General Anesthesia

Several methods of anesthesia are offered. The method of sedation that is chosen for/by a patient will depend upon the nature of the surgical procedure, the patient’s level of apprehension or anxiety, and certain medical conditions.

We work with ECAA, Board Certified Anesthesia Specialists, to provide the best care for our patients. 

Anesthesia Options

The following table illustrates the choices of anesthesia, a description of the anesthetic technique, and the usual indications for that technique.

  • Types of Anesthesia
  • Method Local Anesthetic
    The patient remains totally conscious throughout the procedure. A local anesthetic is administered in the area where the surgery is to be performed.
  • Oral-Conscious Sedation

    Oral-conscious sedation is accomplished by the patient taking a prescribed dosage of Valium 90 minutes prior to the procedure. This class of drug works by placing a person in a sort of “depression of consciousness” in which commands by the dental team can be acted upon, but no memory of the event – or any discomfort experienced during it – are usually recalled. The patient will need to have a driver accompany them to the appointment and stay on-site until completion of the appointment. The patient is recommended to not operate a motor vehicle until the next day.

  • Method Office Based General Anesthesia with Local Anesthetic*
    Medications are administered through an intravenous line (I.V.) by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. The patient falls asleep and is completely unaware of the procedure being performed. Supplemental oxygen is delivered through a nasal breathing apparatus and the patient’s vital signs are closely monitored.  While the anesthesia is working, you will be unconscious and many of your body’s functions will slow down or need help to work effectively. A tube may be placed in your throat to help you breathe. During surgery, the Anesthesiologist will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and other vital signs to make sure they are normal and steady while you remain unconscious and free of discomfort. The Anesthesiologist, Dr. Cavallari and our surgical team are in the room with you, monitoring you, during the entire procedure.

When it comes to anesthesia, our first priority is the patient’s comfort and safety. If you have any concerns regarding the type of anesthesia that will be administered during your surgical procedure, please do not hesitate to discuss your concerns with Dr. Cavallari at the time of your evaluation.

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