Our ooffice is committed to making your surgical experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We offer several anesthetic options including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and intravenous sedation/anesthesia. Dr. Murphy will review your options with you and together you will decide which is best for you.
Local anesthetics are numbing agents applied to the area where the surgical procedure is to be performed. Patients electing just local anesthesia may eat and drink prior to their appointment. Apprehensive patients may wish to add Ativan, an oral pre-medication taken 1 1/2 hours prior to their procedure to help them relax. Patients choosing this option may still eat and drink prior to their appointment, but a driver will be necessary to bring them to their appointment and take them home, as after taking Ativan they may not drive.
Local with Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, helps to relieve anxiety and reduce pain during the procedure. The gas is administered through a mask over your nose and its effects wear off quickly once the procedure is finished and the mask is removed. You may eat and drink prior to the procedure and, because the effects of the nitrous are quickly reversed, you do not need a driver.
IV sedation is the deepest form of anesthetic that we offer. A responsible adult must drive you to your appointment, stay in the office during the procedure, and then drive you home and take care of you for the rest of the day. If you are receiving IV sedation, upon arrival at our office we will confirm that you have had nothing to eat or drink for at least 8 hours prior to your procedure. The only exception is that you may take your prescribed medication that Dr. Murphy has authorized with small sips of water only.
Once seated, our surgical team will place monitors to measure your vital signs and the oxygen levels in your blood. Monitoring continues throughout the procedure until you are awake enough to go home. A mask over your nose will administer oxygen and then laughing gas. Dr. Murphy will gently place an IV in your arm to administer the sleeping agent. The procedure will be performed while you are comfortably sedated. When finished, you will be awakened and allowed to rest until you are awake enough for your driver to take you home.
A large percentage of our patients undergo IV sedation for more extensive procedures. Dr. Murphy is a board certified Oral Surgeon who has received extensive training in anesthesia as part of his 4 year residency after dental school and undergoes continued anesthesia training as well as facility inspections. Oral surgeons have more anesthesia training than any other dental or medical specialty and are the only health care specialists aside from anesthesiologists who are permitted to administer all levels of anesthesia. The record of oral and maxillofacial surgeons is excellent in regards to anesthesia safety and comfort.