Everything You Need to Know for Fear-Free Oral Surgery

The term oral surgery can sound daunting, given that surgery is known for being a serious and often invasive procedure—but in the case of oral surgery the opposite is true: in most instances oral surgery is low risk and relatively non-invasive! Here at The Center For Oral Surgery of Las Vegas, your Las Vegas dental extractions and oral surgery expert, we know a few things about oral surgery, so we’ve put together this guide to the risks and rewards of oral surgery. Now you can learn for yourself what makes oral surgery as safe as it is and how to help reduce unnecessary fear around oral surgery.

What Is Oral Surgery?

Whether you are thinking about getting dental implants in Las Vegas, or if you are considering removing your wisdom teeth in Las Vegas, The Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas is one of the leading oral surgery specialists in Nevada. We handle dental extractions, implants, and wisdom teeth cases from around the state and know what goes into a safe and effective oral surgery procedure. In most oral surgery cases you will receive a general anesthetic, prior to your operation. Because of the accessibility of the teeth and gums, oral surgery sometimes does not even require an incision to be made in order to successfully complete the surgery!

What Are The Common Risks of Oral Surgery?

Because of the specific nature of the mouth, the aftermath of oral surgery works differently than it would in other parts of the body. One of the most common results of oral surgery is bleeding from the gums in the area of the operation. Occasionally, patients experience prolonged bleeding after oral surgery because of the fact that our mouths are constantly in motion and producing saliva—but these cases are easily remedied by applying gauze and pressure to the site of the surgery.

Another common side-effect of oral surgery is numbness from the anesthetic and/ or swelling, both of which go away as the wound heals. While it may be difficult to articulate yourself as you are used to for the days following the surgery, numbness and swelling tend to actually be positive signs that the anesthetic worked and that your wound is healing.

What Are The More Serious Risks of Oral Surgery?

Serious consequences of oral surgery tend not to come from something going wrong with the procedure, but instead they originate from a lack of communication between the patient and the doctor. To prevent these cases, talk to your doctor honestly about your medical history to make sure you don’t have a bad reaction to anything used in your procedure.

Infections are another possible result of oral surgery, and while most can easily be treated with antibiotics, infections can be dangerous for those with compromised immune systems. In these cases our doctor takes the precaution of preemptively prescribing antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection and serious repercussions.

Fear Of Oral Surgery? Talk To Your Oral Surgeon

Whether you are planning on getting dental implants in Las Vegas or if you are getting your wisdom teeth removed, the best way to reduce your pre-surgery fear is to communicate with your doctor about your anxiety. Here at The Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas, Dr. Letelier is happy to talk to you about your procedure and help ease your concerns or answer your questions about oral surgery. If you are getting dental implants in Las Vegas, your doctor will guide you through the surgery process and what all the best recovery strategies are. Whatever your worries, The Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas will get you on the path to feeling comfortable and confident about your procedure. Contact us today to learn more about dental implants, extractions or wisdom teeth in Las Vegas or to schedule an appointment!

COVID-19 Updates

A COVID-19 message and well wishes from the Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas to all of our patients.


The health and safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority. Per CDC guidelines we will be continuing with or instituting the following measures. Other measures will be instituted as guided by the authorities.


  • Our staff will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • We will be monitoring the health of employees and keeping home any employee who displays symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We will be providing services by appointment only and communicating any special instructions to the patient for the appointment (i.e. face covering).
  • We will be limiting the number of people allowed inside the office at any given time.
  • We will be requiring temperature checks and health screenings for patients before entering the office.
  • We will be limiting the contact between the administrative staff and the patients, such as eliminating check-in forms and receipts when possible.


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