If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, delaying or ignoring necessary treatment is not the best option. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons receive extensive and specialized training in the area of pain and anxiety control, including training in anesthesia. To keep anxious patients comfortable and able to undergo certain treatments, oral surgeons offer sedation through oral, inhalational or intravenous routes. Intravenous sedation is used to produce a calm and relaxed state. While patients may be aware of their surroundings, they are generally relaxed and will not remember the much of the procedure itself. To be able to offer such care to their patients, oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo 5-7 years of hospital based surgical training and residency, after obtaining their dental degree. Furthermore, their offices are usually different from a general dentistry office, as they require specialized equipment to safely provide anesthesia services. Your surgeon can discuss your needs prior to your procedure and review possible risks and benefits of each approach. More information about anesthesia options could be found on our website.