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 All the staff members are also certified in various levels of emergency and life support techniques, including: basic life support (BLS/CPR), pediatric advanced life support (PALS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and advanced trauma life support (ATLS). During your consultation,  Dr.'s Plevnia and Dr. Escalante will discuss the anesthesia options appropriate to your treatment and answer any questions you may have.

Local Anesthesia

Nitrous Oxide

Intravenous Sedation

Local Anesthesia

 

Local anesthesia is the standard for pain control in every procedure. An example of local anesthesia is novocaine; however, novocaine has been replaced in mainstream practice with other similar, more modern medications such as lidocaine, bupivicaine, and carbocaine. Local anesthetics are given by injection into the area where the procedure will be performed.

Local normally takes anywhere from 3-6 minutes to achieve effect, blocking the body’s ability to sense any pain in that area. It is often adequate for minor procedures, though many patients prefer a higher level of anesthesia for most oral surgery procedures. Local anesthesia is normally used in conjunction with stronger anesthesia such as nitrous oxide or IV sedation.

 

Nitrous Oxide

 

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has a long history of successful use in the fields of dentistry and oral surgery. Nitrous oxide is a colorless, pleasant-smelling gas that you inhale. The primary purpose for using nitrous oxide is anxiety reduction (anxiolysis).

 

Advantages To Using Nitrous Oxide

Safe and readily administered in the outpatient office setting

Effective at anxiety reduction in a rapid manner, normally taking effect in under 5 minutes

Wears off quickly, allowing for complete recovery from its effects within 5-10 minutes after you stop inhaling the gas

Patients do not require a driving escort for the procedure

 

While nitrous oxide is very effective in reducing anxiety, it does not provide deeper levels of anesthesia, such as those achieved through IV sedation and general anesthesia modes. Nitrous oxide by its nature cannot put people to “sleep” (general anesthesia); therefore, it is a very effective technique when used in combination with local anesthesia to keep the patient calm and comfortable during a procedure

 

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

 

The highest level offered in the office setting is IV sedation. This technique uses an IV to give the medication that is meant to eliminate feeling of pain, reduce anxiety, and protect from having memory of the event.

 

Advantages of IV Sedation:

Achieves the desired effect rapidly

Produces a deep level of anesthesia where the patient can choose to be completely unaware of the procedure taking place

Creates the most comfortable setting for the patient to undergo procedures

Additional types of medications may be administered through the IV at the same time such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications (steroids), and anti-nausea medications

 

Local anesthesia is still utilized once the patient reaches a comfortable state. Many procedures, due to their length, invasiveness, and general stimuli involved are best undertaken in the setting of IV sedation.

 

ABOUT US

Aspen Surgical Arts is led by  highly trained, board certified surgeons who specialize in the most advanced methods for oral and facial surgery: Julia R. Plevnia DDS Daniel Escalante DMD and Jeremy R. Jannuzzi, DMD, MD

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  • Local Anesthesia

    Local Anesthesia

     

    Local anesthesia is the standard for pain control in every procedure. An example of local anesthesia is novocaine; however, novocaine has been replaced in mainstream practice with other similar, more modern medications such as lidocaine, bupivicaine, and carbocaine. Local anesthetics are given by injection into the area where the procedure will be performed.

     

    Local normally takes anywhere from 3-6 minutes to achieve effect, blocking the body’s ability to sense any pain in that area. It is often adequate for minor procedures, though many patients prefer a higher level of anesthesia for most oral surgery procedures. Local anesthesia is normally used in conjunction with stronger anesthesia such as nitrous oxide or IV sedation.

     

  • Nitrous Oxide

    Nitrous Oxide

     

    Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has a long history of successful use in the fields of dentistry and oral surgery. Nitrous oxide is a colorless, pleasant-smelling gas that you inhale. The primary purpose for using nitrous oxide is anxiety reduction (anxiolysis).

     

    Advantages To Using Nitrous Oxide

    Safe and readily administered in the outpatient office setting

    Effective at anxiety reduction in a rapid manner, normally taking effect in under 5 minutes

    Wears off quickly, allowing for complete recovery from its effects within 5-10 minutes after you stop inhaling the gas

    Patients do not require a driving escort for the procedure

     

    While nitrous oxide is very effective in reducing anxiety, it does not provide deeper levels of anesthesia, such as those achieved through IV sedation and general anesthesia modes. Nitrous oxide by its nature cannot put people to “sleep” (general anesthesia); therefore, it is a very effective technique when used in combination with local anesthesia to keep the patient calm and comfortable during a procedure

     

  • Intravenous Sedation

    Intravenous (IV) Sedation / General Anesthesia

    The highest level offered in the office setting is IV sedation or general anesthesia. This technique uses an IV to give the medication that is meant to eliminate feeling of pain, reduce anxiety, and protect from having memory of the event.

     

    Advantages of IV Sedation:

    Achieves the desired effect rapidly

    Produces a deep level of anesthesia where the patient is completely unaware of the procedure taking place

    Creates the most comfortable setting for the patient to undergo procedures

    Additional types of medications may be administered through the IV at the same time such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications (steroids), and anti-nausea medications

     

    Local anesthesia is still utilized once the patient reaches a comfortable state. Many procedures, due to their length, invasiveness, and general stimuli involved are best undertaken in the setting of IV sedation.