One of the most common concerns patients have when they decide to have oral surgery is about the anesthetic. Because it’s an unknown, this aspect of surgery may make people feel a bit nervous. Fortunately, your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is highly trained in the delivery of anesthesia in Austin, ensuring your safety and comfort during your procedure.
What Types of Anesthesia are Used?
There are several different types of anesthesia that can be used during oral surgery. Your surgeon will select the best one for you, based on your general health and medical history, what type of procedure you’re having, your preferences, and other factors.
In some cases, local anesthesia is used. This involves an injection of an anesthetic like Novocain to numb the nerves to the area. Often, this is combined with nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), which will make you more relaxed during the procedure. Local anesthesia is usually preferred for simpler procedures, such as an extraction or placement of an orthodontic TAD device.
In other cases, sedation or general anesthesia may be preferred. This often consists of inhaling a gas, along with medications given through an intravenous line (IV) in your arm. Sometimes, just the IV may be used, without any gas. This type of anesthesia will make you unconscious during your procedure. General anesthesia is preferred for more complex procedures, such as orthognathic (jaw realignment) surgery.
Your Oral Surgeons’ Training in Anesthesia
Dr. Flint has both a medical and dental degree. He completed a general surgery internship and has extensive training in performing anesthesia in a hospital and outpatient setting. He is also Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, which ensures that he is well-prepared to administer anesthesia in Austin and to manage any potential complications that may arise.
While many people feel nervous about receiving anesthesia, most find that the experience is actually surprisingly pleasant. Because your oral surgeon is so highly trained, you can feel completely safe and can relax during your procedure.
Talking to Your Oral Surgeon About Anesthesia
Before your surgery, your oral surgeon will take some time to review your procedure with you, including what type of anesthesia will be used and how you can expect to feel afterward. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Your surgeon wants to help you completely understand everything, so please feel free to ask as many questions as you want.
If you’re concerned about the anesthesia during your procedure, then you’ll want to choose a highly trained oral surgeon in Austin for your surgery. Dr. Derrick Flint has two doctoral degrees, one in medicine and one in dentistry. You can feel safe knowing that your anesthesia in Austin will be managed by Dr. Flint. To book an appointment to see Dr. Flint, please call (512) 838-3118.