procedure where anesthesia is administered.
Call us today at (972) 539-1491 to schedule your appointment.