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Office Based Anesthesia

When you need oral and maxillofacial surgery, anesthesia might be necessary to ensure your comfort during the procedure. There are many options for anesthesia including:
•  Local Anesthesia: In this method you receive injections in the area of the mouth where the work is being performed. The lidocaine (or other medicine of the doctor's choosing) numbs the site of the surgery. This method does not affect your consciousness, it simply numbs the area to eliminate any feeling in the area where the work is being performed.
•  Oral Pre-Medications: Oral medication is an effective way to promote relaxation before and during surgery. This is a common method for patients that suffer from anxiety during dental procedures. The medication, which is a tranquilizer, will be administered one hour prior to your surgery and will make you less aware of what is going on during the surgery.
•  Intravenous Sedation: IV sedation promotes an even deeper sedation, but it still allows you to be aware of your surroundings. You might have reduced consciousness, but you will feel 'good.' Your level of pain tolerance will increase and you may not remember what occurred during the surgery despite being partially awake.
•  Intravenous General Anesthesia: This is the form of sedation that is the most similar to the anesthesia used in the hospital surgical room. With IV general anesthesia, you are completely unconscious/unaware during the procedure. You will not have a tube in your lungs and you will be able to move your limbs, but you will be completely unaware of what occurs during the surgery. This is most commonly used for extensive surgeries that would otherwise cause large amounts of pain/discomfort for the patient.


The Experts in the Field
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to handle the various forms of anesthesia. The training received is similar to the training medical professionals who work in a hospital setting receive. Dr. Frishkey's training was received at the Texas Medical Center at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center. He is formally trained on all aspects of anesthesia, ranging from the process of properly using an IV to advanced cardiac life support.

Choosing the Right Anesthesia

Before your procedure, Dr. Frishkey will consult with you about the procedure, what it entails and your comfort level with the process. If it is determined that anesthesia is necessary, he will go over your options with you. The level of anesthesia that is used will depend on the complexity of the surgery, as well as your overall health. Dr. Frishkey will need to know about any illnesses and/or medications that you are currently taking in order to determine the level of safety of anesthesia for you. In addition, it might be necessary for him to consult with your medical doctors to make the right choice for you.

Preparing for Anesthesia

In order to ensure your safety during the procedure, you will be unable to have anything to eat or drink six hours before receiving any type of IV sedation. If you are going to be taking oral sedation, you should avoid having a heavy meal prior to surgery. Any type of sedation, aside from local anesthetic requires you to have someone drive you home from the procedure as your state of consciousness is altered during the procedure.

After Surgery
Once the surgery is complete, we will monitor you for a while in recovery. Dr. Frishkey ensures that every patient is stable by monitoring their vital signs. Once it is determined that you are stable, you will be able to go home with your designated driver. Your activity should be monitored for the 24 hours following the anesthesia and you should avoid any strenuous activity or operation of machinery for that time period as well.

If you have any questions regarding the safety, effectiveness or your eligibility to receive anesthesia for oral and maxillofacial surgery, please feel free to contact Dr. Frishkey for a consultation.

Frank RL Frishkey DDS
11725 Highland Meadow
Houston, TX 77089-6827
phone: (281) 484-9400
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