Types of Anesthesia
Local anesthesia allows you to remain conscious during the surgery. It completely numbs the surgical site to prevent any pain during your dental treatment. If you receive local anesthesia alone, you can drive yourself home after the treatment. Local anesthesia is used alongside all other forms of anesthesia during every oral procedure. Simple, minimally invasive procedures—such as most tooth extractions—can be done with local anesthetic alone.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is typically administered in combination with local anesthesia to make a patient more comfortable. With nitrous oxide and/or local anesthesia, you will stay conscious during the entire treatment and feel more relaxed. A breathing apparatus delivers the nitrous oxide before the oral surgeon performs the operation.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation with Local Anesthetic—Nitrous oxide can be used during simple oral surgery procedures, as well as more complex procedures like wisdom teeth removal and dental implant insertion. Before and during surgery, you breathe a mix of nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) and oxygen. The gas allows you to stay conscious and relaxed. Nitrous oxide acts as a sedative and analgesic, calming you and controlling pain.
IV sedation allows a patient to enter a sleep-like state during the oral surgery, and patients will wake up with no recollection of the treatment. This form of anesthesia requires a patient not to eat for at least eight hours before your operation. You will not be able to drive for 24 hours after your procedure, so plan to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.