Local anesthesia is the most common form of sedation and is used for minor procedures, such as filling cavities. The numbing medication is injected directly into the area where your dentists will be working. You’ll be conscious during the procedure, but won’t feel any pain.
For some procedures that use local anesthesia, we also use nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. You breathe in through a mask placed over your nose, and you’ll feel calm and relaxed. Nitrous oxide and local anesthesia are excellent options for patients undergoing minor dental procedures.