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Dental Anesthesia Guide: Information, Types & More

Dental procedures today are less painful than ever before, thanks to advances in dental anesthetics and pain-killing techniques. Dental anesthetics may prevent pain both during, and after, procedures. With this guide, you'll learn more about dental anesthesia and its different types and forms, and everything else you need to know.

There are three types of pain-killing medications or techniques for dental procedures:

  • Analgesics: Analgesics are pain relievers, including common medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen. These are used for mild discomfort, and may be prescribed for ongoing relief after a procedure such as a tooth extraction or a root canal.
  • Anesthetics: Anesthetics may be topically applied, injected, or swallowed. When used topically, the dentist may use a cotton swab to apply the anesthetic directly offer the area of the mouth where a procedure is being performed, numbing the area. Novocain and Lidocain are the two most commonly injected anesthetics, these block the nerves from transmitting signals, including pain, useful for major dental work.
  • Sedatives: Sedatives are used to relax a patient, as well as avoid pain. These may also be used with other pain relievers or killers. Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is an inhaled sedative, which is given to the patient through a mask. Intravenous sedations are an alternative to inhalation sedation. Conscious sedation is administered to a patient who is awake, whereas deep sedation or general anesthesia is utilized to place a patient in controlled unconsciousness.

Dental anesthetics today are safe, carefully controlled, and highly effective.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Clarksville, MD, by calling our office at 410.531.5639 or if you prefer, fill out our online contact form.