Types of Anesthesia

Types of Anesthesia

In general, the type of anesthesia used during your procedure will depend on a few different factors, such as the procedure being performed and your overall health history. You will be able to discuss your anesthesia preferences and questions with Dr. Jacks during your pre-surgery consultation appointment. Most of the time, two or more different forms of anesthesia are used for optimal results. The types of anesthesia we offer at our practice include:

  • Local anesthesia. Local anesthesia numbs the area of surgery so that you feel no pain during your procedure. Most people who have ever had a dental filling or other minor procedure have probably undergone some form of local anesthesia.
  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Nitrous oxide is typically used to relax patients who feel anxiety when they come in for a procedure. Nitrous oxide is often used in conjunction with local anesthesia.
  • IV sedation. IV sedation is administered through an intravenous line, and it allows patients to fall into a deep sleep throughout the procedure.
  • General anesthesia. General anesthesia is administered in a hospital setting for more serious procedures. When patients undergo a severe injury, they may require a procedure that involves general anesthesia. In these cases, a professional anesthesiologist will be on site to assist with the procedure.

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