Advanced dental procedures, such as dental implants, tooth extractions, and bone grafting, require anesthesia as part of their treatment plan. Dr. William Schiro provides a variety of safe, traditional, and innovative anesthesia options at Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center in Lansing, Michigan to increase the comfort for you and your family when you’re in the dental chair. Learn more about anesthesia and sedation dentistry by calling his friendly staff or schedule an appointment online.

What is anesthesia?

Anesthesia is a form of sedation that helps relieve your dental anxiety and numbs the treatment area. Some forms of anesthesia, like local anesthetic and nitrous oxide, keep you conscious or semiconscious during treatment. Others, such as general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, put you to sleep or partial sleep.

The various techniques offered by Dr. Schiro provide different levels of sedation. Some forms of anesthesia wear off shortly after treatment, and others linger on for several hours after your visit.

What are the different types of anesthesia administration?

For extensive oral surgery, you’re likely to receive anesthesia from an anesthesiologist in a hospital or surgery center. Dr. Schiro offers three types of anesthesia and sedation at his office:

  • Local anesthetic (lidocaine injections)
  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) with local anesthetic
  • Intravenous (IV) anesthesia with prescription medication

What are the benefits of anesthesia?

If you’re sensitive to pain or have anxiety about going to the dentist, anesthesia or sedation dentistry can make your dental visits more comfortable. You can stay relaxed and numb throughout treatment, making it that much easier to undergo a series of procedures.

Administering anesthesia when appropriate or requested is just one of the extra steps Dr. Schiro and his supporting team take to ensure your comfort while they care for you. Their goal is always to eliminate or reduce as much of your pain and discomfort as possible.

What types of procedures require anesthesia?

Dr. Schiro determines what type of anesthesia or form of sedation is most appropriate based on the treatment you receive. The following procedures typically require anesthesia:

  • Minor soft tissue procedures
  • Tooth extractions
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Dental implant placements
  • Multiple tooth extractions
  • Extensive oral surgeries

What can I expect with anesthesia?

If you received a local anesthetic injected into the gums, the effects typically wear off within a couple of hours. Intravenous anesthesia makes you feel very relaxed and even sleepy after treatment, so you might need to take a nap. Nitrous oxide wears off almost immediately after the gas is stopped and men, women, and children rarely experience any side effects.

Notably, Dr. Schiro recommends having someone drive you home after intravenous sedation or treatment with nitrous oxide.

Learn more about anesthesia and sedation dentistry for you and your family, call the friendly and helpful staff at Michigan Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center or conveniently schedule your appointment online.

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