Understanding the different types of anaesthesia for dental work can help if you’re anxious or avoiding treatment. Your DB Dental practitioner has a range of options to make sure you’re not missing essential dental work.
No fear dentistry – types of dental anaesthesia
Most dental work needs a touch of local anaesthetic to numb the spot before your dentist begins work. While that first needle isn’t something anyone looks forward to, it’s over pretty fast and the treatment can be sorted without any sensitivity.
Modern local anaesthetics are so much better than the way things were done a generation ago, but if you still find yourself avoiding the dentist, there are ways to make it less stressful.
Your DB Dental practitioner understands that many patients are anxious about dental work and can help you get the treatment in a way that’s comfortable for you.
What is in the numbing shot at the dentist?
The type and duration of dental treatment influences which type of local shot you’ll need. Novocaine used to be the usual anaesthetic but this has been replaced by Articaine for fairly quick treatments. Articaine is shorter-acting, which means you don’t need to spend hours feeling awkward and dribbling, or biting the inside of your mouth without realising because it’s numb.
For surgical procedures or longer treatments such as periodontal or restorative work, the local is usually Lidocaine. It’s much longer-acting so all the work can be completed without pain, but you will have numbness to handle for a while after.
Why you should not be afraid of the dentist
DB Dental offers a special Dental Wand at Joondalup practice, a computer-controlled injection which helps eliminate the stinging which can be felt if the anaesthetic fluid is injected too fast.
If a local just isn’t enough to get you back to the dentist, don’t be shy. There are other ways of getting your dental work completed and your dentist will be happy to talk you through your options.
You may be able to have Happy Gas, or nitrous oxide, to relax you. This gas is inhaled and takes just five minutes to completely relax you, ready for the treatment. You can drive home without any side effects soon after your treatment is finished.
If it’s serious surgery which is required or you have a serious issue about dental work, you have two other ways of getting work done – ‘sleep dentistry’ or a general anaesthetic.
Sleep dentistry puts you into a very relaxed and sleep-like state during the treatment. It’s an intravenous injection which sedates you so that you feel no pain while you’re being treated, and you won’t have any memory of it when you awake.
For major oral surgery you may need a general anaesthetic – this might also be a last option if you have serious phobias around urgent dental treatments.
Contact your DB Dental practitioner to discuss any anxieties you have about seeing a dentist – they will work with you to manage your treatment effectively.