Your Comfort is Important
Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. To help you feel more relaxed during your procedure, we offer patients a variety of anesthesia options to keep you calm and at ease. We can provide separate anesthesia providers at no cost to the patient, and anesthesia options are mandatory for pediatric cases at our practice. During your consultation, your oral surgeon will discuss anesthesia options and help you choose which method is right for you. This is based on the extent of your procedure, your history with anesthesia, and your level of anxiety about the procedure.
Anesthesia carries some risk; therefore, it is crucial to receive anesthesia from qualified medical professionals. Oral surgeons undergo an additional 4 to 8 years of schooling following dental school and receive training on the safe administration of anesthesia. The staff at 7x7 Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists is highly trained and qualified to provide safe and effective anesthesia during your procedure.
We offer many forms of anesthesia to make you feel comfortable, including
- Local Anesthesia. Lidocaine is a common type of local anesthesia that is directly administered to the surgical area. It numbs the area and can also be used in combination with other methods of anesthesia for more complex surgeries.
- Nitrous Oxide. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is an inhaled form of sedation and mild pain reliever. For this type, the patient remains conscious but in a relaxed state, and it is often used in combination with other methods of anesthesia. It works quickly, and there are no side effects.
- IV Sedation. Intravenous (IV) sedation is calming and helpful to patients who experience anxiety regarding treatment. This is sometimes called twilight sleep, because the patient will drift in and out of consciousness and not experience pain. If you receive this type of sedation, you will be comfortable, relaxed, and you will not feel any pain.
- General Anesthesia. This type of anesthesia puts the patient in an unconscious state, completely unaware of the procedure being performed. Our staff closely monitors the patient's vital signs during surgery. This is a great option for anxious patients. This type of anesthesia is regularly used for wisdom teeth extraction, dental implant placements, and more complex procedures. You must have a pre-arranged designated driver to take you home after your procedure.
Do you have questions about anesthesia or sedation? We’re here to help! Contact one of our offices in San Francisco, CA, to learn more about how our practice values the comfort and safety of our patients.