What is Anesthesia?

Anesthesia is designed to make dental procedures more comfortable for you.
Local anesthetic is used to numb a specific area of the mouth. General
anesthetic, or sedation, is used to put you into a deeply relaxed and almost
sleep-like state so that treatment is easier and quicker for you. Anesthesia is
ideal for patients undergoing more complex procedures or as a way to prevent
pain and discomfort.

Why would Anesthesia be needed?

You might benefit from anesthesia if you’re going to be undergoing a complex
surgery or procedure. Sedation helps you to relax and calm down when these
procedures are being done. We typically use local anesthetic to help relieve pain
and discomfort when undergoing less invasive procedures or when you’ll be
awake for surgery. All types of anesthetic are safe and effective for patients of all

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Who is a candidate for Anesthesia?
To determine if anesthesia is right for you, we’ll review all medical and health
history. Most of our patients, regardless of age, are good candidates for sedation.
We will go over the different types of sedatives we offer in our office. When
undergoing general sedation, we recommend having a friend or relative with you
to bring you home from your appointment.
What can be expected during Anesthesia?
Because we have different types of anesthetics to choose from, your experience
will depend on which one you choose. IV sedation involves placing a small needle
into your arm and administering a low dose of sedative to put you into a deeply
relaxed and sleep-like state. Nitrous oxide is ideal for calming you down and is
often used in conjunction with a local anesthetic to reduce pain. Oral sedation
can be taken prior to your appointment and its goal is to relax you enough for
the treatment to be done. Each option is safe, effective and carefully administered and monitored while you’re in the office.
If you’d like to learn more about anesthesia, call our office today and one of our
helpful staff members will be happy to further assist you.