Tooth pain can lead even the toughest person to cry and that is why dental anesthesia is such an important issue in for your Dentist in Berkeley. If you have any qualms about a procedure you should feel free to discuss your anesthetic options with your dental care provider. For some it is worth it to have some form of anesthesia just to quell the anxiety that comes from imagining the pain of the dental drill. A good dentist will be more than happy to discuss your options with you and will appreciate your honesty, as having a calm patient is much more conducive to a quick and successful dental procedure.
There are three types of anesthetic choices that your Berkeley Dentist will inform you of. These three options are called local anesthesia, general anesthesia and sedatives. Each one has a slightly different target and objective but your dentist will be able to help you decide which one would be the best for your specific procedure. A local anesthetic is generally used to numb a certain area only. In the case of a majority of dental procedures this would mean the gums surrounding the affected area. This anesthetic is administered as an injection. For those worried about the sting of the needle there can be a topical anesthetic applied first.
Sedatives are good for easing pain and helping to calm, or sedate, you prior to your procedure. Sometimes the tenseness caused by anxiety can be enough to add pain and trauma to an otherwise minor procedure and in these cases sedatives are usually the best route. Sedatives a generally administered in pill or liquid form and take ten to twenty minutes to take full affect. Last is general anesthesia and this is only employed in the event of dental surgery. This form of anesthesia will “put you to sleep” causing you to lose consciousness. You will need to be hooked up to monitors and an IV to ensure that you are stable in your deep sleep state. All of these measures are commonly used and, while they do have some risks associated with them, a vast majority of patients have no lingering side effects.