Anesthesia Options

Anesthesia Options

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.

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.