Anesthesia Options

If you're coming to us from nearby Chicago or anywhere in McHenry County for any oral surgery treatment, you can expect to receive outstanding care. Here at Lehman & Menis Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Specialists, we keep our patients informed and educated about their condition and procedure. During your first visit with your oral surgeon, we will discuss each option for your anesthesia in detail. Your anxiety level, medical history, and type of procedure will all factor into the type of anesthesia that is right for you.

As oral surgeons, Dr. Gregory Lehman and Dr. Michael Menis completed hospital-based oral and maxillofacial surgery residency programs where they were trained in emergency medicine, general surgery, and anesthesiology. Oral surgeons are the only healthcare specialists other than anesthesiologists who are trained and qualified to administer all levels of sedation, including general anesthesia. We offer a variety of anesthesia and sedation options to both relax you during your procedures as well as eliminate any sensation during surgery. For the safest sedation experience possible, our experienced and well-trained surgical assistants will monitor you continuously during and after your procedure.

Types of Anesthesia

Your oral surgeon will determine the anesthesia that is optimal for your oral surgery procedure during your consultation appointment. We offer the following types of in-office anesthesia and sedation:

About Local Anesthesia

Also called lidocaine, this type of anesthesia is used in all oral surgeries, usually along with other forms of anesthesia. It quickly eliminates the sensation in the area, causing numbness.

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About Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is an inhaled gas that has both calming and mild pain-relieving effects. Dentistry has utilized nitrous oxide safely and effectively for many years combined with other types of anesthesia, such as local anesthesia.

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About IV Sedation and General Anesthesia

Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation, is often referred to as twilight sleep because it lowers anxiety while removing sensation during procedures as the patient drifts in and out of consciousness. General anesthesia induces an unconscious state in which the patient is completely unaware of the procedure being performed. If you are undergoing general anesthesia, you must not have anything to eat or drink, excluding prescription medications with a small sip of water, for at least 8 hours before receiving general anesthesia, and a responsible adult is required to drive you home and stay with you after your procedure.

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Crystal Lake’s Anesthesia Professionals

Crystal Lake’s Anesthesia Professionals

As proud professionals who have been providing exceptional care to the people of McHenry County and nearby Chicago areas for many years, Dr. Lehman and Dr. Menis are the experts in safely administering all forms of anesthesia or sedation. When it comes to safety and oral surgery, you can count on the team at Lehman & Menis Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Specialists.

For your convenience, we include our general pre-operative instructions that will tell you what you should do and not do before undergoing certain types of anesthesia. It is extremely important to follow all instructions as provided by your oral surgeon both before and after your procedure. If you have any questions about your care, please do not hesitate to contact our office. If you have been referred for oral surgery, would like to request a consultation, or have questions, please contact us today. We look forward to meeting you.

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