During your consultation with Dr. Rolle, the determination of your anesthesia treatment plan is implemented, utilizing, in most cases, Anxiety-Free IV sedation. We also offer a wide range of choices in terms of anesthesia to opt from during your surgical procedure. There are three main options that we have to manage your anxiety and pain tolerance.
- Local anesthesia
- Intravenous sedation
- General anesthesia
With local anesthesia, only the surgical area will be numbed. If the patient wants more profound relaxation, then IV sedation is a better option. And if the patient wants to remain asleep during the procedure, general anesthesia will be the pick. Our anesthesiologist is qualified, licensed, and trained according to the highest standard of procedure. Our main aim is to offer you the best level of comfort and relaxation during the procedure.
Oral & maxillofacial surgeons are different in terms of anesthesia than any other surgical specialty. During their residency, the oral surgeons receive training for anesthesia from the Department of Anesthesia from the same hospital. This training includes IV sedation, intubation techniques, and airway management. It also includes Advance Cardiac Life Support. Just like any other state, NC also has a strict guideline for training in anesthesia. Dr. Rolle is trained in anesthesia and has an NC Anesthesia license too. We, at Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery, follow all the state guidelines and protocols in order to ensure complete patient safety and offer our patients the best care and comfort.
We understand that the procedures involving oral & dental surgery can be stressful for the patients. That is why we ensure that you get the best standard of care and comfort. We use the latest technology and drugs to ensure you experience a smoother and comfortable experience during surgery.
Some of the procedures like normal extraction of the teeth or minor biopsies can be done with the local anesthesia. This way, only the surgical site is numbed with an injection that can keep the sensation and discomfort to a minimal. However, for more complex procedures, like surgical extraction and removal of impacted teeth, IV sedation or general anesthesia is needed.
Conscious Sedation or IV Sedation
When the patient is coming for the initial consultation before the procedure is completed, they can discuss the surgical and treatment plan, the anesthesia, and the level of anxiety it involves for the patient. For the minor cases, local anesthesia is suggested by the oral surgeons. But due to the complex nature of some procedures, IV sedation is suggested. This is a crucial decision and should be taken only after consulting the doctor properly.
During the initial consultation, you will be given some of the instructions that you need to follow, like wearing loose, warm and comfortable clothing, not eating anything after midnight the day before of the surgery, not drinking clear fluid up to 4 hours prior to the surgery, taking all the regular medication you are supposed to and having an adult to accompany you to the surgery as well as recovery at home.
The modern anesthetic medication does not cause nausea or discomfort for the patient. But if the patient comes with a full stomach and feels queasy during surgery owing to their anxiety, it might cause chocking which is potentially dangerous for the patient. That is why the patient must follow all the preoperative instructions. At the same time, for the patient, it is necessary not to drive a car or vehicle as the anesthesia will remain in the blood stem for the next 24 hours.
The IV sedation has the following benefits,
- Near or complete amnesia of the procedure
- No noise perception
- No pain
However, it should be noted that the patient is still given local anesthesia as even after IV sedation, the patient might feel pressure
When you are coming for oral surgery in our clinic, it will be no different from your experience in any other hospital. When you arrive at the surgical suite, all patients are monitored appropriately during IV sedation.
Once the procedure is done, and you are able to sit up, the IV will be removed. Following the surgical procedure, you will be given verbal and written post-op instructions, that include oral hygiene, healing expectations and guided through the full recovery process.
In many cases involving oral & maxillofacial surgery, general anesthesia is needed. The following cases are examples when the patient will need general anesthesia,
- Medically compromised patient
- Pediatric procedure
- Patients with severe phobia regarding a surgical procedure
- Physically and mentally challenged patients
For more information or to directly consult Dr. Rolle, call at 704.892.9500 now.