The Use of Anesthesia in Dental Treatments
Updated on Monday 19th June 2017
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Anesthesia is used in medical practice to relieve the patient from the pain he/she already has or the pain produced by a certain type of medical intervention. Without the use of anesthesia, many of the dental treatments would not be possible, as the pain would be very hard to endure, but modern procedures used by our dentists in Dubai involve less and less pain for the patient. It is good to know that anesthesia is also used for dental implants in Dubai, after a complete investigation of your general health and denture.
Anesthesia in dental treatments in Dubai
Anesthesia is applied to a patient when the dental intervention may induce pain. It is generally used when the dentist performs invasive procedures, such as root canal operations or dental implants. It is also necessary for less invasive interventions, such as treating cavities, but this is decided in accordance with the gravity of the medical problem. It is good to know that the dental treatments in Dubai are performed using the latest types of anesthetics, in accordance with the patient’s tolerance to pain and to different types of allergies he/she might have to certain compounds of the anesthetics.
Types of local anesthesia
The local anesthesia is used in dental medicine for over a century and it is still the main type of procedure when applying anesthetics. Several types of local anesthesia are applied in a variety of areas in the mouth, according to the dental problem and its gravity:
• nerve block – it anesthetize the nerves inside the mouth and it is used for invasive dental problems;
• infiltration – the anesthetic is applied at the root of the tooth;
• intraosseous – it is applied only using an injection into the bone; the method it used for complicated medical interventions, such as dental surgery;
• intrapulpal – it is administered into the pulp of the tooth.
The duration of the anesthetic depends on the medical problem of the patient and the area where it was applied. This can be can be short, intermediate or long (it can last from 5/10 minutes to more than 300 minutes) and, for each of these stages, our Dubai dentists use different types of anesthetics.
Methods of applying local anesthesia
At this moment, there are two ways of applying local anesthetics:
• injectable anesthetics – applied using a dental syringe;
• topical anesthetics – this method is used for reducing stress or discomfort which is usually associated with injections. It is used as an alternative method for certain types of interventions, as it anesthetizes only the mucous membrane and tissue. It can’t be used for dental interventions done on teeth or jawbone.
Oral sedation with local anesthesia for dental procedures
The oral sedation is a type of medication used for many years in dentistry and a proper method utilized before the dentists start a dental treatment. This is a conscious sedation, where the patient is awake and responsive, but he/she will not feel any pain during the dental procedures. Medications like benzodiazepine (Xanax or Valium) are used in an oral sedation which works like a sedative in charge of relaxing the central nervous system. The oral sedation helps a patient to get rid of anxiety, but please consider that this method will come with an oral anesthesia before any dental procedure.
When is general anesthesia used?
There are cases where phobic patients need general anesthesia. Even though it is not that often used, due to its risks which need attentively considered, the general anesthesia can be a good option for anxious patients when other treatments cannot be proposed and used. The general anesthesia means that a patient is totally unconscious, and the dentist can suitably perform the dental treatments. It is good to know that before such important type of anesthesia, a specialist will analyze the health of the patient and the medical records. The general anesthesia can be used in cases where several wisdom teeth are entirely covered in bone and can only be removed surgically. Many persons are afraid of not waking up after a general anesthesia, but the things are quite encouraging because the risk of death is very small. And remember, such anesthesia will only be used in very complex dental problems.
If you are interested in finding out more about a certain type of anesthetics which are suitable for your dental problem, please contact our dental clinic in Dubai.