We can ease your anxiety about surgery.
Our office has the ability to administer multiple forms of anesthesia. Every patient is different and we can tailor your experience to your anxiety level. Most patients have their surgery completed under IV sedation combined with nitrous oxide (laughing gas). We will use your past experiences as a guide and will discuss with you what we think might work best for your case. Additionally, while you are asleep we will administer local anesthesia so that you will wake up virtually pain free and remember little to nothing about your surgery.
What are Dr. Pagnotto and Dr. Stigall's qualifications?
As Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dr. Pagnotto and Dr. Stigall are certified to administer IV sedation and general anesthesia. This privilege is only granted to Anesthesiologists and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons by their training. Specifically, five months of Dr. Pagnotto and Dr. Stigall's training were dedicated to general anesthesia at University Hospital and Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Two months were dedicated solely to treating children. This is unique to the training at the University of Cincinnati Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department. What this means is that Dr. Pagnotto and Dr. Stigall are trained to provide the safest, most comfortable level of anesthesia currently available.
Additionally, the Tri-State team includes three registered nurses, Shelley Walters, Christa Bain, and Jessa Niehmeyer. The nursing team has extensive experience ranging from time in the neonatal ICU, Labor and Delivery and ER departments. Dr. Pagnotto, Dr. Stigall, and the nurses are trained in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
I'm still nervous about "going to sleep." Can you tell me more?
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons provides excellent patient information on their website. If you follow this link, you can find more answers to questions you may have.