As board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. Holm and Cordova have advanced training in various anesthesia techniques. The different anesthetic options that our doctors offer uniquely qualify them amongst all other dental practitioners in the region. In the United States, oral and maxillofacial surgeons typically undergo extensive and intensive general anesthesia training as part of their residency experience. The American Society of Anesthesiologists have published a "statement on the anesthesia care team " which specifies that qualified anesthesia personnel include anesthesiologists, fellows of anesthesia, anesthesiology medical residents, and oral and maxillofacial surgery residents.
Not only do our oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer a wide variety of options from local anesthesia to hospital-based anesthesia, Drs. Holm and Cordova have maintained extensive up-to-date training and consistently meet the rigorous continuing education requirements to hold the required certifications and permits in the states of Idaho and Washington. This they do in order to safely administer the anesthetic options they provide for their patients. Various anesthetic techniques will be discussed during the consultation appointment with our doctors. Indications, contraindications, and anesthetic options will be thoroughly reviewed and considered in depth.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Laughing gas, scientifically known as nitrous oxide, is a mild type of sedative that wears off immediately when administration ceases. We administer this gas through a mask that goes over your nose, so you breathe it in directly. Our oral & maxillofacial surgeon administers the nitrous oxide as necessary during the procedure. Unlike other sedatives, nitrous oxide does not make you drowsy or groggy. In fact, this is the only sedative which allows you to safely drive after the procedure is complete.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation utilizes a heavier sedative and will cause you to feel sleepy after your appointment. This sedation option will be thoroughly discussed at your consultation appointment with our trained and certified doctor and team.
Before you receive any type of sedative, we will give you specific instructions to follow in the last 12 to 24 hours leading up to the procedure. This is because certain foods, drinks, and medicine can react negatively with the sedative, making you very sick and compromising the procedure. Additionally, except for nitrous oxide sedatives, we require that you arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the remainder of the day after your procedure.
Contact Oral & Facial Surgery in the Lewiston/Clarkston region at 208-743-1640 or in the Moscow/Pullman region at 509-330-5020 now to learn more about our sedation options.