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Anesthetic Options for Oral Surgery

Posted on 4/11/2022 by Dr. Michael Han
Anesthetic Options for Oral SurgerySometimes, our procedures are invasive and may require sedation or general anesthesia. It is important to understand the different types of anesthetics available to us and how they can help make our patients more comfortable.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthetics numb a specific area, such as the gums around a tooth extraction site. This anesthetic is injected into the site of your procedure to numb it. We can use it alone for some procedures or in combination with another type of anesthesia, such as regional, general, or sedation. You will not feel anything during the procedure, but you may experience tightness and pressure when the needle is inserted afterward.

Regional Anesthesia

Regional anesthetics are used to numb a larger area, like one side of your face. They work by blocking the nerve signals that carry pain sensations from the target area to your brain. The most common type is dental anesthesia, which numbs the lower half of your jaw. You will still be conscious during the procedure, but you will not feel any pain.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia knocks you out completely. This type of anesthetic is used for more invasive procedures or when a patient cannot tolerate regional or local anesthesia. You will not feel any pain and not be aware of what is happening during the procedure.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry involves using medications to help you relax before your dental appointment. We can do this in several ways: oral sedatives taken before your appointment, inhaled sedatives administered during the procedure, or IV sedation, where medications are given intravenously. With this type of dentistry, you remain conscious but are extremely relaxed and may not remember much about your visit afterward.

Some people have allergies to certain anesthetics or medications commonly used during oral surgeries. If this is the case for you, please inform your dentist to prescribe a suitable alternative option before your procedure takes place. We want to ensure everyone gets the best dental treatment possible! Let's work together as a team!


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