Anesthesia Services

It is perfectly natural to feel nervous about surgery.

We offer a wide range of anesthesia techniques to eliminate pain and control anxiety. Our providers are dedicated to ensuring that your surgical experience will be as pleasant as possible.

What anesthesia options are available?

All surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize your comfort. The method of anesthesia is determined by the nature of the procedure and your level of apprehension. Anesthesia options, as well as any potential risks, will be discussed with you prior to your procedure.

Our typical anesthesia techniques are described below:

Local anesthesia (Regional anesthesia)

  • This involves an injection of a medication into your mouth to produce numbness in the area of surgery. Many patients have experienced this technique with their general dentist.
  • Additional medications may be necessary to control anxiety.
    • Nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a sweet-smelling gas that when inhaled can help you feel relaxed. It reduces anxiety without going to sleep, allowing you to drive following the procedure.
    • Oral sedatives. Medications can be prescribed that will help you feel relaxed during your surgery. Patients are typically awake but drowsy. A ride home will be necessary with any sedatives.

Intravenous Sedation

  • Medications are given directly into a vein that will put you to sleep during your surgery. Prior to the procedure, an intravenous catheter through which sedation medications will be given is placed into your arm or hand. This minimizes the number of shots you receive.
  • Sedation can allow you to be asleep during your procedure. You do not typically remember anything about the procedure being performed. Some patients with certain medical conditions may only be lightly sedated. This particular technique helps you feel calm and relaxed but not completely asleep. The level of sedation necessary for your comfort will be discussed by you and your doctor prior to the day of surgery.
  • All sedation takes place in a safe environment that utilizes modern anesthesia monitoring equipment and a staff experienced in anesthesia techniques.

General Anesthesia at a Hospital or Surgery Center

  • Some people are best managed in a hospital or surgery center. This may be due to the complexity of the surgery, health of the patient, or in cases of severe anxiety, emotional immaturity, or developmental delay.
  • Our surgeons operate out of Mission Hospital and the Asheville Surgery Center. Most patients undergoing routine oral surgery can go home the same day.