Anxiety-free Pain-free Oral Surgery
Let’s face it– no one looks forward to going to the dentist, let alone having oral surgery. The patient tends to worry most about the pain and discomfort of the procedure. The good news is that today’s advancements in anesthesia make it possible to perform both simple and complex oral surgery with little or no discomfort for the patient. Whether you’re having your wisdom teeth extracted or having more complex jaw or face reconstruction surgeryperformed, anesthesia can reduce the stress of the procedure, as well as limit or completely block any pain you would normally feel.
Anesthesia, which literally means “without sensation or feeling,” is also the term used for the drugs that create different levels of reversible “loss of sensation” conditions. Anesthesia can relieve or block pain, reduce anxiety, or give you temporary amnesia to block your memory of the surgery. Different types of anesthesia include:
- General Anesthesia causes total unconsciousness. The patient is unaware of their surroundings and does not feel any physical pain. General anesthesia can be given as gases or vapors inhaled through a mask or as a liquid injected in a vein.
- Regional Anesthesia is injected near a cluster of nerves to numb an area of the body which requires surgery. The patient can either remain awake for the procedure or can be given a sedative to go to sleep. The two most common types of regional anesthesia are spinal and epidural anesthesia.
- Local Anesthesia is injected into the tissue to numb the area that requires minor surgery.
What to Expect
At Face and Jaw Surgery Center, our expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration in order to provide you with a safe and effective outpatient procedure. Extensively trained and experienced, our surgeons have the ability to diagnose the source of your pain, determine the most effective treatment and administer the appropriate type of anesthesia. Our surgeons are also trained to maintain your vital life functions through continual monitoring and assessment before, during and after your surgery.
Prior to the procedure, you will meet with your oral surgeon to determine together which type of anesthesia is right for you. Your surgeon will inform you about any side effects and what you can expect to feel during the entire procedure. The more knowledgeable you are about all aspects of the impending surgery, the less anxiety you will experience. Our top priority is to make sure you are as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
If your doctor recommends a consultation with an oral and maxillofacial specialist, contact Face and Jaw Surgery Center at one of our four, convenient North Dakota locations. Our experienced surgeons have performed thousands of face and jaw surgeries. We can evaluate your condition and recommend the most effective treatment plan.
Face and Jaw Surgery Center serves all of North Dakota and North West Minnesota including Moorhead, MN and East Grand Forks, MN.
Bismarck, ND office
Fargo, ND office
Minot, ND office