Pain Free Dentistry
Your comfort and safety are among your dentist’s top concerns. There are several options for pain-free dentistry. Your dentist is happy to discuss and use the most appropriate method for you. Knowing that your visit will be pain-free can help you relax and ease any fear about going to the dentist.
Some dental procedures, such as fillings, tooth extraction, and restoration procedures, affect the nerves that cause pain. For these procedures, your dentist administers short-term pain relieving medication (anesthetics) before the treatment even begins. They block the pain during your procedure.
Your dentist may administer sedation medication for longer procedures, including dental surgery and wisdom tooth extraction. Sedation dentistry makes you feel very relaxed during the procedure. It is especially helpful if you have anxiety. Sedation dentistry is also used for people with physical disabilities that have uncontrollable movement disorders.
Your dentist can provide “conscious sedation” or general anesthesia. Conscious sedation uses medications that allow you to be very relaxed, yet awake and responsive. General anesthesia creates a deep sleep-like state.
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