If you’re considering oral surgery, you may have questions about sedation, which is a common aspect of many procedures. Let’s discuss some frequently asked questions and offer some insight to help you make informed decisions and feel at ease about your upcoming procedure at the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute.

What is Sedation in Oral Surgery?

Oral sedation is a technique used to ensure patients remain comfortable and relaxed during procedures. It involves the use of medications to induce a state of calm and minimize discomfort or anxiety. At the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute, we offer various sedation options for your specific needs. 

Why is Sedation Used in Oral Surgery? 

Sedation is used for several reasons: 

  • Reducing Anxiety: Sedation helps patients feel more at ease and less anxious about the procedure. 
  • Enhancing Comfort: It minimizes pain and discomfort during and after surgery. 
  • Promoting Cooperation: Sedation ensures patients remain still and cooperative during the procedure, aiding Dr. Davis. 
  • Memory Suppression: Some sedation methods can cause temporary amnesia, helping patients forget the procedure itself. 

Common Sedation Methods

There are different types of sedation used in oral surgery: 

  • Local Anesthesia: Numbing specific areas of the mouth. 
  • Conscious Sedation: A relaxed but conscious state using medications. 
  • General Anesthesia: A deep sleep-like state for more complex surgeries. 

FAQ: Your Sedation Questions Answered

Is sedation necessary for all oral surgery procedures? 

Sedation is not always necessary but can greatly improve your comfort throughout the procedure. Dr. Davis or one of his assistants can discuss your options with you. 

How is the type of sedation determined? 

The type of sedation depends on the procedure’s complexity, your medical history, and your comfort level. Dr. Davis is able to make the best recommendation. 

What are the potential risks and side effects of sedation? 

Sedation is generally safe. Though there are concerns, including changes in heart rate, nausea, and headaches, side effects will be discussed with you prior to your procedure. 

How should I prepare for sedation? 

Typically, fasting from foods and liquids is standard, but Dr. Davis will discuss your specific pre-sedation instructions with you. 

What is the recovery process after sedation? 

Recovery time varies depending on the type of sedation used. Our staff will likely monitor you for a period of time after your procedure and discuss your post-operative care instructions with you and your designated driver. 


Your comfort and safety are our top priorities, and our team at the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute is here to address your questions and concerns throughout your procedure. Our team is highly trained in sedation administration and safety protocols to minimize any potential risks. Ready to discuss your oral surgery needs or have more questions about sedation? Contact the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute today to schedule a consultation.