NO SURGICAL PROCEDURE IS SIMPLE
IT IS THE SURGEON THAT MAKES YOU FEEL THAT WAY
Our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practice offers comprehensive surgical services including extraction, removal of impacted wisdom teeth, and dental implants with or without intravenous anesthetic techniques.
Each anesthesia or sedation is tailored to your specific needs, always keeping your safety in mind.
Discussing your anesthesia alternatives with Dr. Kimelman will result in the best technique to meet your desires and needs while minimizing the financial costs.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
You will no longer fear treatment
You will no longer feel any needles
You will sleep in comfort and safety
You will become pain free
We eliminate stress of dental visits
No lost work or vacation time
We will assist in insurance reimbursement
WHO IS ANESTHESIA FOR?
Nearly half of people with dental insurance still avoid dental care because of their fears and anxiety. Modern safe anesthesia techniques allow the fearful patient to have dental procedures without the anxiety associated with dentistry.
LOW PAIN THRESHOLD
Many people perceive pain differently than others, or at a much smaller stimulus. With general anesthesia and sedation techniques, these patients will have the perception of pain altered and will be pain free. Recollection of the procedure is usually absent.
ACTIVE GAG REFLEXES
Some patients will gag before the smallest X-ray film is even place in their mouth, or before they have a simple impression taken. Using anesthesia services or exclusively extra-oral X-rays (dental x-rays taken without anything in the mouth) even for the simplest procedures can eliminate the problems caused by gagging.
For physically and mentally challenged patients, and individuals emotionally uncomfortable in the traditional office setting, anesthesia service can provide a way to accomplish oral surgery as a pleasant experience.
WILL I KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON?
The patient may sometimes have a vague awareness that the dental treatment is being performed, but due to the medications, no fear or anxiety is present. Memory and recollection of the procedure is usually absent.
HOW IS THE ANESTHESIA MONITORED?
Patients are monitored using the most modern equipment, the same found in hospital operating rooms and ICUs. Our anesthesia team includes medical anesthesiologists and certified registered nurses. All aspects of vital signs including blood pressure, heart rate, ECG, pulse oximetry, end-tidal CO2 breathing monitoring, and temperature are continuously monitored. Emergency drugs and medical equipment are immediately available if they should become necessary. Due to new anesthetics available, safety is enhanced and recovery time is reduced. Each anesthesia or sedation is tailored to you specific needs, always keeping your safety in mind.
WHAT TYPES OF ANESTHESIA ARE AVAILABLE?
Almost all oral surgery can be performed painlessly with local anesthesia (“novacaine”) only. Our technique includes using a topical anesthetic (a gel which is painted on the area) which allows the injection to be less uncomfortable. For those who find the prolonged numb sensation uncomfortable, a different anesthetic can be used which will wear off more quickly.
Sedation (laughing gas or nitrous oxide) can be used to relieve the anxiety and nervousness of any procedure without the necessity of intravenous medications. The desired effect of the gas can be regulated to relieve the nervousness only, alleviate the “pinch” of the injection, or result in sleepiness and amnesia. Local anesthetics are always used as well.
Intravenous sedation is a technique of using medications to provide relief of all anxiety and produce a state of amnesia so there will not be recollection of the procedure. Supplemental oxygen as well as all monitoring devices are always utilized.
General anesthesia is an intravenous technique removing any sense of stimulation from anesthetic injections or surgical procedure. The same level of monitoring as in hospitals and ICU’s is utilized. Due to new anesthetics safety is enhanced and recovery time is reduced.