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At our Massachusetts practice, we recognize that patients may be feeling uneasy about their upcoming oral surgery; for this reason, we offer sedation options. Using a sedative is a great way to help ease anxiety and ensure that patients are comfortable during their procedure. Our team is experienced in administering both conscious and non-conscious sedation, and we will decide the best option depending on the patient’s needs and surgical requirements. 

Overall, you can be confident that you will be taken care of by a team of seasoned professionals. Not only will you achieve outstanding surgical results, but you will be comfortable throughout the process. Call our office today, or read below, to learn more about our sedation options.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is one of the two options provided at our office for patients undergoing oral or maxillofacial surgery. It is a type of moderate sedation that is administered directly into the bloodstream, and it begins taking effect very quickly upon administration. The effects of IV sedation cause patients to enter into a dream-like state, where they remain conscious but may retain no memory of the procedure. Following surgery, it is considered common for many patients to feel drowsy. For this reason, it is important that arrangements are made for someone to drive the patient home after their procedure.

Our team is highly experienced in administering IV sedation, and we will closely monitor you throughout your procedure to ensure your safety and comfort. If you are considering IV sedation for your upcoming surgery, we encourage you to speak with our team to learn more about this option and to determine if it is right for you.

General Anesthesia 

General anesthesia is the deepest form of sedation and utilizes intravenous or respirable sedatives to render a person unconscious during their surgery. This allows our doctors to perform any complex or invasive procedures without the patient experiencing any discomfort or anxiety. The patient’s vital signs are closely monitored during the entire procedure to ensure their safety. 

When the procedure is completed, the patient is slowly brought out of sedation and monitored until they are discharged from our care. Lingering side effects include grogginess and disorientation, which is why we advise patients to have someone drive them home and stay with them for the first 24 hours after their procedure.

Why Choose Sedation

There are several benefits to using sedation during oral surgery; these include the following:

  • First, it can help to reduce any anxiety or fear that the patient may be feeling. This can make the entire experience more comfortable and less stressful. 
  • Secondly, sedation can alleviate any discomfort that may be associated with the procedure. This can help to ensure that the patient stays still and relaxed throughout the surgery. 
  • Lastly, sedation can aid our team in working more quickly and efficiently. This is because the patient is more relaxed and cooperative, which can help to shorten the overall length of the surgery. 

Overall, sedation can be a great way to improve the experience of oral surgery for both the patient and our team. If you have any questions or concerns about sedation, please don’t hesitate to ask. We would be more than happy to discuss all of your options with you.