In addition to IV sedation, we also offer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and local anesthesia with oral premedication. Types of local anesthesia include Novocain and Lidocaine, which are used to temporarily reduce feeling and pain in a localized area. A local anesthesia is often utilized for a dental procedure such as simple teeth extractions or filling cavities. Local anesthesia reduces pain and makes for a more comfortable procedure without inducing sleep, as general anesthesia does.
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is a sedative agent that is combined with oxygen and administered through a mask that fits over your nose. Laughing gas is used because it can deeply relax a patient while not inducing sleep. During a dental procedure with laughing gas, you will be able to hear and respond to directions from our oral surgeons. Once the mask is removed after your dental procedure, the effects of laughing gas will dissipate within a few minutes.
For patients who are anxious about a dental procedure or receiving a local anesthetic through a needle, our oral surgeons may prescribe an oral medication to take prior to your dental procedure. This oral medication in the form of a pill will help patients relax prior to receiving local anesthesia.