Various Types of Anesthesia

When it comes to surgeries and procedures, it is natural for people to be concerned about how much pain they will experience and what they can reasonably tolerate. If when performed adeptly by skilled surgeons, oral surgery will always involve some incisions in your mouth and the associated pain. However, with advances in medicine, anesthesia has been developed to be safer and more effective than in the past. There are different types of anesthesia that can be utilized during procedures. 

What are the different types of anesthesia?

Local Anesthesia 

Of the various forms of anesthesia available, local anesthesia is the mildest option. For this option, a topical agent is applied by injection into your gums and teeth. The purpose of this agent is to hinder the pain signals from traveling to your pain. You can usually expect local anesthesia to lose its effect in a few hours. 

Conscious Sedation 

For this form of sedation, you are provided with a pill prior to your procedure. This pill works to make you drowsy. It is a mixture of a sedative and an anesthetic which helps you both to relax as well as numb the pain. 

Nitrous Oxide

This option is also commonly referred to as laughing gas. A mask is placed over your nose to allow you to inhale a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. This combination helps you to feel calm, as well as a temporary dulling of the pain receptors in your brain. The effect of nitrous oxide is only felt as long as you are inhaling the mixture and wears off soon after you take off the mask.

IV Sedation

This form of sedation delivered directly into your bloodstream via intravenous (IV) access. Since it is delivered directly into your bloodstream, it takes effect quickly. This form of sedation leaves you in a semiconscious state. IV sedation is often administered in combination with an analgesic in order to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. 

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a combination of oral and IV medication. These work to put you into a level of unconsciousness. For times when people are heavily sedated, they can enter states of complete unconsciousness. When general anesthesia is used, you will often have no memory of the procedure at all. 

Deciding on the best type of anesthesia for you

The use of anesthesia ensures that during and after your procedure, you will be comfortable and have a lesser degree of pain to contend with. With the use of any type, you will be left feeling a bit drowsy after your procedure and will require someone to take you home. But how can you know which type of anesthesia is the correct option for you? That is what the team here at Vallejo Oral Surgery is here for. Our team of experts are trained to provide pre-surgical consultations and exams. The information gathered from these meetings can help determine which option would be the best for you. So why wait? If you have questions about your upcoming procedure and the associated anesthesia, contact Vallejo Oral Surgery today!

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