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Administration of Dental Anesthesia

Posted on 7/4/2022 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
Administration of Dental AnesthesiaYou might feel some anxiety from dreading the pain expected during dental procedures. As a result, you might be tempted to delay treatment, which may further deteriorate your condition. With modern medicine and our experienced dentist, the sting of a needle is as far as the pain goes.

Types of dental anesthesia

Before administering anesthetics, practitioners consider your age, drug backlash reactions, and health status. They also account for the length of the procedure and the area of concern.

Local dental anesthesia

Local dental anesthesia is injected into your gum or inner cheek (for undemanding dental procedures). It has elements that numb the region, others that ensure the numbness lasts, and one more for the absorption of the anesthetic in the blood. A dentist may decide to use block injections to cover a wider area or infiltration injections to numb the region around the injected area.

Before the injection, the dentist dries the section with air or cotton and may use a gel to numb the skin if you are alarmed by injections. The anesthetic effect will last for some hours, and you may experience difficulties in eating in speaking. Might your needs qualify for local dental anesthesia? Our dentist will choose the appropriate one.


A dental practitioner may sedate you through inhalation, swallowing, or injection into the muscle (IM) or vein (IV). Unless necessary, professionals avoid the latter.

Other than easing pain, sedation lessens anxiety, can cause procedure amnesia, and may leave you conscious, semiconscious, or nearly unconscious but responsive to the dentist's requests. Our dentist will numb the central nervous system as per the necessities.

General Anesthesia

Dentists administer general anesthesia for dental procedures if you have anxiety or learning difficulties, typically for children between the ages of 4-10 years, or if you require long dental work. General anesthesia, issued intravenously or inhaled, will render you unconscious. Given that general anesthesia carries more risk than local anesthesia or sedation, it is the last considered option. Prepare to visit our offices so we can assess and deliver the most suitable anesthetic before any procedure.

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