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Anesthesia Options


We understand that many patients are apprehensive or even outright scared to have surgery in their mouth. Before your surgery, we will discuss all options to make your visit comfortable and to allay any fears you may have.  During your consultation, we will evaluate what is best for you based on your age, health history, anxiety level, and the type of surgery.  Together we will decide what will be the safest and most comfortable option, whether it is general anesthesia or just local numbing prior to your surgery.

Local Anesthesia

After a topical numbing agent is used on your gums, local anesthesia is administered to numb the teeth and gums near the area being worked on.  This will last only a couple of hours. This is a great option for patients who have little or no anxiety before the procedure.

Laughing Gas/Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide, or “laughing gas”, is an odorless gas that is mixed with oxygen and breathed in through a nasal mask during surgery.  It does not put you to sleep, but will help relieve any nervousness or anxiety while you are in the office.  There are no residual effect from the gas once you leave the office.  You will be able drive yourself home and will not feel any lasting effects throughout the day. This is not a good option for patients who are oxygen dependent or who have severe lung disease. Because the gas does not sedate you, this is a good option for patients with mild anxiety who do not mind being aware and awake during the procedure.

IV Sedation/General Anesthesia

IV Anesthesia is the best option for patients with moderate to severe levels of anxiety or who will be undergoing more extensive surgery. The decision to undergo IV sedation will depend on your health, age and other factors that will be discussed during a consultation. Most IV sedation will be performed in the office, but depending on your health it may be performed in a hospital setting. With general anesthesia you will not be aware of anything during the procedure and will not remember anything afterward.  If you plan to undergo IV sedation be sure to read our Instructions Before Anesthesia.

Instruction Before Having General Anesthesia

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Dr. Loveless is amazing. I will continue to use and refer people to him.

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I had a great experience at Archway. I went there to get four wisdom teeth removed. The office was clean. The staff was nice and efficient. Dr. Loveless was warm and the Spotify music was a nice touch. The procedure went through with no problems and I didn’t feel a thing. I received a post op call and great instructions. Overall, the experience exceeded my expectations after you hear all the horror stories regarding wisdom teeth removal.

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This surgeon is great. ALL his staff is outstanding. Had implant done, basically painless, very interesting procedure. Assistant /hygienist (practically doctor) Emily was great. Highly recommend this office.

Larry C.
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We were headed to Florida when my son came down with an abscessed tooth. Dr. Loveless was able to get us in and remove his tooth before our flight. I can’t thank Laurie enough for making what could be a scary experience for my 7 year old, a fun, pleasant one. I can’t express how thankful I am for her treating him like her own and making sure he was comfortable. She went above and beyond in my eyes and made this nervous mom rest a little easier. Thank you both!!!

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Best oral surgery place! Everyone is so friendly & caring! They did a great job of making sure I was comfortable & the surgeon did an excellent job-they even gave me some Ted Drewes to bring home!

Deb M.
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Dr. Loveless was wonderful, kind, professional, and really made me feel comfortable. He is the kind of man you would want as your regular dentist for not only yourself, but for also your family, neighbors, former roommates twice removed (you get the picture lol). I was completely and utterly scared when I went in and he and the staff helped ease my fears. I didn’t feel anything, he worked quickly, and I left feeling really confident in his work. I hope I never need oral surgery again but if I do, I’m going to [him], hands down. I would absolutely recommend [him] to anyone. 🙂

Jenny C.
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Dr. Loveless did an amazing job. I needed a wisdom tooth extracted that had a large cavity. He got it out whole in less than 1 minute. He is great. His staff is wonderful too. My whole experience was great. I will refer anyone that needs an oral surgeon!

Pamela W.
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Very friendly staff. Doctor spent time to explain and answer questions. Easy to make an appointment. Easy to get a recheck. Staff and Doctor made themselves readily available for questions after surgery even during holidays.

Laurie M.
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“You are an awesome doctor! Also, your assistants were great and made everything so much easier. Thank you for being such a caring doctor.”

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Great place. Super nice staff and quick procedures. Everyone I know who got surgery done elsewhere was bedridden for a week but I had almost immediate recovery time. Highly recommend this place

Clayton J.
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