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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Anesthetic (Overview)

Anesthetics's are a class of drugs which cause a reversible loss of sensation. The 2 main classes are general and local. General anesthetics cause unconsciousness and total loss of sensation. Local anesthetics cause loss of sensation to a limited area.


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What are anesthetic injections used for?

What are anesthetic injections used for?

Pain relief: We would need more info to answer your question in detail. Local anesthetics (numbing medicines) can be injected into a specific area, such as around a tooth, to numb it. Other types of anesthetic injections such as nerve blocks can provide anesthesia for some types of surgical procedures. An epidural injection can help with pain relief for back pain, or for having a baby. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
11 doctors shared insights

Anesthetic (Overview)

Anesthetics's are a class of drugs which cause a reversible loss of sensation. The 2 main classes are general and local. General anesthetics cause unconsciousness and total loss of sensation. Local anesthetics cause loss of sensation to a limited area.


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Can you define and describe spinal anesthetic? How does it work?

Can you define and describe spinal anesthetic? How does it work?

Spinal anesthesia: During a spinal anesth your providers uses Lidocaine to numb a small area of skin on you back and then uses a spinal needle to gently go through the numb skin, between the vertebral bones and into the spinal space where the spinal fluid is. When the anesthesia provider sees this fluid come back out of the needle he will then inject a small amount of local anes med into needle and numb the nerves. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use anesthetic ear drops in the ears to relieve pain on airplane trips?

Is it ok to use anesthetic ear drops in the ears to relieve pain on airplane trips?

Not advised: Pain with flying usually comes from problems with the eustachian tube. This works to keep the air pressure under the eardrum equal to the outside pressure. It is better to do things to constantly equalize your ears by frequent swallowing, chewing gum and constantly clearing your ears. Decongestant medicines may also help. ...Read more

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Male 50yrs bad reaction to gen anesthetic is due for another op & they said must have used dirty anesthetic & would use clean this time wot that mean?

Male 50yrs bad reaction to gen anesthetic is due for another op & they said must have used dirty anesthetic & would use clean this time wot that mean?

In details: Detailed description or old anesthesia record of the previous event will help anesthesiologist to make next anesthetic safe. From your question it is not clear what happened last time. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Which is more effective anbesol oral anesthetic or oragel?

Which is more effective anbesol oral anesthetic or oragel?

Same but...: They are the same but be aware the fda has announce that use of benzacaine in children under the age of 4 is dangerous because of a rare but sometimes fatal condition called methemoglobinemia. This is a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced. I would not use these products on toddlers and infants. ...Read more

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Can dental work with local anesthetic cause loss of taste?

Can dental work with local anesthetic cause loss of taste?

The nerves that are: Anesthetized for dental procedures are from the 5th cranial nerve (trigeminal nerve). Taste nerves are from the 7th cranial nerve (facial nerve) for the anterior 2/3's of the tongue. Changes in taste/ lack of taste here are usually related to issues with the 7th nerve. There is no specific connection with normal dental local anesthesia and taste changes. Hope this helps. Please see your doctor! ...Read more

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How long does it take for local dental anesthetic to kick in?

How long does it take for local dental anesthetic to kick in?

Dental anesthetic: Depending on the location and the accuracy, 3-5 minutes. If the area is swollen, infected, or hypersensitive, it may take longer, or it may not take at all. ...Read more

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Is general anesthetic safe?

Is general anesthetic safe?

Extremely low risks.: Anesthesiology has become the 'poster child' of improved safety in medicine. The risks directly attributed to anesthesia alone are now so low that they become hard to estimate. Latest estimates put the risk of major morbidity or mortality at one in several hundred thousand. Much lower than the risk of being struck by lightning. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to swallow phenol oral anesthetic?

Phenol Oral : Generally speaking, i you ingest small and/or recommended amounts of phenol oral anesthetic, you should not have a problem unless you are hypersensitive to the analgesic. ...Read more

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Anesthetics and sedatives: toxic or protective for the developing brain?

Anesthetics and sedatives: toxic or protective for the developing brain?

Anesthetic: Gases show some inconclusive evidence of mildly impaired intellectual capacity in children who had anesthesia as infants, but the illness requiring surgery may itself be the cause. So the answer is maybe, but no one knows for sure how much. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of general anesthetic?

Many: Nausea, vomiting, disorientation, sedation, constipation. All of these problems are self-limited and usually respond to fluids and medication. ...Read more

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How long before general anesthetic will leave your system?

How long before general anesthetic will  leave your system?

Usually 24 hours: Usually within 24 hours, however different drugs are metabolized at different rates. ...Read more

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Which local anesthetic has the longest duration or half life?

Bupivacaine: Bupivicaine and ropivicaine are the longest acting local anesthetics available today, and lasts between 6-12 hours. A liposomal bupivacaine formulation pendng fda approval, which could last 72 hours. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for anesthetic to wear off after a short surgery?

Local or general?: Local anesthesia used to numb the area may last for several hours. Sedation medications, pain meds, and/or general anesthesia wear off within a couple of hours; longer in elderly patients or liver/kidney problems. Still, no one should drive or make any important decisions within 24 hours of having sedation or anesthesia. Your judgment may be impaired long after you feel awake. ...Read more

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The dentist may use anesthetic such as 0.3ml lidocaine with 1:100, 000 epinephrine. Would this interact/ have problems with my heart or BP medication.

The dentist  may use anesthetic such as 0.3ml lidocaine with 1:100, 000 epinephrine. Would this interact/ have problems with my heart or BP medication.

Little concern: Stress form the procedure, particularly if you were not numb, would cause your body to release more Epinephrine then what is in the local anesthetic. That said I do try to error on the side of caution depending on the heart condition by not using the maximum dose( approximately 8 full injections) and breaking up multiple procedures over several appointments. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on oral anesthetic paste?

Can you overdose on oral anesthetic paste?

Yes: People have died from to much anesthetic. It is rare but it can happen. Your dentist knows how much to give safely. If you are using an anesthetic paste at home for an oral condition, short term use is ok. If the pain lasts a long time, you really need to get it checked out. If it is not for an oral condition, you are using the product in a manner for which it is not intended. You can od! ...Read more

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Can i overdose too much on oral anesthetic paste?

Can i overdose too much on oral anesthetic paste?

Yes: Yes. Follow the instructions on the package concerning dosage, and you'll be fine. ...Read more

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