Anesthesia & Managing Anxiety

Anxiety about bone grafting procedures:

Anxiety is not uncommon among people having bone grafting, dental implants or other types of oral surgery. This anxiety is mostly related to hearing others’ bad experiences with excessive pain, swelling, or complications. Some people express their fear about grafting, its invasive nature, and potential complications. The fact is most bone grafting procedures are no more invasive than removing an impacted wisdom tooth and rate of complications, when performed properly, are extremely low.

Anxiety about surgery can be resolved in several ways. First, the use of IV sedation allows patients to nap during the surgery. This helps greatly to make them comfortable and reduce anxiety. Second, patients will be cared for by a group of affable staff members who take time to personally connect with each patient and allay their fears and concerns. Third, the surgery is done conservatively, which minimizes or avoids swelling, pain, and complications.

Anesthesia as the solution:

The best way to manage anxiety and make sure you have the best possible experience is to opt for IV sedation. It is the recommended and chosen by many patients. Dr. Kazemi is trained and licensed in administering office anesthesia.  Its safety is attributed to continued monitoring techniques, short acting nature of the medications, availability of emergency equipment, and most importantly proper training of the surgeon and the staff. Other options are local anesthesia, with or without nitrous oxide (laughing gas) but patient is completely awake and fully aware of the procedure.

6/6/10-Lucinda Ebersole
“I suck as a patient. Generally I hyperventilate and become so stressed out I am in pain before I get to the doctor. Dr. Kazemi makes me feel safe. He puts me to sleep, does the procedure and I never have a problem. His staff always follows up with my progress. It is not dinner and a movie, but if you have to have oral surgery, it is 5 Michelin stars.”