If you ever feel anxious on your way to the dentist, know that you’re not alone. Many children, teens, and even adults fear the pain often associated with dental procedures. However, there are multiple ways to help reduce this fear, one being dental anesthesia.
There are numerous levels of sedation that can be used on a patient. These range from minimal sedation where you are still awake but calm and relaxed, up to general anesthesia where you are completely “asleep,” or unconscious. General anesthesia is necessary to perform surgical procedures that can cause significant pain or generate a stress response, but you’ll usually get the choice of what anesthesia method you want to use. It’s highly recommended that you discuss the pros and cons of each method with your dentist to figure out what’s best for your unique situation.
WE’LL GIVE YOU A HEAD START WITH A GENERIC LIST OF THE PROS AND CONS OF DENTAL ANESTHESIA.
- Dental anesthesia blocks all pain signals and sensations during the procedure, making it little to no pain for the patient.
- It’s quick and efficient; The area being worked on will be completely numb in minutes.
- Without anesthesia, dentists may have a hard time dealing with the body’s physiological stress response during the procedure.
- Using anesthesia can combine what otherwise may have been multiple appointments into only one.
- Relieves pain, anxiety, discomfort, and fear from dental procedures.
- General anesthesia often requires chest x-rays, lab tests, and an ECG before the procedure, which can be time-consuming and expensive.
- Also requires special-trained personnel to be in attendance to monitor the anesthesia, which can be very costly.
- Patients are not allowed to eat/drink for at least 6-8 hours before the procedure.
- Using any dental anesthesia may cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, sweating, shivering, confusion, or hallucination.
- Other side effects may include: delay in the return of normal memory functioning, slurred speech, dry mouth or sore throat, dizziness, tiredness, numbness, and lockjaw.
At Vosh, we prioritize your health and happiness, so we’ll make sure to go over all your dental anesthesia choices if anesthesia is absolutely necessary. Schedule your appointment today!