At White Mountain Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center, you have the option of multiple types of anesthesia and sedation for ultimate comfort and safety in the convenience of our fully-equipped North Conway and Littleton, NH, offices. Whether your treatment is cutting-edge dental implant placement, wisdom teeth removal, or any of the other procedures we offer, it is our highest goal to help you feel relaxed about your procedure and to eliminate discomfort during surgery. As an oral surgeon, Dr. Williams has had many years of hospital-based anesthesia training to administer all levels of sedation, including general anesthesia.
During your consultation with Dr. Williams, your options for anesthesia will be discussed in depth. The method of anesthesia that is chosen will depend on the nature of the surgical procedure to be performed, your level of apprehension about treatment, and any health concerns. For the safest anesthesia and sedation experience possible, Dr. Williams and his surgical team will monitor you continuously during and after your procedure.
To learn more about what makes oral and maxillofacial surgeons uniquely qualified to administer your anesthesia and perform your oral surgery, we encourage you to look at our About Oral Surgery page. If you would like to get to know Dr. Williams before you meet in person at your consultation, we invite you to visit his profile page.
Types of Anesthesia
At White Mountain Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center, we are concerned about your safety, comfort, and well-being. We are qualified to administer the following types of in-office anesthesia and sedation for your procedures:
- Local Anesthesia. Lidocaine is a common type of local anesthesia applied directly to the surgical site to block the sensation of pain. It is usually used along with other forms of anesthesia.
- Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous oxide, often referred to as laughing gas, is an inhaled gas with a mild pain-relieving and relaxation effect. This type of sedation has been used in dentistry for many years and is usually used along with other types of anesthesia to ease a patient’s nerves and provide a more peaceful experience.
- Office-Based IV Sedation. IV sedation, also known as twilight sleep, is recommended for patients with apprehension about oral surgery — it is very calming and will ease any anxiety you may have about the treatment taking place. For this type of anesthesia, antianxiety medications are injected directly into the bloodstream, producing deep sedation. Our staff continuously monitors your heart rate, blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen level while you are under this type of anesthesia. A designated driver is required to take you home after receiving IV sedation.
- Office-Based General Anesthesia. Office-based general anesthesia puts the patient in an unconscious state, during which they are completely unaware of the procedure being performed. During this type of anesthesia, your vital signs will be closely monitored. We usually reserve general anesthesia for more complex surgeries such as wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement — however, you may request this type of anesthesia for your routine procedure if you are prone to anxiety. A designated driver is required to take you home after your procedure if you receive IV anesthesia.
Your pre- and post-surgical instructions will provide you with detailed information about all phases of your treatment, including important details about what to do before and after receiving anesthesia at our practice.
Anesthesia Options in North Conway and Littleton, NH
With many years of specialized training to administer the full range of in-office anesthesia, Dr. Williams is uniquely qualified to perform oral surgery with your well-being, comfort, and safety in mind. You will carefully be observed and cared for with compassion before, during, and after your procedure by our qualified clinical staff. Please do not hesitate to contact White Mountain Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center with any questions you have. We look forward to providing you with a positive and comfortable oral surgery experience.