What is local anesthesia?
Local Anesthesia Care Guide
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Local anesthesia is medicine used to numb a small part of your body while you have a procedure or surgery. It is often used during minor surgery or procedures, such as a biopsy or dental care. You should not feel pain, but you may still feel pressure.
What happens during local anesthesia?
Your caregiver will give you an injection or apply anesthesia medicine onto your skin. Local anesthesia is given directly over the area where you will have your procedure done. Your caregiver may also give you conscious sedation or deep sedation to help you sleep during your procedure.
What do I need to know about local anesthesia?
Tell your caregiver if you or anyone in your family has ever had any problems with anesthesia. Anesthesia may make it difficult to think. Do not make important decisions for 24 hours after you receive anesthesia.
What are the risks of local anesthesia?
You may have a severe reaction to the anesthesia medicine. Even with local anesthesia, you may feel some pain. You may need general anesthesia to keep you asleep during your surgery so you do not feel pain.
You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.
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