Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is unique in that we have on-site anesthesiologists to support our trained and experienced oral surgeons. All oral surgeons undergo rigorous anesthesia training, but having a separate anesthesiologist allows your surgeon to focus fully on the procedure at hand. This emphasis on safety led to our receiving Joint Commission accreditation for surgical care in an office setting. All of our facilities are equipped with the most reliable monitoring equipment for your safety and comfort.
Our anesthesiologists and oral surgeons are trained to administer all forms of anesthesia. So we can accommodate patients of all ages, our staff is also trained in pediatric care to ensure that your child is safe and comfortable when they need dental or surgical care. When you come in for your pre-surgery consultation, your surgeon will discuss your anesthesia options and help you choose the right one for your procedure. Below are some brief descriptions of the different forms of anesthesia we provide at our offices:
- Local anesthesia is a shot that numbs the area of the procedure and prevents pain. Patients who have had fillings or other minor dental procedures may have previous experience with local anesthesia. If local anesthesia is the only form of anesthesia used for your procedure, you will remain fully awake throughout. You may eat a light meal before your procedure, and you will be able to drive yourself home afterward.
- Nitrous oxide gas is often used to reduce pre-surgery anxiety. Sometimes nitrous oxide and local anesthesia are used together to help patients stay calm and comfortable throughout their procedure.
- IV sedation allows patients to enter into a sleep-like state. Patients who undergo IV sedation often find that the procedure is over before they know it has begun. You may not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before having IV sedation, and you will need a responsible adult to drive you home after your appointment.
- IV General Anesthesia is used for patients with more anxiety and more complex procedures. Patients who undergo general anesthesia will be unconscious during surgery, and a separate anesthesiologist will do the anesthesia. Your surgeon will not be doing your surgery and general anesthesia at the same time. Patients cannot eat or drink for at least eight hours before their procedure.
- Inhalation Induction General anesthesia is used for patients with a fear of needles. This is often the anesthesia of choice for our pediatric patients. In those circumstances, we allow parents to enter the operating room during this process. Patients who undergo inhalation induction general anesthesia will be unconscious during surgery, and a separate anesthesiologist will do the anesthesia. Your surgeon will not be doing your surgery and general anesthesia at the same time. Patients cannot eat or drink for at least eight hours before their procedure.
Anesthesia at Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Our offices in Los Angeles, CA, and Bakersfield, CA, are held to the same standards as hospital operating rooms. Whether you are having a simple tooth extraction or an extensive jaw surgery, you can rest assured that our surgical and anesthesia staff are doing everything they can to make sure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible.
If you have questions about your anesthesia options, one of our staff members or oral surgeons will be happy to speak with you and answer your questions during a consultation appointment. Your safety, comfort, and care are our top priorities, and our staff will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable and prepared for your procedure.