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 is 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. Dr. Gregory McGee is 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.