What type of anesthesia is available to me?
The type of anesthesia that is best for you is usually dependent on your mental state and the procedure that is required. For those patients that are not nervous and they require relatively non-traumatic procedures, local anesthesia is usually the anesthesia of choice. If the patient has slight apprehension, we can use local anesthesia as well as nitrous oxide. For patients that are emotionally unable or unwilling to cope with the thought of being alert during a dental procedure, we have other alternatives. Popularly known as sleep dentistry, enteral conscious sedation is the answer for many. This therapy consists of giving the patient an oral medication starting one hour before treatment. The patient will be given nitrous oxide as well as local anesthesia. The reason that it is called sleep dentistry is because most people sleep through most of the procedure.