At Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we want to provide you with the most comfortable and anxiety-free surgical experience possible because we understand surgery can make some patients nervous. Comfort plays a large role in our treatment process. Dr. Hernandez has extensive training and experience in anesthesia administration, which allows him to select the most appropriate technique for your care. This experience, combined with state-of-the-art surgical suites and monitoring systems, ensures your safety and often provides a more pleasant surgical experience. Our office offers superior local anesthesia techniques in addition to mild/twilight sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia.
Types of Anesthesia
Local Anesthesia. If undergoing a procedure involving local anesthesia, the sedative is administered by Dr. Hernandez directly to the area that the treatment is being performed. Local anesthesia may be used in combination with other sedatives, such as nitrous oxide. When local anesthetic is administered, the area treated becomes numb. When using local anesthesia, the patient is fully aware of what is happening without pain and may eat normally up until the time of the appointment.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing Gas). Nitrous oxide, sometimes called laughing gas, is a form of a light inhalation anesthetic that causes a relaxed feeling and makes patients less aware of their surroundings. Following treatment, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, leaving no lingering sedative effects, which is why it is a preferred anesthetic option for many patients. Prior to undergoing treatment involving nitrous oxide, patients may not eat or drink anything for two hours prior to the scheduled surgery time.
Intravenous Sedation and General Anesthesia (asleep for surgery). Patients who experience moderate to severe anxiety tend to prefer IV sedation for their procedure. During IV sedation, an intravenous line is placed to allow administration of sedative medications prior to treatment. While the patient is not actually asleep, IV sedation allows patients to have a procedure done without remembering the surgery. This perceived sleep effect is why IV sedation is sometimes referred to as twilight sedation. This is often the preferred method for procedures such as wisdom teeth removal.
General anesthesia may be necessary for more complex surgical cases, such as facial trauma surgery or corrective jaw surgery. The effects of IV sedation and general anesthesia usually result in a patient remaining sedated (drowsy) for 12–24 hours following the procedure.
All oral and maxillofacial surgeons are required to complete extensive hands-on surgical training to obtain their credentials and must earn the highest level of licensure possible for dental practitioners, making them the most qualified candidates to perform anesthesia in an office setting. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, such as Dr. Hernandez, have obtained first-hand experience administering operating room anesthesia during their required hospital residency as well as their training in-office surgical facilities.
You can rest assured knowing that Dr. Roland Hernandez is trained and highly qualified to administer the correct sedation for your oral surgery procedure and monitor you throughout treatment. Please ask any questions during your appointment or call us at (954) 356-9956 today!