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Local Anesthesia

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

What do I 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.

What are the 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.

Care Agreement

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. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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