Local anesthesia is a type of anesthetic used to prevent pain in a specific area of your mouth during treatment by blocking the nerves that sense or transmit pain, and, in turn, numbing mouth tissues. For some dental visits, your dentist may use a sedative, which can induce moderate sedation. More complex treatments may require drugs that can induce deep sedation, reducing consciousness in order to relieve both pain and anxiety. Depending on the procedure, you may also need a pain reliever after treatment.
Dentists use the pain and anxiety control techniques mentioned above to treat millions of patients safely every year. Even so, taking any medication involves a certain amount of risk. This is why our team will always discuss the risks and benefits involved in any dental treatment, so that you can make the best decisions about the treatment that is right for you.
Working together, you and your dentist can choose the appropriate steps to make your dental visit as safe and comfortable as possible and help you keep a healthy smile.