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The use of anesthesia is intended to make you as comfortable as possible during your dental procedure. Anesthesia is safe, and will be administered by a trained provider. You and Dr. Geare will decide on the amount of anesthesia that is right for you.

Before you receive anesthesia, be certain that you’ve told Dr. Geare about the medications you are currently taking and any allergies you have. Some forms of anesthesia require that you do not eat or drink prior to your dental appointment. If you have questions about your anesthesia, be sure to talk with [your dentist.] There are several types of dental anesthesia:

Local anesthesia is administered by application or injection in one area of your mouth. This method numbs your tissue for a short period of time. Dr. Geare will probably choose this method when filling cavities, and it is the most common anesthesia used in dental offices.

Conscious sedation is intended to help you relax during your dental procedure. It can be administered as an inhalant, such as nitrous oxide, or by oral or injected sedative. This method allows you to be relaxed, but still reactive to speech or touch.

Deep sedation is used when too much movement can hamper the safe completion of your procedure. Deep sedation can be administered as a sedative, or at times general anesthetic is required. During deep sedation or general anesthesia you will be unconscious or unable to respond to verbal commands.