No matter what type of procedure your child needs, our pediatric anesthesia team at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC, will make his or her experience as comfortable as possible. We understand not every procedure requires full sedation, so one of the options our specialists can provide is local anesthesia – medicine used to numb the area where the treatment is being performed. 

What is Local Anesthesia?

Local anesthesia numbs the nerves in a particular area where a physician will be performing a treatment procedure, similar to numbing a person’s mouth during dental work. It’s often used for minor procedures; however, it may also be used during procedures when your child is sedated to further reduce his or her ability to feel pain.

Numbness normally subsides between two and four hours following the procedure. If your child is still feeling numbness after four hours, let his or her physician know.

How Is It Administered?

Local anesthesia can be administered in several ways, depending on the dosage. A single dose can be given as a shot near the location of the procedure, or it can be applied as a cream on the skin. If the procedure calls for a longer-lasting application, anesthesia can be administered by catheter, providing a continuous flow of numbing medication throughout the procedure.

What Procedures is Local Anesthesia Used For?

Local anesthesia can be used for a variety of treatment procedures, such as inserting an intravenous catheter (IV) or taking a blood test. One of our anesthesiologists will explain the best way to make sure your child is comfortable.

Before your child goes in for a procedure, it’s helpful to understand the effects of anesthesia. Read more about anesthesia.