Choosing a type of anesthesia is always a personal decision based on the patient’s preference and individual needs. A choice for anesthesia should only be made after an informative consultation with the oral surgeon. Your oral surgeon will thoroughly discuss your medical history, your treatment plan, and what level of anxiety you anticipate experiencing to determine which anesthesia option is ideal for you. Some procedures, due to their extensive nature, may require the use of general anesthesia or IV sedation; whereas, others are best accomplished under local anesthesia.
Are Oral Surgeons Qualified to Administer Anesthesia?
Yes! As the surgical specialists of the dental profession, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration. Their training includes the administering of operating room anesthesia in hospitals, as well as in-office anesthesia in surgical facilities. Oral surgeons are specialists who have received the highest level of licensure for dental practitioners to perform anesthesia.