Modern anesthesia technology now makes it possible for Dr. Smith to perform even complex surgery at the office with little or no discomfort. During surgery, one or more of the following is used to control pain and anxiety: local anesthesia that numbs the surgical area; nitrous oxide-oxygen ( sometimes called "laughing gas") for light relaxation; intravenous sedation for deep relaxation; and general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep.
If your preference is to have sedation or general anesthesia, Dr. Smith will even use laughing gas while starting your IV (intravenous line) to aide in your comfort. While you are sleeping, Dr. Smith will give you injections of a special local anesthetic, which will keep you numb and comfortable for several hours following your procedure. This will allow you time to get home and to start taking your pain medications before any discomfort arises. During your consultation Dr. Smith will fully explain the different types of anesthesia, and which type is most appropriate for your needs.
Before the procedure is started, a complete and thorough health and medical history will be taken. Particular attention is paid to allergies, medications or health problems, which may affect the surgery and/or administration of anesthesia. Dr. Smith will discuss with you the type of anesthesia which is appropriate for you depending on the procedure and your medical history.
Damone E. Smith, D.D.S
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Adjunct Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Nova Southeastern University School of Dentistry
Florida Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants