One of the most common experiences for patients who are about to undergo any kind of surgery is anxiety. We all wonder what will happen during the operation, what kind of pain or discomfort may arise, and how we will manage that pain or discomfort afterwards. The good news is that advances in training and technology now provide many different options to maximize your comfort and well-being. The method that is chosen will depend on the type of procedure as well as the health history and preferences of the patient.  The doctors at Phoenix Oral and Facial Surgery can discuss the most appropriate type of anesthesia to make your procedure as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

Types of Anesthesia

Generally, there are several different types of anesthesia that may be used in our office. This may include local anesthesia, gas or inhalational agents, and intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.  Local anesthetics act to numb the affected areas during the duration of your procedure and for a time thereafter. Intravenous anesthesia techniques are designed to leave your breathing safely intact but your mind in a state of total relaxation and you may not remember everything that happened afterwards. Inhalational techniques may also be employed to "put you under” or render you unconscious so you are unable to remember the entire procedure.  In these circumstances, a breathing tube will be employed to keep your airway open and to help you safely breathe.  

These methods of administering anesthesia are safe and effective when administered by a skilled and trained surgeon.  Afterwards, to handle any post-operative pain following your procedure, you will also be prescribed appropriate medications to manage your discomfort.

Safety of Today’s Anesthesia Techniques

The doctors of Phoenix Oral & Facial Surgery are trained in the safest, most effective, and most reliable anesthetic techniques. They undergo extensive training in this field to learn basic principles, how to handle complications, and how to maintain maximum safety for their patients. Not only are they educated in the classroom, but they train alongside their physician anesthesia colleagues in order to gain their clinical expertise. The result is superb training in anesthesia that is well beyond what is standard for most medical or dental practices. Dr. Kim and Dr. Day continue to perfect their knowledge and techniques of anesthesia through advanced continuing education to stay on the cutting edge.

At our Phoenix office, your comfort is our top priority. By discussing what to expect when your procedure is performed, your anxiety will be greatly reduced. Putting your mind at ease is part of the procedure, so don’t hesitate to communicate your worries, questions, or concerns about any part of your treatment plan.

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