Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive years of additional education and training beyond dental school. This ensures they are qualified to perform the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as the safe administration of anesthesia. At Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we offer several options for anesthesia, so our patients can feel completely at ease during their procedure. The type of anesthesia that will be selected for your surgical procedure will depend on factors such as your health history, personal preference, and type of surgery. You and Dr. Boynton will discuss your options and select the appropriate type of anesthesia in advance of your surgery.
In addition to helping patients feel comfortable during their procedure, we care about the comfort and safety of our patients every step of the way. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Types of Anesthesia
Common types of anesthesia include
- Local anesthesia. A type of anesthesia that is administered directly into the site, local anesthesia provides localized numbness; as such, it provides pain relief and allows the patient to remain conscious. Nitrous oxide is commonly used with local anesthesia.
- Nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide provides feelings of relaxation while allowing the patient to remain conscious throughout the procedure. This type of anesthesia is administered by a mask where the sedative is inhaled through the nose.
- Intravenous (IV) sedation. A patient will enter a sleep-like state with IV sedation. It is a common anesthetic selection for wisdom teeth and dental implant patients.
- Hospital- or Surgery Center-Based General Anesthesia. An anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia in a hospital or surgery center. General anesthesia is typically used for procedures that are complex or extensive.
Long-Lasting Pain Control With EXPAREL®
EXPAREL is a one-dose, non-narcotic pain relief option for patients undergoing surgery. This single dose is administered by your doctor during the procedure and starts to take effect before the anesthesia wears off.
EXPAREL works by numbing the area where surgery was performed, controlling pain during surgery and continuing for several days. Clinical studies using EXPAREL reported that patients given EXPAREL during wisdom teeth removal surgeries reported less pain and required fewer opioids.
Visit the EXPAREL website to learn more about reducing the need for opioids.
The Real Risk of Opioids
Did you know that 99% of patients receive an opioid to manage post-operative pain? Younger patients are 3 times more likely to develop an addiction to opioids, and 4 out of 5 new heroin users started out by misusing opioids. Additionally, opioids can cause nausea, vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, and confusion. Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants is doing its part to combat the opioid crisis in America by offering safe, non-narcotic pain relief that greatly reduces or eliminates the need for opioids.
Benefits of a Non-Opioid
Opioids are systemic, which means they affect the entire body. Since EXPAREL is applied directly to the surgical site, it begins working effectively at reducing pain in the area that needs it.
Patients could require many doses of opioids to manage pain, which could lead to the misuse of opioids and future addictions.
EXPAREL has been used in over 6 million patients and has been clinically proven to reduce the need for opioids.
Side effects of pain medication could increase recovery time and impact daily life. EXPAREL works in the target area so patients can recover without worrying about side effects or disruption to their routine.
You Have a Say in How Your Pain Is Managed After Surgery
Contact our office to learn more about your options for pain management during treatment. You can visit the official EXPAREL website to learn more information about how it works and read about opioid facts, case studies, and watch videos. We’re excited to provide our patients with a safe alternative to narcotic pain relief, and we look forward to caring for you and your loved ones.
Anesthesia Options in Sonoma, CA
Throughout their treatment, patients should feel safe, comfortable, and informed. At Sonoma Valley Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we know that any oral surgery procedure can cause some anxiety in many patients. We want to make sure you have an optimal experience and outcome with us. Dr. Boynton will discuss your options for anesthesia and work with you to select the option that is right for you.