Any patients undergoing sedation or general anesthesia in our office will be under the expert care of Dr. Wesley Kinney. Dr. Kinney is certified with the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Pulmonary Medicine, as well as the American Board of Internal Medicine. While most traditional dentist’s office does not have a board-certified anesthesiologist on hand, Dr. Kinney oversees any and all sedation or anesthesia that takes place at our surgical center.
Patients who are looking for additional options, including I.V. sedation, for their comfort during the procedure may choose IV sedation also known as Intravenous Anesthesia. Patients who choose to have their surgery with IV sedation will be under a "twilight state", in which the patient is relaxed and sleepy. Generally, twilight anesthesia causes the patient to forget the surgery and the time right after it. Patients who have IV sedation will need a responsible adult to accompany them to the procedure and stay with them at home for the remainder of the surgery day.
Many patients are familiar with oral sedation (pill) and have questions as to why we do not commonly offer that type of sedation instead of intravenous sedation (IV). The answer is simple. IV sedation is much safer for the patient than oral sedation. Here are a few reasons why:
If surgery includes IV sedation or general anesthesia, there are mandatory and life-threatening precautions that each patient must be aware of and follow prior to arriving at our office.