Local Anesthesia involves injections in the oral cavity to provide numbness of the surgical site. Utilizing a local anesthetic alone, you will remain alert and aware of your surroundings.
This technique involves placing an IV and administrating medications through the IV to help reduce consciousness, help relaxation and decrease stress. With this technique you may not have anything to eat or drink for six hours prior to surgery and an adult must escort you home.
INTRAVENOUS GENERAL ANESTHESIA / DEEP CONSCIOUS SEDATION
This anesthetic technique allows for the patient to become unconscious during their surgical procedure. Most patients will be completely unaware of their surgical procedure. This is different from a general anesthetic in the hospital, in that you will not be intubated and will not be paralyzed as in a day surgery setting. This technique also requires that someone must accompany you home and should be available to stay with you.
Please note that patients taking regular medications should provide this information to our office so we can advise you of any special instructions. Most daily medications will be taken as usual with a small amount of water even if it is within the six-hour timeframe. Please make sure you provide a complete list so we can safely provide your care. We are following the highest standard of care as set forth by the American Association of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgeons.
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