Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons provide sophisticated, safe, and effective anesthesia services in their office including oral or intravenous (IV) sedation and general anesthesia.
The safety of this administration is well documented with long term studies of board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons providing anesthesia in an office setting. During his hospital training and residency program, Dr. Abbey received extensive training in medical and dental anesthesia and pain control. This training includes clinical and hospital experience in anesthesia techniques, from local anesthesia, to sedation, to general anesthesia. His licensure in the state of Florida includes a General Anesthesia permit.
At FishHawk Oral Surgery, we do all that we can to make our patients as comfortable as possible during their procedures. In order to accomplish this goal, we offer relaxing medications for use before and during the procedures. These medications are offered in either oral, intravenous (IV) forms, or general anesthesia.
You, the patient, will have maximum input regarding your experience during a procedure.
Some people choose to have only local anesthesia (Novocaine) and be fully aware during surgery. Many people, however, feel uncomfortable with this and prefer oral or IV sedation as to be less aware or not aware of the activities of surgical procedures. Dr. Abbey can help you choose the option that will make your experience as comfortable as possible.
The oral medication is given in the office, one hour prior to the start of the procedure. This allows the medicine time to take effect prior to beginning the procedure. This often leaves the patient in a much more relaxed state, although typically still aware of the activity around them.
Intervenous (IV) Sedation
The IV form of medication is a stronger form of sedation. For this form of sedation, there is no need to arrive early. Upon being seated in the dental chair, Dr. Abbey will start an IV, typically in your hand. The effects of the sedation medication will be felt almost immediately. Most patients fall asleep and stay asleep through the entire procedure and have minimal to no recollection of the procedure as the medication wears off.
While you are sedated, you will be continuously monitored by Dr.Abbey and his team to ensure the highest level of comfort and safety. With either form of sedation, you will need to have someone available to drive you home from the procedure. You can also expect to feel a little sleepy for a few hours after arriving home.
If there are any questions about the anesthesia provided in our office, please do not hesitate to ask Dr. Abbey or any member of our staff.