Oral Surgery

Specialist area dealing with the various conditions of the mouth or jaws through surgical treatment.

What is an Oral Surgeon?

An Oral Surgeon is a specialist who deals with the various conditions of the mouth or jaws through surgical treatment.

While all dentists remove teeth, you may be referred to an Oral Surgeon for more difficult procedures, such as the removal of wisdom teeth. Dr. O’Neill performs the surgical aspects of implant dentistry in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team to replace missing teeth, and to support dentures or bridges. Bone grafting, sinus lifts and other implant site preparation procedures are often performed prior to implant placement.

Oral Surgeons undertake an intensive three years of hospital based training following an undergraduate qualification in Dentistry. Dr. O’Neill has completed numerous fellowships and has developed a strong area of interest in multi-disciplinary planning for dental implant placement and restorative dentistry.

Treatment is available under:

Local Anaesthesia
IV Sedation
General Anaesthesia

Sedation Dentistry

If you are a nervous about an oral surgery procedure, treatment under IV sedation may be the solution.

Sedation is a state of depression of the central nervous system, produced by the carefully controlled use of certain drugs. The drugs most commonly used are benzodiazepines. The drug is administrated by intravenous injection, usually into a vein in the back of the hand, or arm. Sedation enables nervous patients to tolerate treatment, and may also make extensive treatment more comfortable.
Will I be asleep?
No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, but you will be able to respond. You may fall asleep but will always be able to respond when spoken to. Time will appear to go very quickly, and an hour of treatment will appear to take about ten minutes. Alternatively, treatment is also available under general anaesthesia if you wish to be fully asleep for your procedure.
Will I feel pain?

No, it is an integral part of the technique that local anaesthetic is used to prevent pain. You will not remember receiving these local anaesthetic injections.

Is it safe?

It is extremely safe. Midazolam carries a wide safety margin and the technique employed preserves your reflexes throughout the procedure. Sedation is carried out by your Oral Surgeon or a Consultant Anaesthetist.

What happens at the sedation appointment?
A cannula (drip) will be placed in your arm and the drug will be administered. After a few seconds you will begin to feel quite relaxed and detached from the procedure, most people find this sensation very pleasant. This is usually the last thing you remember, when you recover from the sedation, the treatment will have been completed.
Accompaniment / Escort
You are required to have a responsible adult to accompany you home and stay with you for 24 hours.

General Anaesthesia

Dr. O’ Neill provides treatment under general anaesthesia at the Mater Private Hospital, and the Bon Secours Hospital in Dublin.

General Anaesthesia means that you will be asleep for the procedure. It is typically a ‘day case’ procedure, therefore you will be able to go home on the same day. On the day of the surgery you must have someone to collect you, and look after you for 24 hours following the procedure. If you require treatment under general anaesthesia it will be discussed in detail at your consultation appointment.

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