Types of Anesthesia used at Near Westside Dental

Local Anesthesia
The anesthetic will prevent any pain from being felt, but the patient may still feel pressure during the dental procedure. Starting with topical 20% Benzocaine (with different flavors), then use of small needle to deliver either Articaine, Mepivacaine, Bupivacaine, Prilocaine or Lidocaine. The liquid in the injection also can include:

  • A vasoconstrictor. This drug narrows your blood vessels. This makes the numbness last longer
  • A chemical that keeps the vasoconstrictor from breaking down
  • Sodium hydroxide, which helps the numbing drug work
  • Sodium chloride, which helps the drugs get into your blood

Nitrous Oxide
Also called “laughing gas,” is a conscious sedation option we may offer to help make you more comfortable during procedures. The goal is not to put you to sleep but to take reduce the anxiety and relax your nerve. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.

Oral Sedation
This is another form of conscious sedation our office could use to relax you before and during the procedure. Two main type of drugs are used for oral sedation. Benzodiazepines (including Valium, Ativan, Halcion and Versed) and Non-Benzodiazepines
(Ambien and Zaleplon)

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208 Columbia Street   Elmira, NY   14905