Anesthesia Services are provided by board certified anesthesiologists.The type of anesthesia that is selected by the anesthesiologist and by Dr. Kopelman depends upon the proposed procedure, the health of the patient, and different degrees of individual pain tolerance.
1) Local or Topical Anesthesia:
Anesthetic creams like lidocaine or local injections of lidocaine(similar to novocaine) are used to numb the treatment area.The numbing effect can take about ten minutes to work.
2) Local Anesthesia w/IV or Oral Sedation
This type of anesthesia is also called “twilight sleep” or “conscious sedation” which means that you can be in a semi-sleep state. This is the most common type of anesthesia for facial procedures. You will become comfortable but easily arousable. Usually IV medications are administered by an anesthesiologist who will slowly put you asleep. If you were given just oral Valium to relax you then an anesthesiologist is usually not present. Once you are relaxed with either method then local injections of a numbing agent are painlessly injected into the area.With either method your recovery will be very rapid.
3) General Anesthesia
Patients who require deeper sedation to achieve a pain free state sometimes receive general anesthesia.This type of anesthesia utilizes inhaled gases through a breathing tube. All you vital signs are monitored by an anesthesiologist and your breathing is assisted by an anesthesia machine. When you wake up you may be groggy,you may feel like you have chills and your throat may feel irritated. General anesthesia requires a longer period of time to recover compared with local IV sedation.
If you have any questions regarding the type of anesthesia that you will receive please do not hesitate to ask Dr. Kopelman.