What To Expect From Your Oral Surgery

santa rosa oral surgeryWhen you need a complex oral health issue addressed, such as wisdom tooth extraction, tooth loss, or even jawbone grafting, then you need oral surgery. Our team offers an array of treatments to handle issues like facial trauma and more. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa, CA, oral and maxillofacial surgeons talk about what to expect from your oral surgery experience, and the steps we take to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure.

When Do You Need Treatment?

You may be referred to our team by your general dentist or orthodontist, and we regularly work alongside other doctors to ensure care is continued after oral surgery without missing a beat. You can also schedule an appointment directly when you develop complex issues that need attention, such as dental implant placement, tooth extraction, impacted teeth, facial trauma, or jaw surgery. Our team follows the same strict guidelines and regulations that hospital operating rooms do, and in fact, our doctors are also members of the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Trauma Team, so we have unique experience in addressing serious injuries and rebuilding smiles with a focus on esthetics, so you feel proud of your results.

Your Initial Consultation

When you need oral surgery, you will attend an initial visit that involves our team examining the smile with advanced digital imaging, such as digital x-rays and CBCT imagery, so we can make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy, and also plan treatment in detail. Every smile is unique, and your oral surgery will be personalized for you.

Preparing for Your Visit

We recommend coming to the appointment on time and wearing loose and comfortable clothing. Please follow any fasting recommendations we may have suggested for your sedation, such as avoiding food and drink for the eight hours before the procedure. Your treatment will usually begin in the morning. When you arrive, we will have you fill out any necessary paperwork and will invite you back. We then administer the sedation that will help you enter a calm and relaxed state.

Anesthesia and Sedation

Our team offers several options to help you stay comfortable and relaxed, so you can undergo treatment and avoid discomfort. We want your experience to be a positive one! We have local numbing agents for specific areas being treated, or general anesthesia to help you with complex issues, so you enter a sleep-like state. For the intermediate surgeries, we have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation, both of which keep you comfortable with little to no memory of the procedure afterward. The option we choose for you will depend on a number of different factors, such as age, weight, medications, medical history, and anxiety levels. Even if you have dental anxiety or special needs, we want to offer relief so you can enjoy your visit and obtain the results you deserve!

During Your Procedure

During the procedure, your anesthesia and sedation will help you enjoy a relaxed and comfortable state. You may be conscious and able to respond to us during the treatment as needed. We will let you know what to expect regarding the timeframe. Be sure you have a friend or family member available to take you home afterward. We will send any aftercare instructions with them, as well as any prescriptions for necessary medications to keep you comfortable and facilitate a complication-free healing time.


Once you arrive home, you just need to relax and follow our instructions regarding eating, drinking, and medications. We will schedule a follow-up to make sure you are healing as you should. For some, a return to normal routines could take as little as 24 to 48 hours, while other more complex treatments may require a longer healing time. We take care to use advanced technology to ensure better healing periods and optimal results. If you have any questions about our approach to oral surgery, or about how to prepare for your visit, then please reach out to our team today. We look forward to helping you enjoy your best possible smile!

Learn More About Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA

Our team wants to help you enjoy your time in the office, and to enjoy the results of your procedure. To learn more about what to expect from your treatment experience, give us a call at Santa Rosa Oral Surgery at (707)545-4625 today! From minor issues like tooth extractions to serious jaw surgeries, we can help you enjoy better bite function and beauty. Reach out to our team today if you have concerns that need attention, we are ready to transform the health, function, and beauty of your smile with oral surgery.