Westlake Village (805) 495-7416   Simi Valley (805) 522-4022  Glendale (818) 240-1805

Westlake Village (805) 495-7416
   Simi Valley (805) 522-4022 
Glendale (818) 240-1805


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are uniquely trained and qualified to provide general anesthesia. Following graduation from dental school, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons complete a postdoctoral surgical program spanning a minimum of 4 years.
This surgical residency includes intensive training in the administration of anesthesia, under the direction of Anesthesiologists. Oral Surgeons continue to gain extensive experience providing anesthesia for patients on a daily basis. In fact, physician Anesthesiologists are the only specialists that have more outpatient anesthesia training and experience than Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Donald Nikchevich, DDS

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Donald Nikchevich, DDS

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Options for Anesthesia

For your comfort, surgery can be performed under local anesthesia only, with conscious sedation combined with local anesthesia, or under general anesthesia, where you are fully asleep.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is used most commonly for straightforward surgical procedures, where patients experience little anxiety. An injection of medication numbs the area where surgery will be performed. You will be fully awake during your procedure and you should not feel any pain. Local anesthesia is not usually recommended for patients who experience dental anxiety, or are uncomfortable with popping and grinding noises.

Conscious Sedation

This type of anesthesia is sometimes referred to as “twilight” sleep. Intravenous sedation, or “IV sedation” is designed to enable you to undergo your surgical procedure, in a very relaxed state, which generally alleviates any anxiety.

General Anesthesia

For patients who want to be fully asleep, we offer general anesthesia. The medications are administered in a manner that allows you to come out of a sedated state quickly following surgery.

Physician Anesthesiologist

Patients referred to our practice also have the option of having their surgery performed in our outpatient surgical center, where our surgeons work with an anesthesiologist to administer anesthesia and monitor the patients throughout their procedures.