Anesthesia

When it comes to our patients, Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center values patient safety and comfort above all else. While administering anesthesia our first priority is you. If our patients have any concerns or questions regarding type of anesthesia administered during oral surgery, please do not hesitate to ask.

There are several methods of anesthesia are available. Method of anesthesia chosen will depend upon the nature of the problem as well as surgical procedure utilized.

Method of Anesthesia Description of Technique Usual Indications
Local Anesthetic Patient remains awake and conscious throughout procedure. Local anesthetic (lidocaine, for example) is administered in focal area and is often used in conjunction with the other methods of anesthesia during oral surgery procedures. Often used for simple and standard procedures. Simple oral surgery procedures such as minor soft tissue procedures and simple tooth extractions.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation with Local Anesthetic We can use a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen, which is administered through an effective nasal breathing apparatus. Patient remains conscious, but in a relaxed condition. Nitrous oxide exhibits a sedative, analgesic (pain-deafening) effect. Used for simple to more involved oral surgery procedures, like tooth extraction and dental implant placement.
Office Based General Anesthesia with Local Anesthetic* With this method we administer medication through I.V. (intravenous line). Patient falls asleep, rendered completely unaware of the procedure. Fentanyl (opiate), Versed (benzodiazepine), Diprivan, and Ketamine are most often used. Supplemental oxygen can be delivered through nasal breathing apparatus. Patient vital signs are always closely monitored. Our patients may choose general anesthesia for simple procedures if they have increased treatment anxiety. Many patients who need their wisdom teeth removed or an implant placed will choose general anesthesia.
Hospital or Surgery Center Based General Anesthesia Patient is admitted to a hospital (or surgery center) where anesthesia can be administered by a professional anesthesiologist. This method is used for patients undergoing extensive procedures, like face and jaw reconstruction, or even TMJ surgery.

Safe, Effective Anesthesia

Our monitoring devices and emergency equipment go through rigorous testing by doctors, surgical staff, and third party evaluators, ensuring optimum capabilities for handling of anesthesia-related emergencies. We are state dental board licensed to perform anesthesia.

Your Initial Consultation

Contact Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center today to learn more about our practice and the many ways we create a comfortable and supportive atmosphere. Our team is dedicated to providing you with top notch service every step of the way. During your initial consultation, we’ll determine the best course of treatment that achieves the results you’re looking for.