Here at the Midland practice of Michael S. Connally, DDS, we are proud to offer different types of anesthetics to our patients to make their visits more comfortable.
The most common type of anesthetic used is a local anesthetic. This prevents pain in a specific part of a patient’s mouth and works by blocking the nerves to that area. We often use a topical anesthetic before using local anesthetic. This helps to numb the area before we inject the local anesthetic. This is most often used for procedures to fix cavities.
There are some patients who require more anesthetics, so we also offer sedatives. These are most effective if they are given before the procedure, but they can be given during it. There are different types of sedatives. Some are inhaled as a gas, though some come in pill form. Some sedatives need to be given intravenously.
There are times when a patient needs more anesthetic for a procedure because they are anxious or the procedure is painful. General anesthetics can be used in cases which require a loss of consciousness.
Whether you need local anesthetics or general anesthetics, feel free to discuss your case with your dentist. We want you to have an enjoyable visit and will do everything we can to help.