General Anesthesia and IV Sedation

Anxiety and fear are very common emotions to experience when one is about to undergo an oral surgical procedure. It is nothing to be ashamed of or self conscious about. Please feel free to discuss this with us prior to your surgery. For many procedures, a local anesthetic(Novocaine) is sufficient. However, depending on the procedure, and the patient, there are instances where local anesthesia alone would not be advised. Therefore IV Sedation or General Anesthesia is recommended for your comfort. Dr. Borenstein will discuss this with you in detail at your consultation visit. Please be sure to follow our instructions for IV Sedation and General Anesthesia on the day of your surgery.

When discussing options for IV Sedation and General Anesthesia, a complete, accurate, and up to date review of your medical history is necessary to determine if you are a candidate for IV Sedation/General Anesthesia in the office setting. Please remember to tell us all of the medications you are taking, recent changes in your health if any, any past surgeries or medical procedures, and medicine allergies you may have. For patients with more serious medical concerns, a consultation with either your primary care physician or medical specialist may be needed prior to your surgery. In some cases, your medical condition may require the surgery to be done in a hospital setting. Dr. Borenstein is on staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and LAC/USC Medical Center.