Outpatient Anesthesia in Oklahoma
Oral & Maxillofacial Associates of Oklahoma offers outpatient anesthesia in Oklahoma City, Norman, Midwest City, and Edmond, OK. To schedule an appointment call 405-848-7994 (Oklahoma City), 405-292-8900 (Norman), 405-733-4296 (Midwest City), or 405-341-4022 (Edmond).
An upcoming visit to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can potentially produce anxiety. Patients are usually most concerned with whether or not the procedure is going to hurt, although many people are afraid of the entire experience. Some also have specific phobias of needles, drills, or other features of our office.
Fortunately, modern technology now makes it possible to for us to perform oral surgery with little to no discomfort. In addition, our board-certified surgeons are experts in managing patient anxiety. Our extensive training, 25 years of experience, and monthly safety meetings with our staff ensure that we are well-prepared to administer not only local anesthetics, but all forms of dental sedation and even general anesthesia.
You are in excellent hands at Oral & Maxillofacial Associates of Oklahoma, as we are highly experienced in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.
Putting Your Mind at Ease
We understand that knowing what to expect can help to eliminate anxiety. Before your surgery, we will carefully review your procedure with you, including what to expect both during and after the surgery. We will answer any questions you have. In addition, we will talk about the different types of anesthesia that are available to you and how they will likely make you feel, as well as the activity restrictions you will have following their use.
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is the mildest choice. Through a mask over your nose, you will inhale a carefully customized mix of nitrogen and oxygen. You will feel deeply relaxed, giddy, and perhaps a bit light-headed. You may also experience some tingling or heaviness in your arms and legs. Nitrous oxide wears off in minutes, making it the best choice for those who fear “going under.” You can safely drive yourself home when it wears off.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Depending on the specific medication, the dosage, and your personal tolerance, conscious oral sedation may be mild or moderate. It is an excellent choice for those who do not want to be knocked out, but want something stronger than nitrous oxide. You will generally be awake but relaxed, though you may doze off during your procedure. You must bring someone to your appointment to drive you home, and you may feel a bit tired for several hours.
IV sedation induces “twilight sleep,” in which you are not unconscious but are mostly asleep and will remember little of your procedure afterwards. You must bring someone to drive you home, and it is best if the person can stay with you throughout the night, as you are likely to be a bit out of it. The effects typically wear off within 24 hours.
General anesthesia is the right choice for those who do not fear unconsciousness and want to remember nothing about their procedure. We will closely monitor you at all times to ensure that you receive just the right amount of anesthesia and experience no complications. You will spend some time in recovery after your procedure until you are awake and ready to go home. You must have someone drive you home, and we highly recommend having that person stay with you overnight. You will probably fall back asleep, and it will take about 24 hours to feel like yourself again.
Our surgeons are concerned for your well-being before, during, and after surgery, and we work hard to ensure your comfort throughout the entire process. You can be sure that we have the knowledge, training, and experience to ensure that your procedure is safe, comfortable, and nearly pain-free.