In the past, people avoided going to the dentist because of how painful common procedures like filling a cavity were. Today, powerful painkilling agents call anesthetics help you feel virtually no pain both during and post operation by blocking nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. They come in both topical, injectable, and oral forms and your dentist will determine the one best suited for your procedure. If your procedure warrants an injectable anesthetic, a topical one will be applied first to reduce the pain of the shot. The most common kinds of injectable anesthetics are Novocaine and Lidocaine.
Air abrasion is a relatively new way to remove tooth decay without the pain or sound produced by traditional drills. It works similarly to a sandblaster, using particles of aluminum oxide to remove unwanted debris or areas of damaged tooth. It is painless and often does not require an anesthetic. While it may leave a gritty feeling in your mouth, the dentist will use a rinse and a suction device to clear it out immediately. Unfortunately, larger procedures like root canals or crown work will still require more traditional methods due to their size and scale.
Many procedures require medications either pre or post surgery. They can be used to fight off infections or reduce discomfort and pain. Since certain medications can cause different people to have different reactions, it is crucial that you share your medical information with our office. In addition, if we prescribe you something, be sure to carefully follow any and all instructions.
One out of seven people suffers from anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist. It often leaves them wincing at the thought of even making an appointment, keeping them from getting the dental care they need. If you are one of those people, sedation dentistry may be right for you.Learn more here.