In order to make sure that we can carry through with your procedure, you must adhere to a few preoperative rules. First of all, make sure you are on time! We typically schedule operations between the hours of 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. We would love to start on time so we don’t inconvenience our other patients and so that you are guaranteed the best service that we have to offer. Also, you shouldn’t drink any water or eat any food 6 hours prior to the surgery. Doing this could prevent us from being able to perform the operation. Follow these two simple rules, and there should be nothing in the way of having a successful oral surgery!
To minimize pain and other effects from surgery, follow these rules:
Oral and maxillofacial surgery involves using anesthesia or other medication to put you at ease during your procedure. This must be done carefully, and the doctor must have a confident grasp on the amount of anesthesia he or she is giving to a patient. Dr. Frank specializes in oral surgery, so he deals with anesthesia on a daily basis. Because Dr. Frank has received the necessary training in sedation during surgery, we offer all levels of sedation:
General anesthesia – General anesthesia is also given in the form of an IV. This medication results in the complete loss of consciousness, so you will not remember any of the surgery and will need more time for the sedation effects to wear off. General anesthesia is known for having an excellent safety record for an office procedure but can also be used within a hospital setting.
Oral sedation – May be an alternative option to local anesthesia. It is medication taken orally to put you into a relaxed state before operation.
Nitrous oxide – Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used in tandem with local anesthesia as well as the sedation choices below. You will be completely relaxed and less aware of your surroundings, but you’ll remember your procedure.
IV sedation – A medicine given to you through IV into your arm or hand. This causes complete relaxation but will not render you unconscious. However, you will remember little to nothing about the procedure.