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Anesthesia Experiences

The choice of the anesthetic is strictly up to the patient assuming absent health concerns. See below for options.


Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is injections, or shots, given into the mouth to make the tooth numb prior to removing. The amount of shots required depends on tooth location and how many teeth need to be removed. The shots will be uncomfortable; however, there should be no pain when removing the teeth. If you are not anxious, this is a good choice. If you decide on local anesthesia you may drive yourself to the appointment and home.


Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is a mild sedative agent that help manage pain and mild anxiety during dental treatment. It is a colorless & odorless gas mixed with oxygen and inhaled through your nose, which has effects within minutes. It helps reduce sensitive gag reflexes, help patients feel more relaxed, keep young children more still during appointments, and helps with mild dental anxiety. With this you will still feel injections when we numb the tissue but you be more relaxed.


Oral Conscious Sedation & Nitrous Oxide

With oral sedation a pill is prescribed for you which you will take two hours before your appointment to relax you. In addition to the pill, nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, will be administered along with a local anesthetic (shots). You will still feel the shots, or injections, to numb the areas. With this technique you are more relaxed, however, you are still awake. If you are mildly anxious, this is a good choice. If you choose this method you will need a driver to and from your appointment.


IV Sedation

With this method we give you medication through an IV. You will drift in and out of sleep. You will be asleep enough that you will not care nor remember. If you are moderately anxious, this is a good choice for you. Most people prefer this method when having wisdom teeth removed. This method requires you to have a driver to and from your appointment.

Pediatric Oral Sedation


Your child has been scheduled to undergo a procedure using oral sedation. The following guidelines will help to assure his/her procedure runs smoothly: