Harvard Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Procedures

Anesthesia

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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons train as surgical specialists for four to seven years following dental school, during which they are trained extensively in anesthesia, sedation, and pain relief.

No one looks forward to oral surgery procedures, but today’s oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer a wide range of techniques to relieve the pain and anxiety associated with wisdom tooth removal, implant placement, tooth extraction, and biopsies. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will take a comprehensive history designed to help recommend the safest and most effective anesthesia for your operation.

Your anesthesia plan will involve a combination of agents that target pain both during and after the operation. General anesthesia may be administered intravenously or in a gas form. Conscious sedation may be delivered intravenously or in a gas form such as nitrous oxide or “laughing gas.” Local anesthesia is injected into the site to provide pain relief both during and following the procedure. Oral medications provide post-operative pain control and can be self-administered in the days following the procedure.

It is important to understand what anesthesia is planned for your procedure and to follow pre-operative instructions precisely. Many types of anesthesia require that you do not eat or drink anything for at least six hours prior to surgery. In addition, it is recommended that you arrange an escort to assist you with transportation following the procedure.