Anesthesia as an outpatient in our office can vary from local anesthesia to general anesthesia.
- Local Anesthesia (“Novocaine”) with or without Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
- Intravenous Sedation (“Twilight Sleep”)
- General Anesthesia (Fully Asleep)
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are unique among the surgical specialties with regards to anesthesia training. Every Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon during his residency receives formal anesthesia training with the department of anesthesia in the hospital. They are taught the skills to safely administer anesthesia to patients. This includes IV sedation, general anesthesia, airway management and intubation techniques. This also includes complete training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Most states have very strict guidelines regarding the administration of anesthesia in the office to ensure patient safety. Drs. Brady, Singer, Going, Gray, King, Lewis, Pollack, Hall, Pritchett, Shessel, Winston and Jones are Board Certified by the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. Our facilities and doctors are routinely inspected and licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry to provide Anesthesia Services.
Drs. Brady, Singer, Going, Gray, King, Lewis, Pollack, Hall, Pritchett, Shessel, Winston and Jones have advanced training in all aspects of anesthesia and emergency care. Our aim is to provide our patients with highest standards of care and availability of the latest techniques and medications. It is our utmost goal to make your surgical experience as pleasant and stress free as possible while maintaining the highest levels of safety.
Many patients can have their procedures completed using a local anesthetic to “numb” the area. For those people wishing to be sedated so that they are unaware of the surgery, IV sedation is offered. Ambulatory anesthesia is the administration of medications in the office that induce either general anesthesia where the patient is totally asleep or sedation where the patient is in a semi-conscious state. All forms of IV sedation and general anesthesia are administered directly by Drs. Brady, Singer, Going, Gray, King, Lewis, Pollack, Hall, Pritchett, Shessel, Winston and Jones.
During the initial consultation you and your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will discuss the type of procedure involved, your medical history and your level of anxiety.
Some procedures due to their nature require the use of general anesthesia or IV sedation, whereas others are best accomplished under local anesthesia. The choice of anesthesia is always a personal decision and should be made only after an informative consultation with the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. In addition, during the initial consultation, you will also be given instructions to prepare for surgery such as: wearing loose warm and comfortable clothing, not having anything to eat or drink 8 hours prior to surgery, taking all of your regular medications, bringing an escort with you and making arrangements for you recovery at home.
It is important to follow all pre-operative instructions. The medications used for sedation do persist in the blood stream for up to 24 hours. Therefore it is understated that you WILL NOT operate a vehicle or operate machinery for 24 hours after undergoing sedation or general anesthesia.
We are also available to answer any specific questions you may have in regards to the anesthetic. The benefits of general anesthesia and/ or intravenous sedation include a decrease in anxiety and awareness during the surgery. This translates into near or total amnesia of the procedure, lack of noise perception and no pain. During the procedure it is important to note that patients are still given local anesthetic to “numb” the area after they are sedated or asleep. This allows patients to awaken from the anesthesia without pain.