If you have an upcoming dental surgery, you may be wondering about managing pain and potential anxiety. After all, even though your surgery may be necessary for your oral health, you might be feeling nervous about the procedure.
Fortunately, you have options for anesthesia and sedation that can help you manage the pain and have a more relaxed, comfortable appointment. Here is an overview of your 3 options for sedation and anesthesia with Robert B. Peak, DDS.
1. Local Anesthetic
Local anesthesia helps prevent pain in a specific area of the mouth during dental procedures. You may have had a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine, if you have ever had a cavity filled. It does not cause unconsciousness.
Your dentist may use topical anesthesia to numb the area, then inject the long-lasting local anesthesia to numb the teeth and soft tissue. This form of anesthetic affects a small area of the mouth and provides for a more comfortable office visit.
2. Nitrous Oxide Sedation
You may have heard nitrous oxide referred to by its more common name, laughing gas. Patients wear a soft nose mask to inhale the nitrous oxide gas. After breathing in deeply through the nose, you will feel it start to take effect.
Under nitrous oxide sedation, you will remain fully conscious and can answer any questions the dentist asks you. However, you will feel increasingly relaxed. This sedation option also provides pain relief during your dental surgery.
3. IV Anesthesia
Intravenous anesthesia allows for a range of light to deep sedation during dental surgeries and procedures. You will receive the sedative through an IV, and the effects are fast-acting. During your dental surgery, you won’t feel any pain, and when the sedation ends, you won’t have any memory of the procedure.
One of the additional benefits of IV anesthesia is that Dr. Peak can easily control the level of your sedation throughout the surgery.
The type of sedation or anesthesia that is best for you is determined by several factors. These include the type of dental surgery you need, your overall health, and any existing dental anxiety.
Robert B. Peak DDS can provide you with information about your sedation and anesthetic options. We are passionate about offering safe and compassionate surgical care for all of our patients, and we can help you choose the services that are best for you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.