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Are you unconscious during oral surgery?

I am a 32 year old male. I want to know if you are unconscious during oral surgery?

8 Answers

General anesthesia is required for oral surgery and therefore you will be unconscious.
Only if general anesthesia. Oral surgery can be done with local anesthesia and/or sedation, if possible.
That depends. Personally, had all four impacted wisdom teeth extracted under local. If I was given a choice, I would have at least taken some pre-emptive oral sedation/pain medicine. Ideally, I would have elected for IV sedation with an anesthesiologist. If your oral surgeon offers sedation, whether conscious or unconscious, that is certainly a possibility.
If it’s oral surgery, not implant, yes
Do you mean to ask are you, the patient, unconscious? That depends on what procedure you are having and what anesthetic is planned. Often, sedation is given in combination with local anesthesia, i.e., versed and fentanyl are the most common IV drugs. For very major procedures, general anesthesia in a surgery center or hospital would be required, for instance, to repair a broken jaw. If you are a calm person and are having something not too complicated, i.e., a tooth extraction, local anesthesia alone would be sufficient.
Good luck with your procedure.

David Benefiel
It really depends on the oral surgeon and the procedure. For extensive repairs most oral surgeons use deep sedation where you are unaware of what is happening during the procedure. Some oral surgeons use anesthesia providers to employ general anesthesia in which case you are totally unconscious
Whether or not you are asleep for oral surgery depends on several factors. The surgeon, in conjunction with the anesthesiologist, will determine whether sedation or general anesthesia is indicated. Factors that influence this decision include patient factors (age, medical condition, preference, etc.), the extent and type of surgery and the availability of trained personnel and equipment to provide the anesthesia. Sometimes oral surgeons and dentists will administer their own sedation, including nitrous oxide. But that kind of sedation is usually aimed at provided a calm experience rather than an “asleep” experience. If you are planning to have oral surgery, be sure to ask your surgeon about sedation and anesthesia options.
It depends on the type and extent of the surgery. Most oral surgeries are done under sedation and because of the type of medication used you probably won't remember much. However, there are some oral surgeries that require more invasive procedures, so they might be performed under general anesthesia or "unconscious".