At Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, our patients’ safety and comfort are our top priorities during surgery. We understand that undergoing any surgical procedure can make patients anxious or nervous, and we do our best to put patients at ease. We offer many forms of anesthesia in our office to minimize discomfort and ensure patients feel relaxed during their procedure.
Dr. Gregory McGee and Dr. Drew Steel are highly trained and experienced in providing local anesthesia, IV anesthesia, and general anesthesia. Oral surgeons receive extensive training in anesthesia administration, allowing them to deliver the safest procedure possible. During the initial consultation, we will discuss all the options for sedation and assist you in selecting the best choice for your treatment. We will take your overall health, your preferences, and the procedure you will receive into consideration in this decision. Typically, patients age six and above can receive sedation in the office, and patients age five and below will undergo treatment in an operating room to receive anesthesia.
Types of Anesthesia
Local Anesthesia completely numbs the surgical site to alleviate any discomfort during the surgical procedure. Patients who elect to receive local anesthesia remain awake and aware during surgery, but do not experience any pain. If the oral surgeon administers local anesthesia alone, a responsible adult is not required to drive the patient home after treatment.
IV Sedation is one of the most commonly selected anesthesia options for oral surgery. This sedative allows patients to enter a sleep-like state during the surgery, and patients will wake up with no recollection of the treatment. If undergoing this type of anesthesia, patients should not eat for at least eight hours before the operation. Patients should not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after the procedure, and they should plan to have someone drive them to and from the appointment.
General Anesthesia is usually only given to patients who are experiencing a more serious hospital-based surgical procedure, such as corrective jaw surgery. This type of anesthesia allows the surgeon to conduct the operation while the patient is entirely unconscious. Patients will regain consciousness after treatment. Just like IV sedation, we require patients undergoing general anesthesia to refrain from eating or drinking for a minimum of eight hours before surgery.
Anesthesia for Oral Surgery in Albuquerque, NM
When you come to Rio Grande Oral Surgery, your surgeon will be happy to review your anesthesia options with you before your procedure. Drs. McGee and Steel are highly qualified to administer anesthesia for patients of all ages. To learn more about our practice or the services we offer, give our office a call. One of our staff members will be happy to assist you.
Exparel® for Long-Lasting Pain Relief
At Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we safeguard our patients’ health by staying on the cutting-edge of medical science. This includes the use of advanced techniques for pain relief that carry the least amount of risk for you. As part of our dedication to providing the safest and highest quality patient care, we offer the non-addictive, opioid-free pain control medication Exparel.
Exparel is a proven pain-relieving medication that is administered in a single dose during surgery — this dose is proven to control pain up to several days after surgery. Long-acting, non-opioid pain management medications such as Exparel are quickly gaining recognition as the new standard for improving recovery, reducing cost, and reducing or even eliminating the need for risky post-surgical prescription pain medications.
Why are opioid-based pain medications a risk?
Opioid medications are also known as narcotics and are very similar to the illegal drug heroin in terms of how they work and their effects on the human body. Doctors commonly prescribe opioids for pain management, and they can have serious side effects if they are not used as prescribed. Prescription opioid-based drugs include
- Codeine (only available in generic form)
- Fentanyl (Actiq®, Duragesic®, Fentora®, Abstral®, Onsolis®)
- Hydrocodone (Hysingla ER®, Zohydro ER®)
- Hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Lorcet®, Lortab®, Norco®, Vicodin®)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid®, Exalgo®)
- Meperidine (Demerol®)
- Morphine (Kadian®, MS Contin®, Morphabond®)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin®, Oxaydo®)
- Oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet®, Roxicet®)
Because opioids are the standard for post-surgical pain relief and have a very high risk of dependence, we have developed an unfortunate opioid addiction crisis in our country with 1 out of 15 surgical patients progressing to long-term use. By offering Exparel as a highly effective and proven alternative to opioid pain control, Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center strives to keep its patients safe from the danger of post-surgical opioid dependence.
How does Exparel work?
Exparel is administered by your oral surgeon at the surgical site during your surgery, numbing pain on-site with a slow release of the medication bupivacaine (an opioid-free local anesthetic). The slow releaseof this medication allows Exparel to give you ongoing pain relief post-surgery with a single surgical dose. The medication continues to work during your recovery period, often providing relief from pain for several days. Some of the benefits of Exparel include
- Long-lasting pain control. Clinical trials have shown that patients who received Exparel during oral surgery experienced effective pain relief for several days after surgery. Often, patients who choose Exparel will not require an opioid medication for post-surgical pain — their pain will be managed successfully with Exparel alone.
- No risk of dependence.With Exparel, you can achieve highly effective post-surgical pain control without the risk of opioid dependence. Exparel is not a narcotic and is not addictive.
- No prescription hassles. Exparel is administered just once — during your surgical procedure by your oral surgeon — and it continues to work throughout your recovery period, so you are less likely to require expensive and inconvenient prescriptions post-surgery.
- Less risk for side effects. Exparel is administered in a single dose, limiting the amount of medicine you need and therefore limiting the risk for side effects.
We take pride in our personal, gentle approach to patient care and work hard to provide safe and optimal pain control for every procedure we perform. To learn more about our services, including how Exparel provides long-lasting post-surgical pain control while reducing the need for opioid medication, we encourage you to call our office with your questions or schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. McGee or Dr. Steel.