Your Comfort Matters

We offer several anesthesia options to help you feel comfortable and safe during surgery. Whether it’s local anesthesia or IV sedation, the Carolinas Centers for Oral & Facial Surgery team will ensure that everything goes smoothly for you before, during, and after the procedure itself. We’ll work together to figure out which treatment would be the best fit for your needs.

There are three main choices for anesthesia

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia provides numbness directly where it is administered. It does not affect consciousness, so the patient remains awake while the feelings of discomfort are eliminated. Local anesthesia is commonly used for minor procedures.

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that the patient inhales to alleviate feelings of anxiety. It does not cause the patient to lose consciousness. It is often used together with local anesthesia.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is commonly used for moderate to extensive oral or facial surgery procedures. This type of sedation is administered directly into the patient’s vein. Since amnesia (forgetfulness) is a common side effect of the medication, most patients who use IV sedation do not remember their procedure.

Learn More About Anesthesia

The right type of anesthesia can make a difference in your dental experience. To help you decide which is best for your treatment plan, please contact our friendly team, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns that come up along the way!