Anesthesia Options

Anesthesia options

Our welcoming staff is devoted to taking care of our patients, which means we want to make sure you are comfortable throughout your procedure with us. In doing so, Beech & Reid Oral & Dental Implant Surgery offers local and intravenous anesthesia to help our patients feel safe and at peace. During your consultation appointment, your treatment and anesthesia options will be discussed in-depth with you. There are several factors to help determine which type of anesthesia should be considered, such as your anxiety level, medical history, and type of procedure. Our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Beech and Dr. Reid, are here to assist you through a positive oral surgery experience from start to finish.

Types of anesthesia

Both of our locations offer several options of in-office anesthesia and sedation options to maximize your comfort and experience with us during treatment.

  • Local anesthesia. Also called lidocaine, this is used in all oral surgeries, usually in conjunction with another form of anesthesia. When applied directly to the surgical site, lidocaine quickly numbs the area and blocks pain.
  • Nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, this is a mixed agent that is inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. This relaxes patients with the pleasurable feeling of laughter and works quickly, making it a highly effective local sedation method.
  • Conscious sedation. This is a combination of nitrous oxide and Valium®. With this form of sedation, you are drifting in and out of consciousness while the sensation and feeling of pain are removed. If you are going to receive conscious sedation, you must not have anything to eat or drink other than prescription medication for 2 hours prior. You must also arrange for a responsible adult to drive you to and from the procedure.
  • In-office general anesthesia. This method of anesthesia will cause you to be unconscious and unaware of the procedure being performed. It is used for more complex surgeries and is the most common option for wisdom teeth removal, though it may be requested in special cases. If you are going to undergo general anesthesia, it is important not to have anything to eat or drink except prescription medication for at least 8 hours prior. A designated driver must be present to drive you home after your procedure.

Our office will provide you with specific pre- and post-operative instructions before your procedure so that you can be aware of exactly what will happen and what you can expect. We also provide instructions on our website so that you have the information you need at your fingertips. It is very important to follow all the instructions provided by Dr. Beech and Dr. Reid.

If you need any help, please contact us so that we may answer your questions and provide compassionate care even when you’re not inside our office. Similarly, please contact our office if you have been referred for oral surgery or if you would like to request a consultation. At Beech & Reid Oral & Dental Implant Surgery, your care is our top priority.

EXPAREL® for extended pain relief after oral surgery

Clinical studies suggest that 99% of patients receive opioids to manage post-operative pain. 1 out of 15 surgical patients will become long-term opioid users. An estimated 3 million Americans will become persistent users of opioids each year after initially being exposed to them after surgery. These statistics are very real and demand action. That’s why EXPAREL is here.

EXPAREL is a non-opioid, long-lasting pain reliever that your doctor administers to the surgical site only once. It reliably releases low-dose bupivacaine over time, which numbs the area and provides pain relief without the need for opioids. EXPAREL begins working before your anesthesia wears off, helping to control post-operative discomfort. Many doctors are now using EXPAREL for pain management to combat the opioid epidemic in America and to provide a safe, effective alternative to pain.

Benefits of EXPAREL

Using a non-opioid alternative to prescription pain medication means that patients can feel at ease about their recovery and know that they are not at risk for developing an opioid addiction. In addition to being minimally invasive, EXPAREL offers many wonderful benefits:

  • EXPAREL is not a narcotic and does not carry a risk of opioid dependence or withdrawal.
  • The need for prescription pain medication post-surgery may be reduced or eliminated.
  • EXPAREL works immediately and continues to work over the next few days following surgery.
  • EXPAREL is a one-time dose that is safely administered by your doctor during surgery.

EXPAREL in Sunnyvale and San Jose, CA

Beech & Reid Oral & Dental Implant Surgery cares about our patients, and we want to contribute to the fight against opioid addiction in our country. Ask us about your anesthesia options and learn more about EXPAREL—the safe, effective, non-narcotic option for pain management.