Anesthesia

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After your evaluation, our doctors will make treatment recommendations for you. In our offices, a variety of anesthetic options maybe available to you including, local anesthesia (numbing of the area), nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and intravenous (IV) sedation/general anesthesia. All of our doctors have extensive training in anesthesia and are licensed by the State of Minnesota to administer all of these forms of anesthetics. We perform these procedures with the highest standard of care. It is our goal to make your surgical experience as pleasant and stress free as possible while maintaining the highest level of safety.

A local anesthetic, or numbing of the area is what most people have experience with at their dentist's office. Local anesthesia can be used alone or in conjunction with other techniques. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas can be given to you as a relaxant for minor procedures. It does not put you to sleep like an intravenous sedation will, but for many individuals, particularly children, it is a helpful adjunct.

An intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthetic maybe a treatment option for you. After a review of your treatment needs, medical history, anxiety level and desires, an IV sedation maybe indicated.

You will be given very specific instructions in preparation of your surgery and IV sedation, these include:

  • Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to surgery
  • Wear loose, short sleeve, comfortable clothing
  • Bring an escort/driver with you
  • Take your regular medication with a small sip of water as instructed by your oral surgeon or physician

Our aim with IV sedation/general anesthesia is to make you as relaxed as possible for your procedure, in the safest possible environment. You will be monitored during your entire procedure with monitoring equipment much as you would be during a similar procedure in the hospital. This will entail non-invasive monitors we will place on you such as EKG pads, blood pressure cuff and a pulse oximeter monitor on your finger. A small intravenous line will be placed by our surgeons, and IV medicatons will be used to sedate you. Once the procedure has been completed and you are awake, you will be helped to a recovery room where you can relax. We will then bring your escort to your recovery room and go through all of the postoperative instructions, prescriptions, follow-up appointments if indicated, and answer any questions you or your escort may have. We will then discharge you to the care of your escort when you have adequately recovered.

Operation of a motor vehicle or machine for 24 hours after general anesthesia is not permitted.

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