Dentistry has advanced to the point where pain is almost a thing of the past. Powerful, pain-relieving medications known as anesthetics not only help a patient avoid discomfort during a procedure but post-operatively as well.
We understand many patients feel anxiety prior to their oral surgery procedure—and this is completely normal! The entire surgical staff at our office wants to ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible for your procedure, which is why we offer many options for sedation when you undergo any oral surgical procedure at Greater Modesto Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center. Often, the methods used depend on the preference of the patient and the nature of the surgical procedure.
Types of medications include:
Analgesics – Analgesics are also called pain relievers and include common non-narcotic medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Analgesics are usually used for mild cases of discomfort and are typically prescribed following such procedures as a root canal or tooth extraction.
Local anesthesia – Anesthetics can be topically applied, injected, or swallowed. Dentists often apply topical anesthetics with a cotton swab to an area of the mouth where a procedure such as a restoration will be performed. This numbs the affected area. Topical anesthetics are used in many dental procedures such as tooth restoration. Topical anesthetics also are used to prepare an area for injection of an anesthetic. Novocaine and Lidocaine are the most common type of injectable anesthetics. Such medications block the nerves from transmitting signals and are used for more major types of procedures such as fillings and root canals.
Sedation and general anesthesia – Sedatives are medications designed to help a patient relax. This can be a powerful tool in avoiding pain. Sedatives are sometimes used in combination with other types of pain relievers. Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is a type of sedative. Conscious sedation involves administering a sedative while the patient is alert and awake. Deep sedation or general anesthesia involves administering a medication that places a patient in a state of monitored and controlled unconsciousness. Common sedatives include:
- Intravenous (IV) sedation – Usually in the form of a tranquilizing agent; patients given IV sedation are often awake, but very relaxed and may not remember anything about their procedure.
- Inhalation sedation – a form of sedation in which medication (such as nitrous oxide, sevoflurane) is administered through a special mask.
If you have any questions or concerns prior to your surgical procedure at Greater Modesto Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Center, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 209-527-5050. It is our primary goal to make sure you are comfortable with your procedure and want to ensure you experience optimal results from your treatment.