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Dental Anesthesia
Anesthesia is a controlled condition of unconsciousness induced by medication. Nowadays, dentists use a local anesthetic called Lidocaine (also known as Xylocaine or Lignocaine), the modern replacement for Novocaine and procaine, which where discovered in 1905 by the German chemist Alfred Einhorn. You distinguish between local anesthesia, which induces the absence of sensation in a part of the body, and general anesthesia that induces a state of total unconsciousness. Anesthesia shuts down body functions such as consciousness, pain sensibility, defensive reflexes and muscle tension. Anesthetics also temporarily close down important protective reflexes such as breathing, choking and coughing reflexes. Many people suffer from dentist fear, a so-called dentist phobia. Please note that a responsible dentist always informs patients about the risks of using anesthesia and only uses anesthetics as an additional treatment option when dealing with a nervous or anxious patient in order to initiate dental surgery. Find out more about dental anesthesia in this video.
Produced: 04/2011
Posted: 8 years ago
Intubation, within the outpatient office, RARELY requires intubation and the use of muscle paralytics as described in this video. Inhalation anesthetics are also rarely used. Deep sedation, is technically 'general anesthesia", but utilizes IV medications only and is safely and commonly used for wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, and other oral surgery office-based procedures. Only and oral and maxillofacial surgeon should be sedating patients. - Steven Koos DDS, MD
Posted: 10 years ago
Woah, I had no idea sedation dentistry was this risky! I lost half a tooth in a sports accident recently and my dentist offered to restore it under general anestethic. I was very tempted to go for it because I have a huge fear of going to the dentist, but not anymore! I guess I have to find a way of handling my anxiety somehow, lots of short sessions might help. Thanks for this!
Posted: 11 years ago