What are the Advantages of Local Anesthesia?
In retrospect, the vast majority of patients share that their rejuvenation day was easier than going to the dentist for a dental procedure. Prior to your procedure, you will be given an oral sedative (ie valium or similar) to relax you and take away any anxiety. Providing effective local anesthesia is both a learned skill and an art. For his entire career, Dr. Lanfranchi has exclusively used this safe method to perform his procedures and has many different techniques to make this portion of the procedure as comfortable as possible.
The most significant advantage to this approach is its safety. By not using dangerous deeper sedation (via an IV or general anesthesia), your body is not unnecessarily stressed and put at risk for systemic, even sometimes fatal, complications (ie cardiac or pulmonary/lung issues). This allows us to treat patients of any age and even most of those with a moderate medical history (ie smokers, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes). For select patients, we may contact their family physician (or appropriate physician based on the medical history) to be certain they are in good health before proceeding. Your safety is never compromised and is our number one concern from start to finish.
Approximately 50-60% of our patients sleep through the vast majority of their procedure. There are some patients that claim that they did not remember anything about their actual procedure! The remaining patients enjoy listening to music of their choice while we are working, with most of these patients admitting to dozing off periodically. TLC always has your comfort (both physically and psychologically) in mind. Everything we do on your procedure day is customized to your individual needs and personality.
Nearly 100% of our patients claim afterward how easy the experience and procedure was. Waiting to have the procedure(s) typically seems to be the most difficult part of their journey.