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Anesthesia Options

Ensuring Your Comfort

Many patients experience anxiety or dental phobias, especially when it comes to having surgery. Any type of surgical procedure can cause nervousness, but at Utah Surgical Arts, we make it a point to walk patients through procedures, thoroughly explain our steps for treatment, and help select the right type of anesthesia.

Our oral surgeons offer a variety of anesthetics at our offices in Provo, Payson, South Jordan, and Lehi, UT. During your first visit, Dr. Harris, Dr. Park, Dr. Brown, and Dr. Wood will evaluate your needs and create a treatment plan custom to your oral health and goals. We will answer all of your questions at any point so you can feel confident about your care.

Types of Anesthesia

Our surgeons at Utah Surgical Arts offer many anesthesia and sedation options for patients to choose from.

Visit Oral Surgeons: The Anesthesia Experts

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, Park, Brown, and Wood, and Wood manage a wide variety of problems relating to the face and jaw. The complexity of these treatments varies. Minor procedures may require only local anesthesia to numb the surgical area, while more extensive reconstructive surgeries will require general anesthesia, allowing patients to sleep comfortably through the procedure.

Oral surgeons are the only dental professionals qualified to safely administer all forms of anesthesia and sedation. General dentists may administer local anesthesia when performing simple tooth extractions, but when a patient requires stronger anesthesia or more complex care, the dentist will refer them to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

When undergoing any type of procedure at Utah Surgical Arts, you can rest comfortably knowing you are treated by experts in a surgical facility accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). We are the only oral surgery practice in the state of Utah with this prestigious accreditation.

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. We care about the health of our patients after leaving oru office. Each of our locations is proud to offer EXPAREL for 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 the surgical procedure in one dose and reduces or eliminates the need for narcotic pain medication.

EXPAREL provides extended analgesia, which means that pain relieving medication is slowly released in the area of surgery to numb the pain on-site. The slow release of this medication (an opioid-free local anesthetic called bupivacaine) provides long-lasting pain relief. EXPAREL starts working before the anesthesia wears off and provides continuous pain relief for several days following the procedure.

The Dangers of Opioid-Based Pain Relief

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.

Benefits of Opioid-Free EXPAREL

Long-lasting pain control. In clinical trials, patients who received EXPAREL during their procedure were shown to have pain relief for several days post-surgery. Many patients who choose EXPAREL for their oral surgery will not require an opioid medication for their post-surgical pain.

  • Non-addictive. EXPAREL offers effective post-surgical pain control without no risk of dependence. EXPAREL is not a narcotic and is not habit forming.
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for opioid medication. Since EXPAREL is administered during your procedure and continues to be effective throughout recovery, you are less likely to require expensive, risky, and inconvenient pain prescriptions. Plus, no prescription hassles!
  • Less risk of side effects. EXPAREL is administered in a single dose. This limits the amount of medicine you need and therefore limits the risk for any side effects.

Drs. Harris, Park, Brown, and Wood proudly offer EXPAREL for effective and long-lasting pain control without risky opioids. 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. You can also visit the official EXPARELwebsite to learn more about this remarkable medication and its clinical uses.

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