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Anesthesia Options

A Variety of Choices for Any Type of Oral Surgery

Most oral surgery procedures require some form of anesthesia, whether it’s a local numbing agent or IV sedation. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained in all forms of outpatient anesthesia. Dr. Robert Wood, Dr. Nicholas Coles, Dr. Negin Saghafi, and Dr. Jerome Holbrook at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons have years of training and experience administering anesthesia for wisdom teeth procedures, facial surgeries, and more. The type of anesthesia necessary usually depends on the type and extent of your surgery, your overall health, and your preferences.

EXPAREL®—Non-Narcotic Pain Relief After Surgery

EXPAREL is an opioid-free medication that provides effective pain relief for patients recovering from surgery. One dose administered during surgery works for up to 72 hours. EXPAREL can reduce or even eliminate the need for an opioid-based medication during the post-operative period.

Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons offers EXPAREL to help patients experience a comfortable recovery without the use of a prescribed narcotic. 

Benefits of EXPAREL

  • No risk of dependence or withdrawal.
  • One dose administered during surgery.
  • Prescription pain medication may be reduced or even eliminated.
  • Effective pain relief up to 72 hours after administration.

The Risk of Opioids

Many patients are given a prescription for an opioid-based medication as a way to manage their pain after surgery. However, many opioid prescriptions turn into abuse due to their addictive nature. 11.5 million Americans abused a prescribed opioid in 2016, according to the CDC.

Opioids can include a number of side effects, such as addiction, constipation, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, depression, confusion, and more. Opioid abuse can lead to symptoms up to and including death.

EXPAREL is a safe and non-narcotic way for patients to experience a comfortable recovery. During your consultation, ask us about ways to manage discomfort following oral surgery and if EXPAREL is right for you.

Anesthesia Options at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Your comfort and safety are our top priorities. Our surgeons have years of experience administering anesthesia for patients of all ages. During your first visit, we will go over all of your anesthesia and sedation options and discuss EXPAREL for long-lasting relief after surgery. Contact our office in Tucson or Oro Valley today to schedule your appointment.

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Contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons to begin your journey to better oral health. We’ve been caring for patients in southern Arizona for over 50 years and look forward to caring for you and your loved ones.