What Is Maxillofacial Surgery?
It is a specialty of dentistry that is recognized internationally. It is interested in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries and abnormalities of the face, mouth, teeth and jaws.
The maxillofacial surgeon performs a wide range of surgical procedures from the extraction of wisdom teeth to corrections of jaw deviations, dental implants, bone grafts, cyst and tumor treatment of jaws and the treatment of fractures and malformations of the face.
Fear And Anxiety Of Sedation
Clinics offer a safe and effective way to control the feelings of fear and anxiety often associated with surgery with intravenous sedation.
Surgeons are training in anesthesia and resuscitation that allows them to use sedation methods to facilitate the procedures you need.
WHAT IS SEDATION?
Intravenous sedation consists of the administration of a drug that produces a mild depression of the central nervous system, thereby causing a relaxation effect in the patient.
HOW DO YOU FEEL DURING THE PROCEDURE?
Under the effect of the sedative, the patient is conscious and can understand and respond when spoken to. He is in a state of deep relaxation.
After the procedure, patients often have a partial recollection of what happened. The drug often causes amnesia (memory loss of events). The surgery sometimes seems to have lasted only a few minutes.
IN WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES IS INTRAVENOUS SEDATION USED?
Intravenous sedation is used for long-term surgical procedures which causes anxiety or discomfort in the patient (e.g., extraction of wisdom teeth, implants).
Intravenous sedation can manage moderate to severe anxiety, a situation in which sedation by the oral route or by inhalation (laughing gas) would not be as effective.
IS LOCAL ANESTHESIA STILL NECESSARY?
Yes, local anesthesia is used to control pain while intravenous sedation controls anxiety.
If the thought of getting an injection of anesthetic makes you anxious, this injection will only be performed when you are fully under the effect of sedation. The surgeon will then wait for local anesthesia to take effect before starting the procedure.
A detailed preoperative assessment will be performed to determine if the patient is fit to receive sedation. During this meeting, the surgeon will review the medical and dental history of the patient to know, among other things, whether there are allergies and reactions to drugs or contraindications to the procedure.
CAN WE DRINK AND EAT BEFORE SEDATION?
Normally, the patient must be fasted for the procedure. This implies not having eaten or drunk 6 hours before the procedure.
- Return home, accompanied by an adult, and rest for the rest of the day
- Plan someone staying with you at home until you are alert
- Favor light foods and do not consume alcohol
- Do not drive a vehicle for the rest of the day
- Take the medication prescribed by the attending surgeon, if applicable
- Call your surgeon if there is a problem or concern