What’s The Difference Between Anesthesia And Full Sedation?

Mar 15, 2016

Did you know that more than 235 million people in the United States suffer from dental anxiety? If you are part of this group, rest assured that you no longer have to avoid great oral health care based on this reason. Lifetime Smiles offers sedation dentistry in Austin. Patients can request local anesthesia or general anesthesia for basic routine checkups, surgical procedures, and all other services.

There are both advantages and troubles of using the different types of sedation, and different procedures often call for one over the other.

Best Reasons to Use Sedation Dentistry

Local Anesthesia

This type of anesthesia is likely offered in all dentist offices across the country. This type of pain relief keeps you awake, but changes the mind’s state to a dream-like presence. It’s typically administered as laughing gas, pain medication, or as a topical analgesic. Many people who choose local anesthesia are those who have experienced anxiety or have undergone a serious procedure that used general anesthesia but would like to continue the pain relief after leaving the office. Depending on the amount of local anesthetic administered, you may want to consider asking for a ride home from your appointment. Chat with Dr. A before your appointment to determine if you should have a ride ready.

General Anesthesia

Unlike local anesthesia, a general anesthetic is a heavier sedative and puts you to sleep. This is typically administered intravenously by our licensed anesthesia specialist who works in house alongside Dr. A and the rest of our dental staff. We recommend all patients who have surgery, including wisdom teeth removal or a root canal, use general anesthesia and have a safe alternative way to get home; we don’t want you driving impaired!

Do you have more questions about sedation dentistry at Austin’s Lifetime Smiles? Give Dr. A a call, stop by our office, or contact us online.

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