At Mountain State Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we want every patient to feel safe, comfortable, and informed. Our oral surgeons have undergone extensive training in the administration of anesthesia and will determine the most appropriate method based on your procedure, overall health, and individual preference. In addition to local anesthesia, we offer IV sedation, nitrous oxide sedation, and general anesthesia.
During your procedure, you will be cared for in one of our surgical suites equipped with the latest technology and monitoring systems to ensure a comfortable experience.
Types of Anesthesia
Local anesthesia. Administered directly into the surgical site, local anesthesia numbs the location and surrounding area. Local anesthesia allows the patient to be completely conscious and aware during the procedure, but they will not experience any pain or discomfort. The patient may eat and drink as normal until the time of the appointment. Local anesthesia may also be used in combination with other sedatives, such as nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Nitrous oxide is a common inhaled anesthetic that causes a relaxed feeling. Although the patient is still conscious, they are less aware of their surroundings. Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a preferred anesthetic option for many patients. Because it wears off quickly, nitrous oxide leaves no lingering sedative effects. Patients may not eat or drink anything for two hours before the scheduled surgery time.
Intravenous (IV) sedation and general anesthesia. With IV sedation, a sedative is administered through an intravenous line, usually in the arm. Also known as twilight sedation, IV sedation causes the patient not to remember their surgery; therefore, no pain, discomfort, or anxiety is experienced during the procedure. It is a preferred method for wisdom teeth removal procedures.
General anesthesia is necessary for many complex surgical cases, such as facial trauma or orthognathic surgery. It can also be used in patients who experience moderate to severe anxiety ahead of their procedure. Patients are completely asleep under general anesthesia, and it is usually performed in a hospital setting.
Patients who opt for IV sedation or general anesthesia may experience increased drowsiness for 12–24 hours following their procedure.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most qualified dental professionals to perform anesthesia in an office setting because they are required to earn the highest level of licensure possible for dental practitioners and complete extensive hands-on surgical training to obtain their credentials. All of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery are fully credentialed and experienced in the administration of anesthesia. You can feel confident that you are in experienced and caring hands at Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery.
Exparel® for Effective Pain Control
The growing opioid crisis in our country continues to be of great concern to us, and Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery is proud to offer Exparel to our patients as an opioid-free option for extended pain relief post-surgery. Because of Exparel’s clinically proven results, its ease of tolerability, and its safety profile, this medication is quickly becoming a favored pain control medication by both oral surgeons and patients.
Our board-certified oral surgeons are dedicated to offering you the very best care with the least amount of risk, and they all agree that Exparel is an excellent choice for their patients to enjoy a comfortable, safe recovery from oral surgery without the risk of opioid dependence.
How does Exparel work?
Receiving Exparel is easy. Your oral surgeon will administer a single dose of the medication to your surgical site while you are still in surgery. This powerful dose will take effect immediately, slowly releasing into your area of surgery, providing pain relief for several days into your recovery.
Benefits of Exparel include
- One dose for long-lasting pain control. Clinical trials show that Exparel delivers effective, long-lasting pain relief in just one dose.
- Safe, non-addictive, and non-narcotic. Exparel is proven to be well tolerated and safe, without the risks or side effects associated with opioid-based prescriptions.
- No prescriptions to fill. Prescription pain medications can often be postponed or eliminated post-surgery.
At Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery, we provide top-notch surgical care for our patients before, during, and after their treatments. By adding Exparel to your treatment plan, you are helping to assure that you have a comfortable recovery that is safe from the risks and side effects of opioid medications.
Exparel in Charleston, Hurricane (Teays Valley), Huntington, Parkersburg, and Beckley, WV, and Ashland, KY
During your pre-surgical consultation with one of our doctors, you will have an opportunity to talk about adding Exparel to your treatment plan. Please contact our office with your questions or to schedule your consultation. The entire team at Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery thanks you for the opportunity to provide you with excellent oral surgery care!