Sedation Dentistry Options in Santa Cruz
After your complete evaluation, Dr. Yellich, Dr. Cheng, or Dr. Khalilzadeh will make a treatment recommendation that may include a surgical procedure. Our doctors offer their patients a wide range of anesthetic choices for the surgical procedure. You will have the option of choosing one or more of the following methods to control your pain and anxiety:
- Local anesthesia that numbs the surgical area
- Nitrous oxide-oxygen or laughing gas to relax you
- Intravenous sedation for a more profound relaxation
- General anesthesia for a sleep-like state during the procedure
The doctors are licensed in California to administer General Anesthesia and IV Sedation. All procedures are performed with the highest standard of care in monitoring and anesthetic care. The doctors will explain all options to you and assist you in making the most appropriate anesthetic decision.
If you have questions about the sedation Santa Cruz Oral Surgery provides, contact us today!
Anesthesia as an outpatient in our office can vary from Local Anesthesia to General Anesthesia.
- Local Anesthesia (Numbing)
- Intravenous Sedation (Anesthesia)
- General Anesthesia
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are unique among the surgical specialties with regards to anesthesia training. Every oral and maxillofacial surgeon during their residency receives formal anesthesia training with the Department of Anesthesia in the hospital. This includes IV sedation, airway management and intubation techniques. This also includes complete training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Most states have very strict guidelines regarding the administration of anesthesia in the office to ensure patient safety. Dr. Yellich, Dr. Cheng, and Dr. Khalilzadeh follow the guidelines and protocols set forth by our state medical and dental regulatory body and our office is regularly inspected.
Dr. Yellich, Dr. Cheng, and Dr. Khalilzadeh have advanced training in all aspects of anesthesia and emergency care. This commitment has provided our patients with the highest standards of care and availability of the latest techniques and drugs. It is our utmost goal to make your surgical experience as pleasant and stress free as possible while maintaining the highest levels of safety.
Some patients can have their procedures completed using a local anesthetic to “numb” the area. This technique is mainly used for routine extractions or minor biopsies. It is rarely adequate for surgical extractions or the removal of impacted teeth. For those people wishing to be sedated so that they are unaware of the surgery, IV sedation is offered.
Conscious Sedation (I.V.)
During the initial consultation you and your doctor will discuss the type of procedure involved, your medical history and your level of anxiety. Some procedures, due to their nature, require the use of IV sedation, whereas others are best accomplished under local anesthesia. The choice of anesthesia is always a personal decision and should be made only after an informative consultation with your doctor. In addition, during the initial consultation, you will be given instructions to prepare for surgery such as; wearing loose, warm, and comfortable clothing, not having anything to eat after midnight prior to surgery, taking all of your regular medications, bringing an escort with you and making arrangements for your recovery at home (preoperative instructions).
Although most of the more modern anesthetic medications are kind to the stomach and do not produce nausea, occasionally just the anxiety that one has about having surgery can generate a queasy feeling in one’s stomach. A patient who becomes sick with a full stomach could present a potentially dangerous scenario of choking. Therefore, it is important to follow all preoperative instructions. The medications used for sedation do persist in the blood stream for up to 24 hours. Therefore it is understood that you WILL NOT operate a vehicle or operate machinery for 24 hours after being sedated.
Dr. Yellich, Dr. Cheng, and Dr. Khalilzadeh are also available to answer any specific questions you may have in regards to the anesthetic. The benefits of intravenous sedation include a decrease in anxiety and awareness during the surgery. This translates into near or total amnesia of the procedure, lack of noise perception and no pain. During the procedure it is important to note that patients are still given local anesthetic to “numb” the area as partially sedated patients may feel occasional pressure.
Coming to our office for the day of surgery is no different than having surgery in your own hospital and it is often much more user friendly. The equipment in our surgical suites and recovery room are the same as those used in the hospitals. When you arrive in the surgical suite, the nurse or dental assistant will connect you to a number of monitors. Safe anesthesia demands the use of several non-invasive monitors that we attach to you. These devices are typically a blood pressure cuff, an EKG (electrocardiogram) and a pulse oximeter (a device that measures the amount of oxygen in your blood). Therefore, it is suggested that you wear loose clothing to facilitate the application of these important devices. Routinely, drugs will be injected into the IV to cause you to relax or sleep. Once you are able to sit up, the IV will be removed and you are almost ready to leave. At this time the recovery room nurse will review with you and your ride all the postoperative instructions and answer any questions either of you may have in regards to care of your mouth. Dr. Yellich, Dr. Cheng, and Dr. Khalilzadeh always on-call and they can also answer any emergency questions you may have in regards to your care following surgery.
There are many instances in oral & maxillofacial surgery that require general anesthesia. The more common examples include:
- Pediatric procedures
- Medically compromised patients
- Patients with severe dental phobia
- Mentally & physically challenged patients