Our surgeons practice I.V. anesthesia, conscious sedation, and local anesthetic with confidence. Both doctors are licensed by the state of Florida to provide safe anesthesia.
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 an implant placement or a tooth extraction.
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. Carbocaine and Lidocaine are the most common types of injectable anesthetics. Such medications block the nerves from transmitting painful signals to the brain, therefore providing comfort.
Sedation and General Anesthesia
Sedatives are medications designed to help a patient relax. This can be a powerful tool to help control anxiety. Sedatives are often used in combination with local anesthesia. Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is a form 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.