what to expect

General Anesthesia

There are three main choices for anesthesia. Depending on your procedure and comfort level your oral surgeon will recommend one of the following:

  1. Local Anesthesia
  2. Nitrous Oxide
  3. General Anesthesia

For Patients Receiving General Anesthesia

For Patients Receiving General Anesthesia

Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight prior to surgery, not even water. (gum or mints are also not advised)

If you are less than 18 years of age, you MUST have a legal guardian accompany you on the day of surgery. That person must stay in the office during the procedure and escort you home after surgery. 

Your driver needs to arrive with you to the appointment and remain in the waiting area during your procedure.

Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and comfortable walking shoes. Open-toed shoes are not advised, tennis shoes are recommended. 

Remove contact lenses before surgery. Please leave them at home. 

DO NOT wear lipstick, makeup, excessive cologne/perfume, or nail polish on the day of surgery. 

Take any pre-medications that were prescribed to you. 

Leave all valuables at home. No cellphones will be permitted in the surgical suite. 

For All Patients

  1. Continue all regular medications unless directed otherwise by your surgeon.

  2. Bring with you any dentures or partial dentures that you wear.

  3. If you regularly use an inhaler or glucose monitor please have those with you on your surgery day.

  4. Dress comfortably and wear loose clothing, including short sleeves.

  5. Please use good oral and personal hygiene. It is ok to brush teeth prior to surgery, avoid swallowing water when rinsing.

  6. Questions? Please call the office we’re happy to help. 

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Sara S.
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...Dr. Kratky was very thorough as he went over the procedure and after care. He put my fears to ease and answered all my questions. I had never had surgery or sedation so I was very nervous. He took the time to get to know me before taking me back. I had a great experience with this location and Dr. Kratky. I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs their wisdom teeth removed.
Courtney J.
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Awesome experience here!! My son was so nervous for his permanent tooth extraction, especially after all he had been through. Thank you Dr. Backer and staff for your excellent care and consideration and just being so understanding. I was impressed from the front desk staff to the nurse that helped us out the door after the extraction. I knew at the consultation that we were at the right place. Thank you!!

what to expect

There are three main choices for anesthesia. Depending on your procedure and comfort level your oral surgeon will recommend one of the following:

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is administered by injection at the site of treatment. A topical anesthetic will be placed first to numb the area to help alleviate any discomfort when the injection is given. You will be awake during this type of anesthesia, and though you may feel some pressure and movement, you should not experience any pain. 

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, is the lightest form of sedation. The medication will be administered by breathing through a nasal mask. Nitrous is very short acting and is completely eliminated from the body within minutes after being turned off. This allows the patient the ability to leave the office without an escort because there is no hang-over effect. Although the effects vary from patient to patient, most patients feel that nitrous oxide “just takes the edge off”.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia will be administered via an IV in the arm. IV sedation will put you in a safe, relaxed, and comfortable state throughout your surgery. It is the most effective at reducing awareness and anxiety for dental procedures. You will be asleep throughout the procedure and your medication intake, breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure will all be monitored by our surgical team. The medications administered will take approximately 24 hours to be completely eliminated, there fore you will not be permitted to drive following the procedure. A responsible driver will need to arrive with you to your appointment and wait in our office until the surgery is finished so they can take you home. 

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