Anesthesia Options

Background Information

Oral and maxillofacial surgery requires additional years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from medical and dental school. As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Drs. Harris, Brown, Park, and Wood manage a wide variety of problems relating to the facial and jaw regions. They practice full-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to corrective jaw surgery. This also includes techniques designed to rebuild bone structure with minimal surgical intervention and optimal patient comfort. We can also diagnose and treat most facial injuries and fractures.

Our surgeons offer all forms of anesthesia in a state-of-the-art office setting. You can rest comfortably knowing you are treated by experts in a surgical facility accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)

Surgical Staff

The surgical staff at Utah Surgical Arts are experienced, certified oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants who assist in surgery and the administration of anesthesia. All staff members are informed administrative personnel, well versed in health and insurance policies, and are CPR certified.

Exparel® for Long-Lasting Pain Relief

Utah Surgical Arts is dedicated to ensuring our patients remain comfortable and safe throughout their surgical experience with us. To this end, each of our practice locations is proud to offer Exparel to our surgical patients for highly effective, long-lasting pain relief without the risks associated with prescribed opioid-based pain medication. Exparel is a proven alternative to opioid pain control that is administered during your surgical procedure in one dose that lasts for several days into your recovery. This type of pain management is quickly becoming the preference for medical professionals and patients because not only does it remove the risks associated with opioids, it can reduce cost as well as remove or lessen the need for potentially dangerous post-surgical prescription pain medications.

Why are opioid-based pain medications a risk?

The standard for post-surgical pain management has for many years been to prescribe opioid medication. However, opioid-based prescription pain medications are narcotics and work similarly to the drug heroine in the human body — the prevalence of these highly addictive medications has unfortunately led our country into an opioid addiction crisis. Narcotics such as the opioid pain medication that is prescribed for post-surgical pain have a very high risk of dependence for anyone, anywhere, at any age. One out of 15 surgical patients goes on to develop a long-term opioid dependency and more than 115 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses.

How does Exparel work?

Exparel provides extended analgesia, which means that pain relieving medication is slowly released in your area of surgery to numb the pain on-site. The slow release of this medication (an opioid-free local anesthetic called bupivacaine) is what allows Exparel its long-lasting pain relief with just a single dose. The medication in Exparel starts working to control pain during your procedure and continues to effectively control your pain during recovery for up to several days.

Some of the incredible benefits of Exparel include

Drs. Harris, Park, Brown, and Wood of Utah Surgical Arts offer Exparel to their surgical patients that would like effective and long-lasting pain control without the risk. If you would like to learn more about how Exparel works and how to add it to your treatment plan, please contact Utah Surgical Arts in Provo, Payson, or South Jordan, Utah. Drs. Harris, Park, Brown, or Wood will be pleased to discuss this safe and proven medication with you.