Anesthesia and Sedation in Cornelius, NC
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 oral and maxillofacial surgery. 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. General anesthesia is used when the patient wants/needs to remain asleep during the procedure. 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 your oral surgery.
Oral & maxillofacial surgeons are different in terms of anesthesia than any other surgical specialty. During their residency, the oral surgeons received training for anesthesia from the Department of Anesthesia from the same hospital. This training includes IV sedation, intubation techniques, airway management, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Just like any other state, North Carolina also has a strict guideline for training in anesthesia. Dr. Rolle is trained in anesthesia and has a North Carolina Anesthesia license. At Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery, we 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 medications 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. With this method, only the surgical site is numbed with an injection, keeping the sensation and discomfort to a minimum. 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
During the patient’s initial consultation before the procedure, he or she can discuss the surgical treatment plan, the anesthesia, and the level of anxiety it involves. For minor cases, local anesthesia may be suggested by the oral surgeon. But, for more complex procedures, IV sedation is recommended. This is an important decision and should be taken only after consulting the doctor properly.
During the initial consultation, you will be given some of the anesthesia and surgical 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.
Today’s anesthetic medication does not cause nausea or discomfort. However, if the patient comes with a full stomach and feels queasy during surgery owing to their anxiety, it might cause choking which is potentially dangerous for the patient. That is why the patient must follow all the preoperative instructions. Additionally, the patient may not drive a car or vehicle as the anesthesia will remain in the blood stem for the next 24 hours.
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 because 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, including oral hygiene and healing expectations, and guided through the full recovery process.
In many cases involving oral and 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.