What are my anesthetic options?
We understand that each patient has their own reservations about surgery as well as anesthesia. At your consultation we will discuss the options available to you. We can individualize your procedure to alleviate any anxiety. With our broad scope of training we can deliver local anesthetics, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), intravenous (IV) sedations also known as twilight, as well as general anesthetics. If your procedure is more complex, then we have privileges at local hospitals and surgery centers where we can complete your surgery with an operating room team and an anesthesiologist.
Is office-based anesthesia safe?
At Hill Country Oral Surgery we perform hundreds of anesthetics a year without complication. We use the most up-to- date monitoring systems in a state-of- the-art facility to deliver safe and effective anesthesia. We are fully equipped and trained to handle emergency situations. Our doctors carry permits to deliver anesthesia from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. They are further certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). At your consultation we will review your medical history and complete a physical examination to determine which anesthetic would be safest for you. You will be able to see our facilities and ask any questions of our team and doctors to give you the confidence you need to undergo your procedure with our practice.
Why are oral surgeons different?
Many dentists and dental specialists are able to administer office anesthesia with the bare minimum training requirements. Oral surgeons undergo a rigorous and comprehensive training program in the hospital setting under the direct supervision of anesthesiologists that is well beyond what is required to obtain an office anesthesia permit. In addition to administering general anesthetics for a variety of surgical procedures, we also train in the rescuing of patients and managing airways in the intensive care unit as well as the emergency room.
Schedule Your Consultation
Schedule a consultation today to determine your best choices. During a consultation, patients meet with their surgeon and the staff to discuss procedure options in more detail. Patients may ask questions about desired outcome as well as view before and after photos of similar procedures.