The Use of Anesthesia in Dental Procedures
Having any form of extensive work done on your mouth is never fun. Luckily there are drugs that can be administered to ease the pain and anxiety a patient might feel before undergoing a procedure.
Anesthesia, mostly commonly local anesthesia, is what most dentist use to dull the pain in all or part of the mouth during dental work. This type of anesthesia does not cause the patient to go to sleep. After the procedure is done, the anesthesia will generally wear off after two to three hours. It is most often used during a routine filling or root canal.
Because there are people with disabilities or severe anxiety regarding dental work.....and yes, even children, may require conscious sedation. The most common is Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas. Also oral sedatives and injections may be used.
Occasionally, general anesthesia may be recommended. It is most often used for those patients who will be undergoing wisdom teeth extraction, or children/adults who struggle with anxiety or movement during the procedure. If this type of anesthesia is used, the patient will be temporarily unconscious.
There are very few side effects from local anesthesia. But occasionally issues will arise. The most common side effect is numbness felt beyond the affected part of the mouth. For example, a patient may receive a local injection to their gums, but the medicine caused numbness in the eyelid or caused cheek muscle to droop. This however is temporary and will wear off after the anesthesia is out of their system.
Other side effects that can be experiences are; unable to blink, Hematoma, racing heart beat, and nerve damage.
If a patient can't blink, the dentist will tape the eye shut until the numbness goes away. This is done so that the eye doesn't dry out.
Hematoma's may occur if the needle inserted during injection strikes a blood vessel. This will cause blood-filled swelling.
Anesthesia contains a drug called vasoconstrictor. If you notice a racing heart beat ( hear beating fast for 1-2 minutes) make sure to mention this to your doctor.
Dental Procedures with Anesthesia Linwood NJ 08221 The last side effect that can occur is nerve damage. If the needle inserted during the procedure hits a nerve, the result can be numbness and pain that can last for weeks or months. According to the ASRA (American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine), nerve damage is very rare.
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