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Four Forms of Anesthesia


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A slideshow presentation by Dr. H. Ryan Kazemi on the different types of anesthesia potentially used during oral surgeries, and other procedures, with effects.

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Four Forms of Anesthesia

  1. 1. Anesthesia: Four Distinct Forms By Dr. H. Ryan Kazemi, Oral Surgeon
  2. 2. Medical procedures can cause anxiety and fear, but anesthesia can help. Different forms of anesthesia trigger different physiological effects that make the experience more bearable.
  3. 3. Nitrous Oxide Nitrous oxide is the lightest form of conscious sedation. It is inhaled through a nasal mask and leaves the body minutes after the system is turned off. Nitrous oxide does not reduce awareness. Patients can leave the office without assistance.
  4. 4. Oral Pre‐Medication Medication can be taken a half­ hour to an hour before the appointment. Oral pre­medication is more effective than nitrous oxide, but its effectiveness and onset are hard to predict. Patients will need to be escorted to and from the office in most cases.
  5. 5. Local Anesthesia Once injected, local anesthesia numbs the area around the point of injection. Local anesthesia can be combined with other types of conscious sedation in order to reduce anxiety and awareness.
  6. 6. Intravenous Sedation This puts the patient in a safe, comfortable, and relaxed state. The effects occur quickly because the sedation is administered through an I.V. Patients who are given this sedation will need to be escorted home.
  7. 7. To get the best care for your procedure, consult with your dental practitioner. Click below to read the full article.