Questions about choosing the best anesthesia option for your procedure? Dr Mohammed Erakat offer this advice:
Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. At Prestige Oral Surgery, we want you to be completely relaxed and calm for your procedure. We are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Together, we will determine what type of anesthesia will work best for you and will make you most comfortable.
A topical anesthetic is applied only to the surgical area, allowing the tissue to numb prior to injection. You will not be able to feel the surgical area once local anesthesia is injected, but you will be fully awake during the procedure.
Local Anesthesia with Nitrous (laughing gas)
Nitrous oxide is applied by placing a small cannula over your nose. This is done a few minutes before the topical and local anesthesia is placed, in order to relax you and take the edge off the injection. It is a very simple and mild form of sedation dentistry that is safe for patients of all ages.
Oral sedation works well for people who want to be more relaxed and less anxious yet remain awake. Patients take one pill an hour before the appointment and possibly another upon arrival. Your anxiety level will help us determine the right level of sedation, and different dosages will lead to different levels of consciousness during the procedure.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV Sedation gives you short-term relaxation and partial tranquilization. An IV is placed in your arm or your hand to inject medications. Medications are given through the IV, which will place you into a light sleep for a short amount of time while the procedure is taking place. Many steps are taken to ensure that you are safe during the procedure, such as EKG, blood pressure, and pulse monitoring.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your anesthesia choices, please contact Prestige Oral Surgery at 732-297-7000.