What are the different types of anesthesia

Oral surgery, even when performed by the most skilled dental professionals, is inevitably going to involve a number of incisions in your mouth – and that means that there is always a potential for pain.

Thankfully though, in large part due to major new advances in medical technology, anesthesia is safer than it’s ever been. Particularly useful for individuals that have low pain thresholds, as well as those that suffer from the anxiety of potentially going through painful dental surgery, the experts here at Fairfield Oral Surgery, have a wide variety of different anesthesia solutions available to make sure that you are pain-free and always comfortable throughout the process.

Different Types of Anesthesia

As highlighted above, the experts at Fairfield Oral Surgery work to provide truly individualized anesthesia solutions that have been tailored specifically to your threshold for pain, and the procedure that you are having done – as well as a myriad of other individual factors.

Local anesthesia options are routinely selected for more mild procedures. This kind of anesthesia, for example, is used when people are having their cavities filled. A simple numbing agent is applied (usually with a tiny injection directly into your gums), with pain signals blocked completely – though the effect wears off in just a couple of hours.

Conscious sedation solutions are used quite often at Fairfield Oral Surgery, too. These tiny little pills help you to feel very relaxed and even just a little bit drowsy, putting you almost into a nap-like state so that while you remain conscious throughout the entire procedure you don’t have to worry about any pain being picked up by your nerves or pain receptors.

Nitrous Oxide (commonly referred to as laughing gas) is a mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide that patients can inhale to feel incredibly calm, incredibly relaxed, and almost euphoric – which is where the laughing gas nickname comes into play – while dulling your pain almost completely.

Laughing gas does have to be continuously inhaled, however, as the effects of this gas can wear off
pretty quickly shortly after you stop breathing it in.

IV sedation solutions are rarely recommended for anything other than a more significant dental surgery solution here at Fairfield Oral Surgery. With this approach, anesthesia is delivered directly into your body through your bloodstream with the help of IV technology. You’ll be put into an almost semi-conscious state where you’re able to respond to your surgeon but you’re likely to come away from the experience with very little actual memory – and no pain whatsoever.

Finally, general anesthesia solutions are also used regularly in significant dental surgeries performed here at Fairfield Oral Surgery. This is the same kind of general anesthesia you have administered during a traditional surgery at a medical facility or hospital, a surgery that will gently help you drift off to a comfortable level of unconsciousness so that you basically “sleep” throughout your procedure – waking up with no pain and no real memory of the experience, either.

How Do I Know If Anesthesia Is Right for Me?

If you have any nervousness, any trepidation, or any fear or anxiety regarding the pain that can be
possible with a dental surgical solution, it’s important that you speak with your Fairfield Oral Surgery
dental expert to see if anesthesia is something you might want to use moving forward.
During the pre-surgery consultation and examination, your dental team will work with you to find the best anesthesia option, clearly explaining to you the benefits to the different options and helping you find the one that you are most comfortable with.

To learn a little more about how anesthesia can help you when moving forward with oral surgery, or to schedule a consultation with Fairfield Oral Surgery, contact us today.