In order to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible, your dentist may recommend anesthesia to reduce your anxiety that may be related to your dental treatment. There are different types of dental anesthesia. The type that is recommended for you depends on your needs. Some patients need or prefer higher levels of anesthesia than others. A thorough medical history review is required prior to any type of anesthesia administration.
An anti-anxiety agent, such as nitrous oxide, or an oral sedative, such as valium, can be administered in combination with a local anesthetic for pain. During conscious sedation, the patient will remain calm, yet are still responsive.
Nitrous oxide is an anesthetic agent used by dentists. It is a safe and effective method of relieving discomfort and anxiety. A major benefit is that you remain in complete control while feeling calm and relaxed. There are no negative after effects and you fully recover from its effect within ten minutes after its use is discontinued.
The nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and the amount of sedation is adjusted for each individual. It is administered through a mask and may be used alone or in conjunction with other pain management methods. Nitrous oxide may not be appropriate for people with mild-moderate anxiety and very young children.
General Anesthesia and Deep Sedation:
This type of sedation is for more complex procedures and/or severe anxiety patients. During general anesthesia, the patient is unconscious and unable to respond to verbal commands.
Local Anesthesia is the most common format of anesthesia used in a dental office. It is used by an injection or application of a gel to eliminate pain where administered. Topical anesthetics, or gels, are used to the specific area to be treated to numb the area in preparation for administration of an injectable local anesthetic. Topical and injectable local anesthetic are used prior to fillings, root canals, surgery and many other procedures where pain may be anticipated.
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