- Steroids: minimizes swelling; given as single IV dose.
- Antibiotics: If there is existing infection.
- Anti-nausea mediation (e.g. Zofran)
What are the anesthesia options? What is IV sedation? What is the difference between IV sedation and general anesthesia? Who administers the IV sedation anesthesia What Medications are used for IV sedation? What other medications are given during anesthesia? Is IV sedation Safe? Is it possible to wake up during anesthesia or surgery? What are possible side effects or complications? Recovery from anesthesia How soon can I return to work, school, or normal activities after procedure and anesthesia? What is nitrous oxide or laughing gas? Is Laughing gas safe? What is Local Anesthesia? Is local anesthesia safe? Medical Precautions Insurance, fees, and payment options What are the anesthesia options? We offer three anesthesia options: IV sedation (asleep), nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and local anesthesia. The best option and what is chosen by significant majority of patients is IV sedation anesthesia, which provides optimum comfort and a complete painless experience. With IV sedation, you’ll take a short nap during the procedure and wake up immediately when finished. The nitrous oxide or laughing gas is a conscious sedation that helps you feel more relaxed, but not fully asleep, during the procedure. Local anesthesia is simply the numbing technique similar to what you may have had at a dentists office. You’ll be fully awake but completely numb during the procedure. What is IV sedation? IV sedation involves administration of several medication intravenously. Initially, nitrous oxide gas is given to relax you, and then a very small IV needle or catheter is placed with minimal discomfort. Patients are monitors as the medications are slowly given to achieve the right level of sleepiness. This takes no more than two to three minutes. Once you are sleep, the surgeon will start the procedure. You’ll wake up immediately when procedure is completed and recover for about 30 minutes before ready to go home. IV sedation is recommended highly for wisdom teeth extractions, extraction of teeth, bone grafting, dental implants, biopsies, and management of infections. They can be safely administered in both adults and children. What is the difference between IV sedation and general anesthesia? IV sedation results in deep sleep while patient breaths normally on their own and does not require intubation. This is contrary to general anesthesia which is usually provided in hospital setting by an anesthesiologist. With general anesthesia patient is intubated and the airway and breathing is completely controlled by the breathing tube and the a ventilator. Some refer to IV sedation as ‘office general anesthesia, but it is not true general anesthesia. Who administers the IV sedation anesthesia? IV sedation will be administered by Dr. Kazemi who is trained and licensed for this procedure. He has received extended anesthesia training in the hospital during his residency and is well familiar with anesthesia protocol, its medications, emergency and airway management, and post anesthesia recovery. What Medications are used for IV sedation? Medications typically include Valium or Versed (Benzodiazapines), Fentanyl (a narcotic), and Brevital (a short acting barbiturates) or Propofol. Medications are given as a cocktail, which means they are combined but each is given in small doses to avoid risks and complications while achieving the desired anesthesia level. What other medications given during anesthesia?