Here at Valley Pediatric Dental, we are proud to offer different types of anesthesia to our patients to make their visits more comfortable.
The most common type of anesthesia we use is a local anesthesia. This prevents pain in a specific part of a child’s mouth. This works by blocking the nerves to that area. We often use a topical anesthesia before using local anesthesia. This helps to numb the area before we inject the local anesthesia. This is most often used for cavities.
There are some children who require more anesthesia so we also offer sedatives. These are most effective if they are given before the procedure, but they can also be given during it. There are different types of sedatives. Some are inhaled as a gas, though there are some that come in pill form. Some sedatives need to be given intravenously.
There are times when children need more anesthesia for a procedure, whether they are anxious or the procedure is painful. General anesthesia can be used in cases where a loss of consciousness is required.
Whether your children need local anesthesia or general anesthesia, feel free to discuss their case with their pediatric dentist. We want you and your children to have an enjoyable visit and will do everything we can to help.