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.
Exparel® for Extended Pain-Relief After Oral Surgery
OC Oral Surgery is dedicated to upholding the highest standard of care for their patients. To help achieve this goal, Dr. Ahn is proud to offer Exparel as a proven, safe, and opioid-free alternative to traditional narcotic prescriptions after surgery. In addition, Exparel is known to reduce post-surgical discomfort for three to four days following the procedure. Because it is a non-narcotic medication that reduces post-operative discomfort, it is quickly becoming a preferred option for pain management after oral surgery.
Exparel works as a sustained-release medication that is administered directly into the surgical site during your procedure. This means that before the anesthesia has worn off, Exparel will already be hard at work to control any post-operative discomfort that is commonly experienced after oral surgery. In fact, Exparel is so effective that narcotic prescriptions may not even be necessary to experience a comfortable recovery.
There are several benefits to Exparel:
- As a non-narcotic medication, Exparel does not carry a risk of opioid dependence and withdrawal.
- Use of prescription narcotic pain medications after surgery may be postponed, reduced, or even eliminated.
- Medication works immediately and, as a sustained-release medication, will continue to work over the next few days after surgery.
At OC Oral Surgery, we care about your comfort and safety before, during, and after your treatment, so we make every effort to provide the most advanced solutions at our practice. We offer this revolutionary medication as a proven option for pain management after oral surgery. If you are interested in adding Exparel to your surgical treatment plan or would like to learn more, please make sure to discuss it with your oral surgeon.
Exparel in Mission Viejo, CA
Effective, non-narcotic pain relief is possible after oral surgery. Exparel is a proven and safe solution that works fast and keeps working long after the anesthesia has worn off. To learn more about Exparel and your options for pain management after oral surgery, please contact us.