You may want or need to have some form of anesthesia for a variety of reasons when you’re having oral or facial surgery. At Bedford Associates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Col. John McPhillips, DDS, MD, provides anesthesia services ranging from local anesthetics to numb your mouth for an extraction to general anesthesia to put you to sleep during a more complex procedure. If you live in or around Bedford, Texas, and are looking for an expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon with extensive experience in administering anesthesia, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.
Dr. McPhillips provides a comprehensive range of anesthesia services to ensure your comfort during your oral or maxillofacial surgical procedure.
Local anesthesia numbs a specific area of your body, such as your gums and jaw around a tooth that requires a simple extraction. Dr. McPhillips provides the numbing agent with an injection. You may feel some pressure, but no pain, with a local anesthetic.
Often referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a light form of sedation that helps you relax during a procedure. You wear a small mask that covers your nose and inhale the gas to take the edge off of any nervousness of your procedure. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off almost as soon as you remove the mask and begin to breathe normally.
Dr. McPhillips administers conscious sedation intravenously. You’re not fully asleep, but you’re deeply relaxed and unaware of your surroundings in a twilight state throughout your procedure. You will need someone to drive you home after your surgery as the effects of conscious sedation take some time to wear off.
General anesthesia is another form of intravenous sedation, but instead of entering a twilight state, you are unconscious for your procedure. Dr. McPhillips has extensive training in administering general anesthesia. You have no memory of your procedure and suffer no side effects when your sedation wears off aside from grogginess.
You should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure.
Dr. McPhillips provides extensive presurgical consultations and discusses your general health, the procedure, and your anesthesia options with you. He recommends anesthesia options depending on the length of time needed for your surgery and its level of invasiveness.
Approximately 25% of his patients choose to stay awake during their procedures, and you can choose the level of sedation you feel most comfortable with before your surgery.
Depending on the type of anesthesia Dr. McPhillips uses during your procedure, you may feel relaxed or you may not be aware of your surroundings. Regardless of the strength of your anesthesia, you can count on expert care and second-to-none safety standards.
Call Bedford Associates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery or schedule a consultation online today for expert surgical care including anesthesia services.