Austin Anesthesia Dental Professionals
Not every trip to the dentist is a simple and relatively pain free experience. In many cases, a patient may need some form of anesthetic to numb pain so a dentist or oral surgeon can remove a tooth, perform a root canal, or carry out a number of other dental procedures that can be painful without some form of anesthesia. Depending on what dental services you need and the level of pain you may be experiencing, a dentist may use a different type of anesthesia to manage your pain.
The three most common classifications of dental anesthesia are local anesthesia, sedation, and general anesthesia. To learn more about each form of anesthesia and which one may be best for your specific procedure, speak with an Austin dentist of BridgeView Dental today at 512-347-8299 and schedule an initial appointment.
Different Types of Anesthesia
Typically, all anesthesia falls into one of the following categories:
- Local anesthesia – Usually consists of two parts. The first is topical anesthesia applied to the mouth with a swab to control pain on the mouth’s surface. This is generally applied before injecting a local anesthetic (lidocaine) with a needle that blocks pain-transmitting nerves. This form of anesthesia is generally used for filling cavities or treating gum disease.
- Sedation or anti-anxiety agents – This includes chemicals like nitrous oxide and other sedatives to help relax the patient. Under these chemicals, patients are responsive to speech or touch while in a state of relaxation. These are often used along with local anesthesia.
- General anesthesia – This is a more complex form of anesthesia where patients often lose consciousness with drugs. This is generally discouraged in dentistry and used as only a last resort or for more serious procedures and surgical procedures, like removing wisdom teeth.
To learn more about anesthesia and how it will be used to manage pain during your specific procedure, contact an Austin dentist at BridgeView Dental today at 512-347-8299 and speak with a caring member of our staff.