At Fullerton Oral Surgery, we provide sedation options for patients undergoing oral surgery procedures. Call our office at 714-525-1178 or contact us online to learn more about our sedation options and schedule an appointment.
What Is Sedation in Oral Surgery?
Many patients are anxious about dental work, and oral surgery in particular. Sedation is an important part of oral surgery. When patients know that they will be comfortable under sedation, they are less likely to put off necessary procedures.
Many oral surgery procedures are lengthy, and a patients’ comfort with these procedures greatly increase when they are under sedation.
Sedation also makes patients relaxed to the point where they will not move during the procedure, making the process safer for both the surgeon and the patient.
We use local anesthetic for all of our procedures. When injected into the gum and oral tissues, local anesthetic takes care of pain sensations during dental work.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation with Local Anesthetic
Nitrous oxide sedation with local anesthetic is appropriate for many less complex procedures. It is often enough for wisdom teeth removal and dental implant placement.
Nitrous oxide is a sweet-smelling gas that produces euphoria and a lessened sensation when inhaled through a small nose mask.
Many patients, especially patients with anxiety, opt for IV sedation during oral surgery procedures. This sedation produces a state sometimes called “twilight sleep,” where a patient is conscious but deeply relaxed.
Hospital-Based IV Sedation
In cases where local anesthesia is ineffective due to infection or when patients need special monitoring, procedures can happen in a hospital setting.
Why Choose Fullerton Oral Surgery?
Our warm, friendly office environment will put you at ease, even if you are anxious about oral surgery. We pride ourselves on offering high-quality oral surgery services in a modern atmosphere.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation in Oral Surgery
Here are selected patient questions about sedation:
With nitrous oxide, can I drive myself to and from the appointment?
Yes, one of the advantages of nitrous oxide sedation is that it wears off quickly.
How should I prepare for IV sedation?
You should not eat or drink anything for 6 hours before the procedure. Avoid driving or operating machinery for at least 24 hours after anesthesia. You will need a responsible adult to drive you both ways.
Will I remember my procedure under IV sedation?
Most patients do not remember their procedures, although this is a "conscious" form of sedation. You will be deeply relaxed but able to respond to the surgeon's requests. If you have any memories, they will likely be hazy.
Call Fullerton Oral Surgery
Many of our patients are nervous about oral surgery. We can take care of your anxiety by providing you with dental anesthesia. You will have multiple options for anesthesia and sedation. Call us at 714-525-1178 with questions or to set up an appointment for a consultation.