- General anesthesia- the patient loses consciousness and pain sensation.
Inhalation- another method for administering general anesthesia by breathing in.
- Regional Anesthesia- the anesthesia is given to specific region of the body where it interrupts pain sensation. It is injected near the nerve. The patient usually remains conscious.
- Local anesthesia- the patient is conscious, but loses sensation in one localized part of the body.
Subcutaneous - method of applying local anesthesia under the skin. This method is normally used to deaden the skin prior to suturing a laceration.
Topical - another method of applying local anesthesia. A liquid or gel is placed onto a specific area of the skin.