sedation dentistry chairIn order to keep you comfortable and relaxed for the duration of your oral surgery, our practice is certified to administer anesthesia. Anesthesia is a powerful drug that was invented in the mid 1800s. Prior to its discovery, opium and alcohols were the only agents available for dulling the pain from surgical procedures. Unfortunately, these were unable to completely numb a patient or erase the memory of the procedure.

Since then, doctors have been able to significantly improve patients’ experiences while performing surgery, using a combination of drugs that can numb pain, relax muscles, put patients to sleep and even prevent them from forming memories of a procedure.

There are three primary types of anesthesia used in modern medicine:

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is used to knockout your whole body for the duration of a procedure. You will effectively sleep through the operation and will feel no pain and have no memory of your treatment. This form is administered through an IV and is used for advanced procedures such as jaw surgery, dental implant surgery and some extractions.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is used to numb only a specific area of your body while you remain conscious. This form is commonly used in fillings and minor tooth extractions. The effects may take a couple hours to wear off once the treatment is over, resulting in the “fat lip” feeling.

Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation puts the patient into a relaxed state wherein they will remain conscious but have little to no recollection of the procedure. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the specific area of the surgery. This is the preferred method for wisdom tooth extractions.

If you have any questions about anesthesia or the sedation methods of our practice, we encourage you to call our office at 303.344.2705 or complete our online contact form.

  • Dr. White is an outstanding oral surgeon. He is very caring and is clinically excellent. He offers outstanding care in almost every capacity that you would expect from an oral surgeon, and he is accomplished in almost every area of maxillofacial surgery, implants and anesthesia."—David Hedrick, DDS
  • I have been referring patients to Dr. White’s practice for ever 10 years. He is experienced, competent and likeable and provides my patients with education and wise surgical options.”—Michael Dougherty, DDS
  • Dr. White is an honest, nice and knowledgeable doctor, and his staff is courteous, professional and thorough. Everyone at the practice is very lighthearted and down-to-earth.” —Frazier G.
  • Dr. White is by far the most competent, genuine and respectful person I have ever had the chance to meet in his profession. I trust him and I’m confident in his abilities and judgment. The staff is wonderful as well, and I know they truly care about my needs. For example, they called Dr. White to come take a look at the site where my wisdom teeth were removed when I was extra worried about the health of my mouth. I chose to see Dr. White because I believe an oral and maxillofacial surgeon has more expertise and experience than a general dentist and that surgeries such as wisdom teeth removal should be performed by someone who specializes in this area.” —Lawand Kamal
  • Dr. White is an excellent surgeon. I have been referring patients to him for over 10 years and I have nothing but the highest regards for his practice. Dr. White does great work, in a kind and caring manner, which is why I send all my oral surgery patients his way.” —Randy Sanders, DDS
  • Dr. White and his staff are awesome. They are friendly and easy to communicate with. My visits there could not go any better.”—Shannon R.


Monday: 7:00am -3:00pm
Tuesday: 7:00am -5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am -5:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am -3:00pm
Friday: 7:00am -3:00pm

Most Insurances Accepted

How to Get Here

Our Location

Dr. Jeffery M. White, DDS

13701 E. Mississippi Avenue, Suite 300
Aurora, CO 80012

Phone: 303.344.2705
Fax: 303.344.4125