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How is general anesthesia different from local anesthesia?

How is general anesthesia different from local anesthesia?

Different medication: The word "anesthesia" can be confusing. It applies to many different drugs that prevent responses to pain. Drugs like Lidocaine and novocaine are injected with a needle to numb an area: this is "local" anesthesia. Other drugs that are given through an iv--such as Propofol or sodium pentothal--and anesthesia gases that you breathe produce general anesthesia and complete unconsciousness. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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General Anesthesia (Definition)

General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents. It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or ...Read more


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What is more expensive: general anesthesia or local anesthesia?

What is more expensive: general anesthesia or local anesthesia?

See below: Probably the general anesthetic would be more expensive, but it depends on where it is done. In an operating room you would also be paying the hospital charges for the or, as well as the nurses. The cost of the actual anesthetic would be on top of this. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is local anesthesia and general anesthesia?

General = brain: Local anesthesia involves injecting numbing medication such as Lidocaine into the area to be numbed. The medication baths the nerves and blocks their ability to sense pain. An example is numbing the skin to suture a cut. General anesthesia uses medications that temporarily affects the brain putting you "to sleep" so you don't feel pain or have awareness. (it isn't really sleep). ...Read more

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Is liposculpture done with a general anesthesia or local? Will I have to be completely knocked out for liposculpture, or can it be done with a local anesthesia? .

Usually sedation: This depends upon the patient, but a sedative with local anesthesia is usually sufficient for the procedure. Please discuss your concerns with your anesthesia provider before the procedure starts. Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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I've 3 damaged teeth and one of them reached the nerve already. Can i be under general anesthesia!? I can't bear the pain even under local anesthesia.

Pain alternatives: General anesthesia may be an option with an oral surgeon but i would suggest that you try speaking with your health care provider to explore other options such as oral or IV sedation. ...Read more

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What kind of anesthesia will I have with vaser liposuction? I have horrible nausea after general anesthesia. Can I have vaser liposuction usual local anesthesia? .

Depending : Depending on the extent of the area to be treated and your pain tolerance, local anesthesia is an option to be discussed with your surgeon and anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Local Anesthesia (Definition)

A local anesthetic is a drug that acts to deaden the nerves in the area that ...Read more