Sedation for Your Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Natomas and Yuba–Sutter Area Oral SurgeryThe discovery of the use of anesthesia in medicine and dentistry is attributed to two men who were both dentists. Horace Wells extracted his own teeth under nitrous oxide and William Thomas Green Morton publicly used ether as a surgical anesthetic. Ether is the precursor to all the inhaled anesthetics that we currently use in the hospital operating room and in outpatient settings throughout the world.
Surgery and anesthesia generally elicit a certain level of anxiety and rightfully so as numerous complications can occur from the delivery of both, ranging from small complications such as prolonged numbness or burning sensation up to death. The chances of severe complications are very low, however, they are real risks and you should discuss these with any person providing your anesthesia care.
The movies and television depict anesthesia a certain way, however, anesthesia in the real world is very different. Anesthesia is a general term which encompasses a range of pain relief by affecting the level of consciousness, unlike on TV where everyone gets a breathing tube inserted and counts back from 100.
In order to provide the best level of care, our surgeons have extensive training in General Anesthesia as a requirement of their surgical training. This is above and beyond what dentists are able to do and more training then even General Surgeons obtain. All of our surgeons and staff are trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
Dr. Heir did an additional year of General Anesthesia training where he provided anesthetic care for children, the delivery room, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, GI surgery, GU surgery and much more. He is also certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
In addition to the extensive training, all of our facilities are equipped with state of the art monitoring equipment and our Natomas office is accredited by AAAHC office-based surgery center. All of our offices function at the same level as our office-based surgery center. AAAHC accreditation is identical to what hospitals go through every few years to maintain standards. Every patient that is placed under anesthesia is monitored with an EKG, blood pressure, pulse oximeter (measures oxygen in your blood), CO2 monitoring, and we listen to your heart and breathing which is extra monitoring that we provide above and beyond what is required.
When you come in for your consult, several options for anesthetic care will be discussed, including:
Before Nitrous Oxide Sedation, Intravenous Sedation or Intravenous General Anesthesia:
Please let us know if you have any questions by calling us at (844) 673-9131!