Oral Surgical Anesthesia
WestShore OMS Specialists offers a full suite of professional and safe anesthetic services and care for every treatment that we provide in our state-of-the-art facility.
Anesthesia, a state of sleep induced by medication, is an essential part of the comfort and ease we provide during our surgical procedures. When all other options, such as oral and IV sedation and laughing gas, are not enough, general anesthesia provides a pain-free, anxiety-free, and even memory-free oral experience. Our skilled and compassionate team uses general anesthesia to make the most frightening, anxiety-ridden surgical experiences peaceful and relaxing.
Why is anesthesia important?
Anesthesia eliminates any possible pain and anxiety during your procedure, and it allows our doctors more time to perform complicated procedures while you remain relaxed and comfortable.
Safety and Anesthesia
At Westshore OMS Specialists, anesthesia is administered by our doctors who are extensively trained. The anesthetic medications, hospital-grade monitoring equipment, and anesthesia techniques that we use today are extremely safe. We are exceptionally attentive, monitoring you throughout your procedure with the emergency medications and equipment you would find in a hospital operating room. Our assistants are certified and trained in sedation and general anesthesia procedures, thoroughly prepared to assist in medical emergencies.
General Anesthesia: What to Expect
Do not consume food or drink 8 hours prior to your procedure if you are having IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia.
You will need an adult to accompany you to your appointment and drive you home after IV sedation or general anesthesia.
We will make you comfortable before, during, and after your procedure, using the anesthesia plan that we discuss with you in advance.
How will I be monitored during my surgery?
The safety and comfort of our patients is our utmost concern. Our doctors are diligent in monitoring and recording blood pressure, heart rate, heart rhythms, the amount of oxygen in blood, and breathing patterns and rates from the beginning to the end of every procedure. We use blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeters, electrocardiograms, end-tidal CO2 gas analyses, and wireless pre-cordial stethoscopes as we remain vigilant, guarding your unique needs during the surgery.
When will I feel normal again?
Typically, the effects of sedation and/or general anesthesia wear off within a few hours of your procedure, but we recommend against driving, operating heavy machinery, and making any life changing decisions for 24 hours. Since every patient and case is different, there is no set time of when you will feel normal again, but it often depends on the procedure and whether you are taking any other pain medications. One of our doctors will review your instructions with you and your companion before you are discharged.
What are some of the side effects of the drugs used?
Anesthetic drugs can cause mild nausea, dizziness, sleepiness, and even sore throats and minor aches as they wear off. Fortunately, it is usually the case that side effects disappear within 24 hours of leaving our office. Staying hydrated is key to a quick recovery, and our doctors would be happy to discuss any necessary pain medications with you before you leave our office.
Will I wake up during my procedure?
No. The only reason you would wake up during your procedure is if we gave you minimal sedation rather than a general anesthetic and intended for you to come back to consciousness. We calculate the exact depth of anesthetic needed to keep you properly sedated by considering your needs, the procedure requirements, and the effects of the anesthesia. We use a BIS monitor that detects brain activity to ensure appropriate level of sedation. The advantages of using a BIS monitor include the correct amount of medication given, an ease in waking up quickly, fewer side effects, and less recovery time.
Will my medical conditions make the anesthesia unsafe for me?
Not necessarily. We carefully consider all aspects of your medical history when creating a safe and effective anesthetic plan. After carrying out a thorough evaluation, we consult with your primary doctor to ensure your current medications and care are up to date. We always begin by making sure that you are in the best possible health before administering anesthesia which ensures optimal experiences and outcomes.