Anesthesia

See our Oral Surgery Pre-Op Sedation Instructions here.

$160 per 15 minutes for surgeries that do not include sedation.  IV anesthesia is included with most of our surgeries.  Sedation is used to relax patients so the surgery is easier for everyone.  Sedation does not take away pain, we use local anesthetics injections after the patient is sedated to block pain.

In the US, most wisdom teeth are removed with IV sedation.  IV sedation is also used for procedures like colonoscopies or placing heart stents.  IV sedation can range from light to deep.  Light sedation means the patient feels relaxed and may lightly doze off but can communicate and remembers most of the procedure.  Deep sedation means the patient is completely passed out, does not respond, and probably only vaguely remembers starting the IV.  Most deeply sedate patients do not even remember leaving the office – they were awake & responsive when they left but they don’t remember it later.

We prefer to keep our patients on the deep side of sedation when safe.  Severe heart or lung disease, severe sleep apnea, significant obesity, and other conditions may prevent us from using deep sedation.  These patients may still be a candidate for light or moderate sedation.

For your safety, Dr. Haverkorn maintains certification in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support.  Our office routinely holds emergency drills and keeps a fully stocked crash cart.  Dr. Haverkorn still intubates patients in the OR to maintain his skills and is one of only a few oral surgeons to have elective tracheotomy privileges at the hospital, meaning Dr. Haverkorn is experienced and comfortable handling difficult airways.

We offer IV sedation to five years and above.  This is hard rule for us.  We will not sedate children who are 4 years and 364 days old or younger.  There is no maximum age.  We do not restrain children to start IVs.  If a child cannot tolerate placement of an IV we will take the child to an operating room where an anesthesiologist can use gas to put the child to sleep until an IV can be started.

Patients planning to have sedation must be fasting eight hours (except for water, you may have small amounts of water up to two hours before the appointment) and have an adult driver to take them home.  We do not allow sedated patients to take a taxi, bus, or ride share.