General Anesthesia

Randall D. Stastny, DMD -  - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc.

Randall D. Stastny, DMD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Cincinnati, OH

If you’re among those who find a dentist appointment stressful, consider easing your fears with sedation during your visit. At Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc., experienced surgeon Dr. Randall Stastny has extensive experience in delivering sedation and general anesthesia to patients who need it. If you live in Cincinnati or the surrounding area, call the office or book an appointment online to learn how you can make your visit to the dentist as painless and pleasant as possible.

General Anesthesia Q&A

What are the anesthesia options for an oral health appointment?

At Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc., Dr. Stastny provides different levels of anesthesia options. These include:

  • Local anesthesia– numbs the treatment area, but you still feel pressure and hear sounds
  • Local anesthesia with nitrous oxide, or laughing gas– reduces some of the sensations you may notice with just local anesthesia alone
  • Intravenous sedation– sedation through an IV; you are conscious enough to answer simple questions, but won’t feel any physical sensations during the procedure
  • General anesthesia– puts you completely “under” so you are unaware of your surroundings

Dr. Stastny usually applies local anesthesia as well when offering general and sedation anesthesia.

Is it common to use general anesthesia during dental procedures?

General anesthesia was actually discovered by Horace Wells, a dentist, in 1845. Two years later, another dentist named William Morton improved the delivery of general anesthesia during the removal of a neck tumor. These two episodes began a long tradition of dentists utilizing general anesthesia to ease patients’ discomfort.

What kind of training is required to deliver general anesthesia?

As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Stastny is trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration. During his five years of post-dental school residency, he apprenticed alongside medical residents in general medicine and surgery, surgical intensive care, emergency room care, plastic surgery, and anesthesia administration. He is well-trained in evaluating anesthesia needs, delivering anesthesia, and offering post-anesthetic care.

He maintains his anesthesia skills as a volunteer teacher at the University of Cincinnati Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program, University Hospital Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Dr. Stastny holds a general anesthesia license through the Ohio State Dental Board that is reviewed and renewed every five years. This standard of licensing, begun in Ohio, has become standard practice for the rest of the country – enforced by the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

To find out more about how anesthesia can help get you through your dental and oral procedures, call the office of Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc. or book an appointment online today.