Types of dental anesthesia

Types of dental anesthesia

Did you know there are several types of dental anesthesia?

This may not be what you want most times in your life but if you’re anticipating dental work …it’s exactly what you’re looking for.  Do you know someone, or ever had this experience yourself at the dentist, where you weren’t quite numb enough and you felt the pain during a dental procedure?  OUCH!  The sudden surprise and shock of dental pain can make you not want to go back to the dentist.  This fear is great enough that some people put off needed dental treatment and neglect their oral health.

We are all different. Different people may need different amounts of dental anesthetic and in different locations to ensure a painless dental procedure. Dr. Eric teaches that with “good communication and high quality medicines, dental treatment, whether it’s crowns, root canals, implants, cosmetic veneers, or composite fillings, all can be performed as a painless dental experience.”

There are a variety of different dental anesthetics available to dentists today.  Depending on the dental treatment being performed… one dental anesthetic may be more effective at numbing an area than another.  Each dental procedure should be evaluated by the practitioner and consideration given for the appropriate local anesthetic to be used.

Dr. Eric shares his approach, “It’s important to me as a dentist that my patients are numb for dental work.  I’ve learned that a combination of good communication and only using the best anesthetics available can get even the most challenging of patients numb and this ensures painless dental treatment.”

Sadly, people put off routine dental treatment because of a fear that they might experience pain during a dental procedure.  This avoidance behavior causes a decline in one’s oral health, because established dental carries (cavities) don’t go away and usually get worse without treatment.  There are steps a person can take if they are fearful about painful dental treatment, the most important one, is discussing with their dentist what type of anesthetic is to be used.  Also, inquire about how to communicate with the dentist during the procedure if you were to experience pain.  Will the Dentist stop?  How best to get the attention of the dental staff?  If these questions are discussed before the dental procedure starts it can have an effect to lower anxiety and increase confidence in your dental visit.

With today’s anesthetics combined with a practitioner that utilizes advanced numbing techniques and good open communication,  dental pain during treatment can be a thing of the past.   So if you happen to be at the dentist and you can’t feel your face…then you’re off to a painless start!

If you have more questions or if you are looking for a dental practice that is committed to patient comfort and painless dentistry, then contact Dr. Eric Dahlen at Padden Dental. His office phone number is 360-213-1999.

About Eric Dahlen

Eric Dahlen, DMD Padden Dental

Dr. Eric Dahlen is your local family dentist and enjoys making same day crowns in Vancouver, WA. Need a new smile? Are you suffering due to poorly shaped or damaged teeth? Dr. Eric has a special interest in endodontics. “I like endodontics because it is usually associated with a patient in pain. I like to get people out of pain and by doing so, their fear of dentistry reduces."

Give me a call today to schedule a consultation in our Padden Dental office by calling (360) 213-1999.

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