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At our practice, we prioritize patient comfort to ensure a pleasant and successful surgical experience. To achieve this, we offer a range of anesthesia and sedation options. During your consultation, Dr. Holtzen will discuss these options with you and help determine the most suitable choice for your needs.

AAAHC Accreditation

As an AAAHC-accredited surgery center, our practice upholds the highest standards of excellence. We undergo regular assessments by AAAHC surveyors to ensure that we consistently meet and exceed these standards. This accreditation is a testament to our commitment to providing exceptional care and maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for our patients. We take great pride in our AAAHC accreditation, as it reflects our dedication to delivering optimal outcomes and experiences for those we serve.

Types of Anesthesia

Our practice offers several types of anesthesia and sedation.

Local Anesthesia

This involves the direct administration of anesthesia to the surgical site. The area will be numbed for several hours. Local anesthesia can be used alone for simple procedures or combined with other forms of anesthesia for added comfort during more complex surgeries. Patients remain fully conscious with local anesthesia.

IV Sedation

IV sedation involves the administration of an anesthetic directly into a vein. It quickly induces a semi-conscious state, allowing patients to respond to the surgeon's commands or questions without feeling any pain during the procedure.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is typically reserved for highly complex surgical procedures and renders the patient completely unconscious throughout the procedure. It is usually used in an operating room.

About Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for patients who experience anxiety or discomfort during dental procedures. It allows patients to receive the necessary care while reducing or eliminating surgical anxiety. Sedation dentistry is particularly beneficial for patients with general anxiety, a low pain threshold, a strong gag reflex, fear of needles, difficulty sitting still, or tooth sensitivity.

Oral surgeons are uniquely qualified to administer anesthesia of all types. They receive specialized training during their residency to safely administer anesthesia. At our practice, Dr. Holtzen, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is experienced in administering all forms of anesthesia safely.

Preparing for Anesthesia

To ensure a smooth procedure, our team will provide you with detailed instructions to follow before your surgery. If your surgery requires IV sedation or general anesthesia, specific steps must be taken prior to the procedure. If you have any questions about your pre-operative instructions, please contact our office for prompt and friendly assistance.

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We are excited to provide you and your loved ones with exceptional care. Learn more about our practice and the services we offer.