3 Anesthetic Options for Oral Surgery

AnesthesiaYour oral surgeon uses anesthesia to stop you from feeling pain during the procedure. The exact type of anesthesia used depends on your personal requests as well as the doctor’s recommendation. Here are the three most common types used during oral surgery.

Local Anesthesia

You receive an injection in the gum that numbs the surgical area so the oral surgeon can perform the planned procedure. The doctor waits a few minutes to give the anesthetic time to reduce the sensation. You might feel some pressure, but you won’t be in pain.

Oral or Inhalational Sedation (laughing gas)

Both of these options allow nervous patients to undergo the anesthetic injection more easily.  Valium can be given in pill or liquid forms prior to the procedure. Laughing gas works quickly to decrease apprehension about oral surgery.


Sometimes patient’s request sedation so that they are less aware of the injection and procedure.  Dental phobia and anxiety are well treated with sedation. This anesthesia option offers you an experience where you are moderately to fully sedated. Moderate levels leave you aware of the situation, but you don’t mind what’s going on, decreasing anxiety and stress. Fully sedated options leave you completely unaware, with little or no memories of the surgery.

How to Choose the Best Dental Anesthesia Option

Collaborate with your oral surgeon to choose the anesthesia option that will lead to the best results. Many factors play into the decision-making process. Your age, health and anesthetic preference are all taken into consideration. The ultimate goal is for a successful and safe procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns about your anesthesia options before your procedure, contact Dr. Elias and Dr. Paonessa to schedule a consultation, 914-873-0045.

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