If you are undergoing any type of procedure at your Tampa dentist’s office, your dentist will likely use some type of anesthesia. For minor work, a local anesthesia is usually done, while larger oral surgeries, you are typically sedated as these take longer. There are several choices for Tampa dentists when it comes to anesthesia, though there are the more common ones that are preferred at many offices. Depending on your needs, such as pain management, relaxation, or sedation, your dentist will choose the best anesthesia for you. We’ve broken down a few of the most common and their uses and side effects below.

Local Anesthesia
Your Tampa dentist will administer a local anesthesia for in-office, routine procedures such as a filling. This is used to numb the gums and nerves inside and around your teeth. When using a local anesthesia, you are wide awake and cognizant, but the part of the mouth that received the injection feels no pain or discomfort.

Sedative Anesthesia
For those patients that get nervous or fidgety, the dentist may prescribe a sedative. Depending on the needs of the patient, this may be given in a pill form to take prior to the appointment. A sedative is designed to calm and relax a patient, but keeps them awake.

General Anesthesia
If you are having any procedure such as removal of your wisdom teeth, root canals, or other oral surgeries, your dentist will use general anesthesia. This puts the patient to sleep and prevents any pain from being experienced. When under general anesthesia, you are typically under for a longer period of time or having a more invasive procedure that cannot be handled by a local anesthesia.

There are several forms of anesthesia depending on the needs of each patient. If you’re visiting your dentist for a procedure, feel free to ask what type of anesthesia will be used. Each patient reacts differently, so being prepared can make the visit run smoothly. Make your next appointment today at North Pointe Dental.