General Anesthesia Specialist

Oral Surgeons located in San Antonio, Seguin, and New Braunfels, TX

Oral Surgeons located in San Antonio, TX & New Braunfels, TX

When oral surgical procedures are necessary, you shouldn’t have to worry about your comfort during the procedure. At San Antonio Surgical Arts, with five offices throughout San Antonio, Seguin, and New Braunfels, Texas, the board-certified oral surgeons, Michael Casillas, DDS; Michael Gissell Jr., DDS, MD; and LaVan Parker III, DDS, are expertly trained and highly experienced in using general anesthesia to ensure your comfort during oral surgery. To learn more, call San Antonio Surgical Arts or schedule an appointment online today.

General Anesthesia Q & A

Why would I need anesthesia for oral surgery?

While the surgeons at San Antonio Surgical Arts are highly skilled at making surgeries as gentle as possible, the very nature of some procedures can be painful. To ensure your comfort throughout your surgery, the surgeons offer different sedative/anesthesia techniques.

In addition to acting as an analgesic to reduce your pain, general anesthesia allows you to sleep through the procedure. Your body relaxes while you are unconscious and you won’t twitch or move. When you wake up, you won’t remember anything about your surgery.

Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry isn’t just used for long, invasive oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures, though that is certainly a common use. You may be a candidate for sedation dentistry if you:

  • Have dental phobia or anxiety
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Suffer from unrelated chronic pain, like back pain
  • Need complex or difficult surgical procedures

Sedation dentistry is essential sometimes if you have a short gag reflex or just can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair. With several sedation options available, you can work with your oral surgeon to select a sedation method that works best for you.

Can I drive home after sedation?

No, you should not. As effective as IV, and general anesthesia are for dental surgeries, it isn’t safe to drive afterward. You should plan on having someone take you home and stay with you for the day until the effects wear off.