Ensuring Your Comfort During Treatment
At Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery, we want to provide you with the most comfortable and relaxed surgical experience possible. It is not uncommon for some patients to feel nervous or anxious about their upcoming treatment. That is why Dr. Balaci and Dr. Forbes offer multiple options for anesthesia and sedation, and will help you determine which option is right for you.
Types of Anesthesia
The anesthesia or sedation method used for your surgery is dependent on the type of procedure being performed as well as your personal preference. Some types can be combined for stronger sedation.
Is My Oral Surgeon Qualified to Administer Anesthesia During My Procedure?
Unlike many practitioners, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have obtained first-hand experience administering anesthesia during their required hospital residency, as well as their training in office surgical facilities. During this training period, or residency, they gain experience administering all types of anesthesia while caring for patients with a variety of surgical needs. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only dental professionals qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia while monitoring patient safety during surgery.
EXPAREL® for Extended Pain Control
For many years, medical providers have been concerned about the growing opioid crisis in our country. Despite the risks they carry, opioids, also called narcotics, are the most commonly prescribed pain medications post-surgery. One out of 15 surgical patients continue long-term opioid use after receiving prescriptions from their doctors.
EXPAREL is a clinically proven, safe medication for extended post-operative pain relief that does not carry the risk of dependence or other negative side effects associated with opioids. EXPAREL is administered in a single dose by your oral surgeon directly to the surgical site. It provides pain relief for up to 72 hours post-surgery and reduces or eliminates the need for prescription medications.
As part of our dedication to providing the safest care possible, the team at Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery is proud to offer EXPAREL to patients. The safety of this medication and its long-lasting success for managing pain has brought this medication to the forefront of oral surgery. EXPAREL is quickly becoming the preferred post-operative pain control choice by oral surgeons as well as their patients.
The Risk of Opioid Prescription Medications
A few of the commonly prescribed narcotics you may be familiar with include codeine, fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydrocodone (Vicodin® and Norco®). These pain-control medications have the same active ingredient as the drug heroin and can be extremely dangerous if not taken exactly as prescribed. They are addictive and have many negative side effects, including:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Long-lasting withdrawal symptoms such as irritability and anxiety
Opioids can be very unsafe if taken with alcohol or with certain antidepressant medications, antibiotics, or sleeping pills.
How Does EXPAREL Work?
When EXPAREL is a part of your treatment plan, your oral surgeon will administer a single dose of EXPAREL to the surgical site during surgery. This dose will immediately take effect, utilizing a narcotic-free anesthetic called bupivacaine that is slowly released into the area of surgery and providing strong pain relief. In many cases, prescription pain medications can be postponed or eliminated because EXPAREL extends its pain-relieving effect for several days after surgery.
By adding EXPAREL to your treatment plan as a safe and effective alternative to narcotics, you can achieve lasting pain control while safeguarding yourself from the risks and side-effects of opioid medications.