What is Sedation and Anesthesia?

Kelowna Oral & Facial Surgery is a General Anesthesia facility that offers all levels of sedation to ensure patient comfort and safety for all oral surgery procedures. The sedation spectrum includes minimal sedationmoderate sedationdeep sedation, and general anesthesia (GA).

Minimal sedation is a minimally depressed level of consciousness during which you respond normally to touch and verbal command. It is most often produced by an orally administered drug that you take before a procedure. During the procedure you will be relaxed but will remain responsive and remember the procedure.

Moderate sedation is an IV (intravenous) drug-induced depression of consciousness during which you respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by light touch. During the surgery you will be very relaxed but will remain responsive. You will still hear the surgery and have some sensation. Your recollection of the surgery may be patchy.

Deep sedation is an IV drug-induced depression of consciousness during which you cannot be easily aroused. During the surgery you will be extremely relaxed, and only very rarely have any recollection of the surgery.

General Anesthesia (GA) uses a combination of IV and inhaled (gas) medications that results in a complete loss of consciousness. During your surgery under general anesthesia, you will be completely asleep, feel no pain, and have no memory of the procedure.

Minimal and moderate sedation can be administered by many general dentists, but deep sedation and general anesthesia may only be administered by a medical anesthesiologist or a certified dental specialist with extensive anesthesia training. At Kelowna Oral & Facial Surgery, general anesthesia is always administered by an anesthesiologist licensed with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and fully trained in all levels of monitoring and life support.