Nearly 30% of Americans admit that they are afraid to go to the Dentist, regardless of the pain they may be experiencing due to a Dental issue!
Yet, they still avoid an office visit because of their fears. But, with the Anesthetic options available today, a Dental visit can now be a pleasant experience!
Generally speaking, an Anesthetic can be described as any substance used to remove the effects of pain. The Dentists at The Smile Center use one or more of the following 5 types of Anesthetics:
- Nitrous Oxide: Commonly known as “Laughing Gas,” this form of Anesthetic is a controlled mixture of nitrogen and oxygen gases (N2O) that is inhaled by the patient in order to decrease their sensitivity to any procedure being performed.
- Novocaine: This term has come to be used as a generic name for the many kinds of Anesthetics used in the dental injection, such as Xylocaine, Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Mepivicaine or Novocaine.
- Topical Anesthetics: Topicals are applied directly to the gums or mouth tissue to provide an immediate numbing effect on the surface of the tissue. Most frequently used Topical Anesthetics include Lidocaine and Benzocaine.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: Designed to provide patients with a safe and effective sedation. Oral Sedations, such as Triazolam and Midazolam, are taken by mouth at our office to induce a state of minimal to moderate sedation and often leave patients with little-to-no memory of their dental procedure by the next day. With specially formulated medications, these can be used in patients as young as two years old to ensure that children can always have a pleasant Dental experience.
- General Anesthesia: The ultimate option to ensure patients experience absolutely no pain or sensations during their Dental procedures. General Anesthesia, administered in an outpatient surgical setting, induces full unconsciousness for the patient. Under the supervision of an Anesthesiologist (M.D.) using carefully administered intravenous (IV) sedation, our Pediatric Dentist can perform all the recommended care in a single, outpatient visit.
Thanks to these Anesthetic options, the time has come to literally put your Dental anxieties to rest and discover that having a beautiful smile is nothing to fear!