An anesthetic drug is applied to the part of the body that is to undergo surgery.
It may be used with sedation, which calms the patient and reduces stress levels. Together, they enable the surgeon to carry out the procedure without pain or distress.
Local anesthesia only lasts a short time, so it is mainly used for minor outpatient procedures, where the patient can leave on the same day.
While not a replacement for daily brushing and flossing, use of mouthwash (also called mouthrinse) may be a helpful addition to the daily oral hygiene routine for some