Anxiety about biopsy procedures:
Anxiety is not uncommon among people with oral lesions requiring biopsies or while awaiting for the definitive diagnosis by the oral pathologist. We’ll try our best to answer your questions and provide you with information as soon as available to help put your mind at ease.
Anxiety with oral surgery in general is mostly related to hearing of others’ bad experiences with excessive pain, swelling, and complications. We resolve this 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.