Frequently Asked Questions:
What types of anesthesia are available?
- Topical anesthesia
- A topical anesthetic is a gel or liquid applied on the oral mucosa to desensitize the tissue prior to the injection of a local anesthetic.
- Local anesthesia
- Regional anesthesia in which an anesthetic solution is injected into the operative field so that small terminal nerve fibers and their sensory receptors are rendered insensitive in the area of the operative site.
- Intravenous sedation
- A depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient's ability to maintain an airway and to respond to physical stimulation or verbal commands, produced by the intravenous administration of a pharmacologic agent.
- Inhalation sedation
- A depressed level of consciousness produced by inspiring a mixture of anesthetic gases.(oxygen and nitrous oxide)
- General anesthesia
- A controlled state of unconsciousness with a complete loss of protective reflexes, including loss of the ability to maintain an airway and respond to physical stimulation, produced by a pharmacologic agent.
Do I have to have an intravenous line (needle) in my arm or hand?
Yes. Intravenous lines are required for intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.
Can I have outpatient general anesthesia at the Owensboro Surgery Center?
Yes. Arrangements can be made for Dr. Tucker to perform your surgery at the ambulatory surgery center.
Email comments, questions or suggestions to:
Steven R. Tucker DMD, PSC
909 Scherm Rd
Owensboro, KY 42301
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