Skip to main content

We care about your comfort and safety throughout your treatment. Our practice offers several anesthesia and sedation options, which your surgeon will review with you during your first visit to our practice. As oral surgeons, Dr. Livesay, Dr. Carey, and Dr. Naselsker have all undergone extensive training and education to administer all types of anesthesia safely.

Regardless of the type of anesthesia chosen for your surgery, we will provide detailed instructions for you to follow before and after your procedure. We will go through these instructions with you in person, as well as send them directly to your phone. We also have general pre-operative and post-operative instructions posted on our website for your convenience. If you have any questions about these instructions at any time, please feel free to contact us.

Types of Anesthesia

Our practice offers several forms of anesthesia.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia numbs the surgical area only and is often used in conjunction with other forms of anesthesia, such as nitrous oxide.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide provides mild sedation and pain relief. Often paired with local anesthesia, nitrous oxide helps patients feel calm and relaxed.

IV Sedation

Like its name implies, this type of sedation is administered intravenously. Also known as twilight sedation, IV sedation puts the patient in a semi-conscious state.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia renders the patient unconscious throughout the procedure. This type of anesthesia is often used when performing more complex procedures, such as jaw surgery.

Can Oral Surgeons Perform Anesthesia?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly qualified to administer anesthesia safely. As surgical specialists of the head, neck, jaws, and face, they undergo rigorous education and training after dental school. This involves a hospital-based surgical residency, which takes between 4 and 6 years to complete. This gives the oral surgeon hands-on experience in all aspects of surgery, including anesthesia administration.

Additionally, all our surgeons at Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Studio are board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This certification is recognized for the highest standards of care and excellence among oral surgeons in the United States.

How to Prepare for Anesthesia Before Oral Surgery

We provide all patients with detailed instructions to follow before and after their oral surgery procedure. For your convenience, we have posted our general instructions on our website. Please follow all instructions provided to you by your surgeon, and call our office if you have any questions.

Please note that all patients undergoing IV sedation or general anesthesia must have a responsible adult to remain in the office during the procedure and drive the patient home afterward.

Exceptional Care You Can Count On

Experience a higher level of care from the experts at Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Studio. Learn more about what to expect as a patient at our practice, the oral surgery procedures we offer, and how to get in touch with us. We look forward to caring for you.