Dr. Trevor Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

Dentists located in Renton, WA

In some cases, patients need oral surgery to resolve certain dental problems, such as impacted wisdom teeth. This process can be frightening for patients, as it often involves anesthesia. Dr. Trevor Tsuchikawa is an experienced oral surgeon who offers this service to patients throughout Renton, Washington, and the surrounding area. To learn more about oral surgery, please contact Dr. Trevor Cosmetic and Family Dentistry online or by phone to schedule a consultation today.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is a surgical procedure that’s typically performed on an outpatient basis. In most cases, this procedure will be performed under general anesthesia.

When is Oral Surgery Appropriate?

Most patients have oral surgery because they need one or more teeth removed and don’t want to have the procedure without general anesthesia. Patients may also need oral surgery in cases where teeth are impacted.

Dr. Trevor will let you know whether oral surgery is appropriate in your situation. In some cases, you may have other options that aren’t as expensive.

What are the Risks of Oral Surgery?

Anytime you’re under general anesthesia, certain risks apply. In rare cases, for example, patients have an allergic reaction to anesthesia. However, serious complications from oral surgery procedures are unlikely. Dr. Trevor is experienced with oral surgery, and he’ll make sure your anesthesia dosage is appropriate and safe. You’ll also be monitored carefully throughout the procedure for any signs of a bad reaction to the medication.

After the procedure, some patients may feel nauseated. However, this side effect will fade as the medication wears off. Some of the other possible side effects of oral surgery include pain, bleeding, and dry socket.

How Long is the Recovery?

Immediately after oral surgery, you may feel sleepy. During the first 24 hours after the procedure, you won’t be able to drive or operate any heavy machinery.

In the days that follow the procedure, you may have some pain in your mouth. Dr. Trevor may prescribe medication you can take to stay comfortable. He’ll also tell you how long you should expect to feel pain. If your pain worsens or lasts longer than it should, contact Dr. Trevor for guidance.

How Much Will the Procedure Cost?

Oral surgery is usually more expensive than other dental procedures that are performed without general anesthesia. However, if you have dental insurance, your policy may cover some of these expenses.

The staff at Dr. Trevor Cosmetic and Family Dentistry will prepare a detailed quote for the cost of the procedure before you schedule it. We’ll also help you determine how much your insurance company will cover.