Administration of local anesthesia by injection numbs the surgical site and the adjacent area. You will be fully aware of the procedure, including the vibrations, sounds, and pressure sensations associated with the surgery which may be somewhat annoying, but it will not hurt. This is the way most procedures are done in your dentist’s office.
Oral medications (Valium) and local anesthesia will used for your oral surgery. You will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment and remain in the office during your surgery. Someone should stay with you after your surgery. The meal prior to your appointment should be liquids only.
Medication is administered in intravenously to make you sleepy and sedated. You will be able to respond to verbal instructions and may know what is going on during your appointment. You must come in on a completely empty stomach and someone must drive you to and from your appointment and remain in the office during your surgery. Someone must remain with you all day following your surgery.
This is NOT a surgical plane of anesthesia, which you would experience in a hospital for a major operation. You are NOT paralyzed or intubated. Medication is administered intravenously to sedate you to the point that you will probably keep your eyes closed during the procedure and may not respond to verbal instructions. You will not really know what is going on and in all likelihood you will not remember your surgery, although some awareness and memory is possible. You must come in on a completely empty stomach and someone must drive you to and from your appointment and remain in the office during your surgery. Someone must remain with you all day following your surgery.
If you have any questions regarding the above information, please don’t hesitate to ask. As a general recommendation for your anesthetic choice, choose the option with which you are the most comfortable.
Dee Dee Richardson is the registered nurse for our oral surgery practice. She received her B.S.N. in 1984 from East Tennessee State University. Her nursing experience includes 22 years of critical care, ICU, and operating room positions. Dee Dee’s vast knowledge in anesthesia and recovery room care enhances the level of care we provide our patients. She joined our practice in 2004 and assists with IV Anesthesia procedures and recovery of our sedated patients. Foothills Oral Surgery is one of the few practices in our area to have a registered nurse on staff.