Anesthesia, Digital Panographic X-rays, & CAT Scan 3D Cone Beam


What Types of Anesthesia Are There?

  • Local – this numbs an area of your body, and you are able to stay awake and aware of what is happening.
  • Conscious Sedation – this is a mild sedative to relax you. You stay awake, but may not remember the procedure afterwards.
  • Regional Anesthesia – blocks pain in an area of the body, such as your arm or leg. Epidural Anesthesia is an example of regional anesthesia which is sometimes used during childbirth.
  • General Anesthesia – allows you to be unconscious (fall asleep) during your procedure. You should not feel any pain during your procedure.

What are the Side Effects of Anesthesia?
You will feel groggy and disoriented. Most of this is not remembered since there is a large proportion of amnesia with anesthesia. Although you will walk to the car to go home, most people will not remember the ride.
As with all general anaesthesia, there is a slight chance of nausea after the procedure but this is generally alleviated with an anti-nausea medication.

What is Intravenous Anesthesia?
All types of anesthesia can be administered intravenously. Anesthesia is a drug that helps you undergo a procedure by either numbing the area we will be treating, or putting you to sleep.
How is it Administered?
Intravenous anesthesia is administered through a needle in your vein.
We will also:

  • Monitor your heart rate and rhythm with an ECG, breathing, blood oxygen levels, and blood pressure during your procedure
  • Manage pain you may have after your procedure
  • Ensure your comfort before, during, and after the procedure

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Digital Panographic X-Ray

Although your teeth may appear to be strong and healthy on the surface, dental x-rays can diagnose many diseases of the teeth, gums and surrounding tissues that otherwise cannot be seen with a visual examination. Traditional dental x-rays use a significant amount of radiation, and harmful chemicals in the development process. This process is time-consuming and develops an image that can be too small for an effective diagnosis.
You can avoid these time consuming procedures and limit exposure to radiation with the latest technology in Digital X-rays.
Digital x-rays use specialized technology to capture images and send them directly to a computer. A software program can then enlarge and enhance the digital image, providing more detail for an accurate diagnosis.
In summary, digital x-rays are superior to traditional x-rays in the following ways:

  1. Digital x-rays reduce the amount of radiation you are exposed to by as much as 90% when compared to traditional x-rays.
  2. No toxic chemicals are used in the development process
  3. More accurate diagnosis, with ability to enhance the digital image
  4. Instant, no need to wait for film to be developed

With digital x-rays, your oral health can be safely, accurately and quickly diagnosed.

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CAT Scan 3D Cone Beam

3-Dimensional Imaging and Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a 3-Dimensional imaging modality. As one of the first oral and maxillofacial surgery offices to offer this technology in the area, Dr. Tolley and Associates are able to provide you with the best possible maxillofacial imaging techniques available today.

CBCT allows the doctors to obtain images of the skull and jawbones in a relatively short period of time (approx. 10-15 seconds). This information can then be used to evaluate you in a way that was previously only possible with expensive medical CT scans.

The CBCT provides Dr. Tolley and Associates with a road map of sorts to plan your surgical treatment and to aid in diagnosis of pathologic conditions. With the ability to identify vital anatomic structures such as nerves and blood vessels, we are able to plan the best possible treatment while decreasing the risk of complications.

While we do not obtain a CBCT on every patient, Dr. Tolley and Associates evaluate each patient on an individual basis to determine the benefits that may be obtained with a CBCT.

What is CBCT used for?

  • Dental Implant Planning
  • Impacted Teeth
  • Orthognathic (Corrective Jaw) Surgery
  • TMJ Analysis
  • Airway Studies
  • Orthodontics
  • Maxillofacial Pathology

What are the advantages of CBCT over other imaging modalities?

  • Lower radiation dose than traditional CT
  • Shorter scan times
  • In Office availability
  • Reduced cost
  • Ability to identify vital structures
         such as nerves and blood vessels
  • High Resolution
  • Extremely accurate images
  • Ability to make surgical guides directly from CT images

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