Local Anesthesia – It is the injections given to numb the area for treatment. This is the most typical method used, and the patient is awake through the procedure.
Local Anesthesia supplemented with oral medications – This is used to in addition to the local anesthesia to reduce anxiety. A medication is prescribed and then taken by mouth prior to the procedure to help the patient feel more relaxed.
Nitrous oxide analgesia – This is “laughing gas” administered by a mask placed over the nose. In addition to local anesthesia this provides relaxation for the treatment.
IV sedation – An intravenous line is usually started in the arm or hand. Medications are given through the IV to provide a deeper sedation or twilight sleep. Local anesthesia is also given. A preoperative visit will review your medical history and help to determine if you are a candidate to receive IV sedation in an office setting.