One of the most common concerns that people have with a dentist trip is the potential for pain. Thankfully, there are a wide range of techniques and medications that can be used to help reduce pain and control anxiety during most procedures. As a leading Glebe dentist, Soothing Care Dental takes pride in our patients comfort throughout procedures.
It is recorded that ten to thirty percent of people have anxiety and concerns about pain with dental procedures, ultimately delaying treatment. This is where anaesthesia plays a vital role in the comfort of dental patients. Anaesthesia is used for the temporary lack or loss of sensation and assists with helping patients relax throughout their dental procedure.
There are different types of anaesthesia, the most common being local anaesthetic. This is used for simpler procedures, such as a cavity filling, which is less complicated and takes a shorter time to complete. Local anaesthesia typically takes effect quickly (around 10 minutes) and lasts for 30 to 60 minutes during your procedure, ensuring a comfortable and painless dental experience. They can be used topically or injected into the area that is to be treated, sometimes a light sedation is added to local anaesthetics to further assist with easing the patient’s discomfort.
Another form is general anaesthesia, which used for longer procedures. Using general anaesthesia causes the patient to be completely unconscious with no pain or recollection of the procedure.
Our dentists will discuss with our patients the precautions and best choices to ensure ease, safety and comfort.
Sedation techniques assists with keeping the patient at ease while the dentists work in their mouth. A common type of sedation is via the use of nitrous oxide, also commonly known as happy or laughing gas. Nitrous oxide causes the brain and body to relax.The amount of medicine is easily adjustable, if our patient needs more pain relief the dentist can ease the discomfort within seconds.
Nitrous oxide works fast and wears off quickly, so the patient is more alert and not tired after the procedure. It is one of the safest methods to control pain and has no side effects. Once the gas is working dentists will then use topical and injectable anaesthetics to make your procedure pain free.
Other forms of sedation include conscious sedation and oral sedation. Conscious sedation may be suggested for procedures that require more pressure, such as root canals. This method includes a combination of medication delivered to the blood stream either using a shot into the muscle or an intravenous line. Dentists may also suggest oral sedation using a combination of oral medications. Normally, a dose of anti-anxiety medication is given to the patient, causing ease throughout the procedure whilst avoiding the use of needles.
Therefore, do not avoid your visit to the dentist – our dentists will talk to you about the options for relieving pain, ensuring comfort and relaxation.