Anxiety and Pain Relief Through Conscious Sedation:
Antiaxiety agents or sedatives can help you relax during dental procedures.  They may be given before or during the dental visit and can be administered as pills, liquids, or injections.  Some can be inhaled.

General Anesthesia
General anesthesia, unlike conscious sedation, causes a loss of consciousness and produces deep sleep.

    • General anesthesia may be used for patients with uncontrollable anxiety or patients who are unable to control their movements (such as young children or some people with disabilities) It also be used for long or complicated procedures such as surgical tooth extractions.
    • All states now require dentists who provide general anesthesia to have a special permit from the state based on advanced training.  Other trained dental personnel usually are on hand during the procedures.

Make sure to:

    • Tell your dentist about any existing medical conditions or changes in your health history since your last visit.
    • Tell your dentist about any drugs you are taking.  Remember to mention any drug allergies or dependecies you have and any problems you’ve had with medications in the past.
    • Discuss risks and benefits of each anesthetic option.

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