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What Is Local Anesthesia
What normally called: " to put you to sleep" before surgical procedure , is not feel pain , and will not be aware the procedure being done , by anesthetic medications , your breathing is controlled , all your vital functions are closely monitored by highly trained professional(s), relatively very safe considering the magnitude of the undertaking on human body. ...Read more
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
General Anesthesia: A more appropriate way to approach this issue is to think about 1) the induction of general anesthesia and, 2) the maintenance of general anesthesia. Most general anesthetics are induced (started) with intravenous agents and then maintained with inhaled anesthetic gases. However, general anesthetics can be mask (gas) inductions and certainly general anesthetics can be maintained with IV agents. ...Read more
Anesthesia for teeth: Local anesthesia involves injection of local anesthetic drugs in your mouth to make the jaw numb so the wisdom teeth can be painlessly removed. General anesthesia, on the other hand, involves the injection of general anesthetic drugs or sedative through an I.V. It's very common in an oral surgeon's office for you to have both I.V. Anesthesia and local anesthesia. This is the most comfortable way. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If anesthesia gas is: used, whether it is vapor (started with ether, now - sevoflurane or isoflurane) or actual gas ("laughing gas" nitrous oxide or xenone) to induce and maintain state of unconsciousness and insensibility to pain by breathing it in and out, it is called inhalational anesthesia. In pure form it is primarily used for short procedures in kids, in adults usu. as a component of balanced general anesthesia ...Read more
Local vs. topical: Local is administered sub-cutaneous and cutaneous. Topical is not andminister under the tissue and typically, is not approved as an injectable. ...Read more
Regarding trigeminal anesthesia, can you explain what is "balaclava helmet anesthesia" and what is "snout anesthesia"?
Complicated: Snout anesthesia was invented initially for pigs. A plastic cone device was fitted on the snout so, they could breath the gas." balaclava" is a metal frame attached to the head leaving the face free to accommodate a mask like the one above. In this way the head cannot move. It is used in stereotactic brain surgery to avoid even tiny movements which in this case can be very harmful even lethal. ...Read more
What is sedation vs general anesthesia? What is the difference between being sedated and having general anesthesia?
Consciousness: The difference is level of consciousness. A patient under sedation should be able to respond to verbal or tactile stimuli. A patient under general anesthesia has complete loss of consciousness--he/she should have complete amnesia, be immobile, have no response to external stimuli, and have analgesia or absence of response to painful stimuli. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Concerning trigeminal anesthesia, what is "balaclava helmet anesthesia" and what is "snout anesthesia"?
MAC anesthesia: Mac is an acronym for monitored anesthesia care. This implies that the patient is monitored by a board certified anesthesiologist, or board cert. Nurse anesthetist under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. There are varying degrees of sedation, from light, to mod. And deep. This will vary with the complexity of the case, and patient pref.Patient is fully monitored, ecg, bp, capnography, pulse ox. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Effects and depth: Twilight anesthesia is the application of sedatives to help the patient. One of the concerns is that there will be too much anesthesia given and the patient will not be able to breathe. This is for smaller operations. General anesthesia puts the entire body to sleep, and lets the anesthesiologist take over so that a surgeon is able to perform their operation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Regional anesthesia: Regional: a general term for nerve blocks of the extremities head and torso. An epidural is a type of regional anesthesia that is used for numbing the lower body from the umbilicus down. A nerve block is a specific nerve(or nerves being numbed. An interscalene nerve block is used to numb one arm for example. But an ISB is a type of regional anesthesia. ...Read more
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