Will I be awake for my surgery?

As with so many other parts of the treatment process, this will depend on a number of factors that are specific to your case. 

Some of the details Dr. Hayes will take into consideration include: 

  • Your medical history
  • Your sensitivity to medications
  • Any medications you are currently taking
  • The length of procedure
  • Your personal preferences

As a part of the advanced training that oral surgeons receive, Dr. Hayes has received training in anesthesia. He also works with an experienced anesthesia team to help keep you safe and comfortable. Different levels of anesthesia are available, and we’ll discuss your anesthesia needs as a part of the treatment planning process.

Most levels of anesthesia, including local anesthesia (numbing), nitrous oxide gas, and IV anesthesia allow you to remain awake during treatment (although some patients do become so relaxed that they fall asleep during their procedure!). If your procedure is going to be lengthy or you are particularly anxious, we may decide on general anesthesia. This is the type of anesthesia where you sleep through the surgery and only wake up once your procedure is complete. 

We can provide all levels of anesthesia right here in our Lafayette oral surgery practice, but if needed, a hospital setting is also available for some cases.

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