Oral surgeons are uniquely qualified among dentists
to provide IV Sedation and General Anesthesia.


LOCAL ANESTHESIA – Numbing of the area

All extractions and oral surgery procedures include local anesthesia.


Nitrous oxide gas is available with local anesthesia. It may be considered instead of sedation or general anesthesia because it has a more manageable fee, it does not require special pre-op instructions, no escort is required and the patient can drive home safely.

Nitrous oxide acts quickly and in 2-3 minutes can provide a relaxed feeling of well-being and/or euphoria, however there still is awareness of sights, sounds and possibly feeling the pressure applied to the instruments during an extraction.

Patients have described the effect as "feeling floaty and relaxed” and reducing anxiety. Not everyone's experience is the same, but most patients feel more comfortable during the procedure. When the procedure is completed, oxygen is administered, and the nitrous oxide gas clears the body in about 5 minutes.

ORAL SEDATION – Medication taken before arrival

If you choose oral sedation in your consultation visit with Dr. Redford, he will prescribe a pill to take the night before your procedure and an hour before your scheduled appointment time. You must have someone drive you to and from your appointment. When you arrive at our office for your procedure, you will be awake and feeling drowsy and relaxed.

Oral sedatives have no pain-relieving qualities, so local anesthetic (numbing medication) is used to prevent pain, and because you are so relaxed, you probably will not remember when your mouth was actually being "numbed."

Our staff will monitor your vital signs throughout your appointment. When your procedure is complete, your friend or relative will drive you home. When you are fully awake, you will feel comfortable, relaxed and free from stress. You will probably remember very little about your procedure. You should not operate a motor vehicle for 24 hours after receiving oral sedation.


Many patients want to “go to sleep” for oral surgical procedures.

Our office provides the highest-caliber of in-office IV sedation and general anesthesia.

Your medical status will determine the level of anesthesia that is safe for you. For this reason, it is recommended by the specialty guidelines of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons that you have the benefit of a consultation before the day of your scheduled procedure with anesthesia so your medical status can be evaluated and discussed and your anesthesia options explained.

IV SEDATION – The term “IV” means “intravenous” (inside the vein). For anesthesia that means that the anesthetic medications are administered intravenously in the back of the hand. The site where the IV is inserted is first anesthetized (numbed) so insertion is essentially painless.

Conscious sedation is a combination of medicines--a sedative that completely relaxes you into “sleep” and an anesthetic to block pain during the surgical procedure.

There are different levels of sedation: Conscious, Moderate, and Deep sedation. The primary difference among the three levels of sedation is the presence of some degree of awareness compared to complete unawareness, but yet not completely unconscious. This means that during most levels of sedation, you will feel that you were asleep, yet you could respond to a command if necessary.

The level of sedation during the procedure is determined by your health and medical status and your response to the surgery and anesthesia with the goal for each patient, unless there are significant medical problems, to feel you were fully “asleep.”

GENERAL ANESTHESIA – With general anesthesia you are completely unconscious and unaware of your surroundings or the procedure that is being performed.

General anesthesia is administered by IV exactly as described for sedation.

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