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Types of Dental Anesthesia

Types of Dental Anesthesia

Bernardsville Dentist Serving Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, and Far Hills, NJ

The dentist and staff at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, New Jersey pride themselves on providing not only exceptional care and treatment to every patient but also focus on the best pain management and anti-anxiety processes possible. Advances in the field of dental technology have provided three main ways for us to reduce anxiety and eliminate pain from our patient’s procedures. These include:

  • Local anesthesia
  • General anesthesia
  • Sedation

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is used to numb the immediate area. First, a swab and a topical surface numbing solution are used. Once the surface has been numbed, an injectable local anesthetic is inserted into the area. This removes all localized feeling you may experience and allows us to work efficiently and quickly to repair or restore the area. Local anesthetics are most often used during procedures such as:

The side effects of local anesthesia are minor, and include prolonged numbing of the area.

General Anesthesia

If your aesthetic dental restoration procedure is very involved or the damage is severe, general anesthesia may be required for your procedure. This places the patient in a state of temporary unconsciousness which keeps them from being alert or moving during the procedure. It is most often recommended for children or anxious adults who may have difficulty in controlling movements or remaining still throughout a procedure.


Sedation is not anesthesia, per se, but is used during dental procedures to complement anesthesia. Sedation uses anti-anxiety agents during dental procedures to help you relax. Relaxation during your dental procedure reduces your discomfort during and following treatment and may help alleviate your future anxieties about dental visits.

We offer three types of sedation:

  • Oral sedation (a pill)
  • Nitrous oxide gas
  • Intravenous sedation

Which type of sedation Dr. Swaintek-Lamb recommends will depend on your comfort and the degree of sedation necessary.

Sedation Is Safe

The American Dental Association (ADA) offers guidelines for dental professionals to follow when administering pain-controlling substances to their patients. At our dental facility, we focus on patient care and safety above all else.

To learn more about dental anesthesia and sedation dentistry, please contact our sedation dentist online or call (908) 221-1188 today to schedule an initial consultation. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills, and surrounding areas in New Jersey.