Anesthesia can be done locally, through breathing in a gas, or intravenously. Local anesthetics can be applied topically or through small injections. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is simply breathed in. With nitrous oxide, the patient is still awake and aware, but it can greatly reduce anxiety. Administered intravenously, anesthesia results in a deep sleep. It is deep enough to prevent pain, but light enough that it does not require intubation. Level IV sedation puts you in a state of pain-free, complete relaxation for the duration of your procedure.
Anesthesia is only administered by a trained professional, and you are closely monitored until your anesthesia wears off. Patients with cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses require special precautions while under anesthesia, though the biggest side effect is nausea. Emergency equipment is always on-hand, just in case. In very rare cases, serious complications include respiratory depression, blood pressure fluctuations, and cardiovascular problems. Our staff members are highly trained for all possibilities, and will be with you every step of the way.