Local Anesthesia for Dental Procedures
Local Anesthesia (“Novocaine”) will produce a numb feeling in the area being operated on and you will be aware of a feeling of pressure during surgery. You will be awake and recall the surgery, but there should be no significant discomfort. Local Anesthesia can be used alone, and is always used in combination with Nitrous Oxide, IV Sedation and General Anesthesia to ensure a pain free experience after your surgery.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Mixed with oxygen, nitrous oxide allows you to breathe normally through your nose and within minutes you should start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some patient’s comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear of quickly after the small mask is removed. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.
Mild, Moderate and Deep Sedation (IV Sedation) and General Anesthesia
In most cases, anesthesia is administered through an I.V. and makes patients feel relaxed, often enough that they fall asleep.
Patients that are under anesthesia during their procedure are continuously monitored with a pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuff and an EKG.
Procedures that are performed under general anesthesia are psychologically less traumatic for the patient since they are asleep. Procedures are often performed more quickly and the patient is ready to go home about 15 to 20 minutes after the procedure is completed.