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What type of anesthesia will I need for getting a ceramic dental crown?

The type of anesthesia that your dentist will suggest depends on how comfortable you are with being awake and alert during your ceramic crown placement.

One option that your dentist may suggest is a combination of local anesthesia and conscious sedation. Local anesthesia, or numbing medicine, is used in the area of the tooth that will be getting the crown. The dentist will numb the area by injecting medicine into your gum or into the inside of your cheek. This type of anesthesia leaves you completely awake and alert, though it may be a bit difficult to talk clearly because part or all of your mouth will be numb.

Conscious sedation is a way to relax you and make you feel less anxious about your ceramic crown procedure. During conscious sedation, you are given a medicine that makes you feel drowsy and relaxed. You are still able to respond to your dentist's instructions or questions but despite being “awake” you will probably not remember much of your crown placement procedure.

General anesthesia may be used if you are completely certain that you do not want to be conscious at all during your crown placement. This type of numbing procedure affects your whole body. You are not conscious, you cannot breathe on your own, and you can't move at all. If you or your dentist think that this type of anesthesia is needed, you will need to be carefully watched by a person trained in general anesthesia. He or she will put a tube down your throat so you can breathe and will also make sure that your heart rate and blood pressure stay within the normal, healthy range during your crown placement.

Each type of anesthesia has benefits and risks associated with it. Your dentist will suggest the option that he or she feels is best, and you can talk about what option feels like a good choice for you. Together you can come up with a plan that will work for getting your ceramic crown placed.

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