We, at Eagle Family Smiles, are committed to ensuring that every dentistry procedure and service is performed in such a way, as to minimize your discomfort. A visit to the dentist should not be associated with anxiety, fear and pain. Our professionals utilize the latest techniques and equipment, including the best and most effective forms of anesthesia available. We will always provide you with anesthesia that is most appropriate for your procedure and wishes.
Most standard procedures like routine teeth extraction and fillings will require basic local anesthesia. Your dentist will first apply topical anesthesia to numb the treatment area. He will then inject you with the appropriate does of local anesthesia in the numbed tissue. This means that you will not even feel the prick of the injection. This type of anesthesia will block the pain and insure that simple procedures are performed quickly and comfortably.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing gas)
This is one of the oldest form of anesthesia available. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas” is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax and make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. 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. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
Oral sedation (Conscious Sedation)
Some patients who are very anxious and needs complicated teeth extraction, or other complex treatment we recommend use of Oral Sedation. You will take a pill that will put you in a state of conscious sedation. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake. You will be relaxed and comfortable during the whole procedure, feel no pain, and most likely not even remember what was happening.
If you have any anxiety about any part of the process, you are most welcome to consult with our dentists about the available anesthesia options and the method that is right for you. Don’t hesitate to call us at (610) 458-5165 and make an appointment.