LOCAL ANESTHESIA / INTRAVENOUS CONSCIOUS SEDATION
A NUMBING EFFECT: THE ROLE OF LOCAL ANESTHETICS
Local anesthesia numbs the teeth and gums to prevent you from feeling discomfort during dental treatment. There are two types of local anesthetics: topical and injectable.
A topical anesthetic helps numb the surface of the gums. It may be used to help eliminate the prick or slight sting that some patients feel from the injection. The topical anesthetic is applied with a swab, spray or adhesive patch.
Injectable anesthetics work to prevent pain in the area of the mouth where treatment will take place. They generally are injected near the treatment site or elsewhere in the mouth to help block nerve endings and temporarily numb mouth tissues. Injectable anesthetics are used for procedures such as restoring teeth, treating root canal problems or gum disease, preparing teeth for crowns and extracting teeth.
A CALMING FEELING: ANXIETY AND PAIN RELIEF THROUGH CONSCIOUS SEDATION
Intravenous sedation involves the introduction of medication intravenously, usually in a vein in the arm, to achieve a relaxed, sedated state in which you are less aware of what is taking place. You are awake, breathing and swallowing on your own.
All states require dentist who provide intravenous sedation to have a special permit from the state based on advanced training. At Mclean County Dental, Dr. Verban has been certified to perfom intravenous conscious sedation since 1985.
Check out our article on Sedation Dentistry in Healthy Cells Magazine