At Gentle Dental, your go-to choice of dentist for oral surgery is performed by experienced and friendly professionals. We know most people feel anxiety or stress at the very mention of surgery. That’s why, at Gentle Dental Care, if you have questions, we’ll make sure you have answers before we schedule you for oral surgery.
Why Would I Need Oral Surgery?
Many oral health problems are easy to fix by keeping regular appointments with your dentist and by maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home. However, sometimes an issue occurs that may require the services of an oral surgeon. This could be due to several reasons:
- You’ve suffered trauma or injury to your mouth, teeth, or gums.
- You or your teen has impacted wisdom teeth that must be removed.
- You’ve suffered bone loss that has resulted in a misaligned jaw or misaligned teeth.
- You have a chronic illness, such as cancer, that must be addressed.
- You struggle with obstructed sleep apnea.
You can feel assured knowing our professionals are highly trained and experienced at what they do. We’ll do our best to ease your fears and to make sure you know exactly what to expect every step of the way.
What Are My Options for Anesthesia?
Your oral surgeon will meet with you prior to your procedure to help you choose the best form of anesthesia. The most common options include:
- Local Anesthesia: A numbing medication is injected into the area surrounding the affected tooth.
- Nitrous Oxide: Often called ‘laughing gas.’ Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask placed over your mouth and nose. May be combined with a local anesthetic.
- IV Sedation: Medication is administered through an IV to place you into a deeper state of relaxation than local or nitrous oxide. Patients usually have little memory of the procedure.
- General Anesthesia: You will be unconscious during your procedure. With general anesthesia, you must have someone drive you home afterward.
Your dental professional will explain each option in detail to give you a clear picture of what each involves. While there is some risk involved with every type of anesthesia, when administered by professionals like those available at Gentle Dental Care, you’ll have little to fear.
What Is the Recovery Time Involved in Oral Surgery?
Your recovery time depends somewhat on what type of procedure you’re having done. For example, the average recovery time for wisdom tooth removal is usually around a week to 10 days. However, discomfort usually abates within a few days. Your dentist will give you options for managing your pain.
If you need oral surgery contact the seasoned professionals at Gentle Dental to schedule a consultation today.