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Local Anesthesia


What you need to know about local anesthesia:

Local anesthesia is medicine used to numb a small part of your body. It is used during minor surgery or procedures, such as a biopsy or dental care. You should not feel pain, but you may still feel pressure. Tell your healthcare provider if you or anyone in your family has ever had problems with anesthesia.

What will happen during local anesthesia:

Your healthcare provider 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. Your healthcare provider may also give you conscious sedation or deep sedation to help you sleep during your procedure. You may feel burning for a few seconds after you get the local anesthesia. This is temporary.

Risks of local anesthesia:

You may have a severe reaction to the anesthesia. Even with local anesthesia, you may feel some pain. The medicine may go outside the area being numbed, or you may get too much medicine. These problems can cause serious injury.

Call 911 if:

  • You have trouble breathing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You develop hives or swelling.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have questions or concerns about local anesthesia.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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