Dental surgery is often the first surgical procedure many people experience. The uncertainty of what to expect is what drives most patients’ fear. The first question patients often ask is whether they will have pain. Fortunately, modern anesthesia allows doctors to provide many complex surgeries in the dental office at little to no discomfort to the patient.
There are several forms of anesthesia available, such as nitrous oxide (also known as “Laughing Gas”) and intravenous (IV) sedation (also known as “twilight sleep” or “conscious sedation”). Your dentist can help you choose the method that is best for you by examining factors such as your level of anxiety and the type of the surgery to be performed. The anesthesia methods Dr. Woodmansee offers are explained below.