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Portland Oral and Facial Surgery: Sedation and Anesthesia

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At Portland Oral and Facial Surgery, your comfort and safety are our top priorities. We understand that dental procedures, particularly oral surgeries, can cause anxiety for many patients. Our team of highly trained oral surgeons is well-versed in a variety of sedation and anesthesia techniques, designed to provide a calm and pain-free experience during both simple and complex dental procedures.

Understanding Sedation and Anesthesia

Sedation and anesthesia are used to manage pain and anxiety during dental procedures. They range from mild sedation, where you remain awake but relaxed, to general anesthesia, where you are completely unconscious. The level and type of sedation or anesthesia used will depend on the nature of the procedure and your personal comfort level.

Sedation & Anesthesia in Oral Surgery

Oral surgeries, such as dental implants or wisdom tooth extraction, often require stronger forms of sedation or anesthesia due to their complexity. These might include:
  • Intravenous (IV) Sedation: This is a type of conscious sedation where you are awake but in a state of deep relaxation. You may not remember much of the procedure afterward.
  • General Anesthesia: During general anesthesia, you are completely unconscious. This is typically reserved for more complex or lengthy surgeries.

Sedation & Anesthesia in Simpler Dental Procedures

Even for simpler dental procedures, such as fillings or crowns, sedation can help patients who experience dental anxiety or have a low pain threshold. Options for these procedures might include:
  • Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas): This form of mild sedation helps you relax during the procedure. The effects wear off quickly, allowing you to drive yourself home after the appointment.
  • Oral Sedation: For oral sedation, you take a pill that produces a moderate level of sedation. You’ll be awake but very relaxed, and you might not remember much about the procedure.
At Portland Oral and Facial Surgery, our skilled team will thoroughly discuss all available options and recommend the most suitable sedation or anesthesia method based on your needs and the specific procedure. Our goal is to ensure that your experience with us is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
We are committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment for all of our patients. To learn more about our sedation and anesthesia options or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.