There are four main types of anesthesia that our oral surgeons administer to patients before an oral surgery. At Central Mass Oral Surgery, we offer local anesthesia, IV anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation with local anesthesia, and general anesthesia. The use of anesthesia for oral procedures provides patients with a sense of comfort and relaxation when visiting our offices in Leominster, MA, and Gardner, MA.
The form of anesthesia that Drs. Colarusso and Baran provide to a patient for their oral surgery depends on the health of the patient, the type of oral procedure, and the patient’s personal preferences. Our oral surgeons have years of training and experience administering anesthesia and maintain the highest licensure available to dental professionals to perform in-office sedation. In addition to completing dental school, oral surgeons undergo years of hands on, hospital-based training during their OMS residency program. They work alongside skilled anesthesiologists to not only learn proper administration techniques but to monitor patients throughout surgery. Our oral surgeons can answer any questions about your anesthesia options during your consultation.
Types of Anesthesia
Local Anesthesia fully numbs the surgical site to create a painless operation for the patient. This anesthetic allows the patient to remain awake and alert during the procedure without experiencing pain or discomfort. This is typically used for simple extraction procedures or in conjunction with other sedatives for more complex treatments.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) administers a sense of calm and relaxation to a patient through a breathing apparatus before the procedure begins and is used in conjunction with local anesthesia. This anesthetic combination enables the patient to remain completely conscious during the operation. Nitrous oxide anesthesia is a fantastic option for patients who experience anxiety or are extremely nervous about their treatment.
IV Sedation puts the patient in a sleep-like state. You will wake up without any memory of the surgery after one of our oral surgeons has finished the procedure. We ask that you follow the rule of no food or drink for at least eight hours before the oral surgery. Please do not drive to and from your appointment when receiving this type of anesthesia.
General Anesthesia is administered to patients receiving a more serious treatment and is normally administered in a hospital-based setting. This treatment puts the patient in an unconscious state. If you choose general anesthesia, we ask that you do not consume food or drink for eight hours prior to your oral procedure.
Anesthesia at Central Mass Oral Surgery
At Central Mass Oral Surgery, your comfort and safety are our top priority. Our team regularly goes through training to monitor patients during surgery and respond in emergency situations. Drs. Colarusso and Baran can provide anesthesia during treatment at both of our office locations in Leominster, MA, and Gardner, MA. We will thoroughly discuss your treatment options and preferences to assist you in selecting the best sedative for you.