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  DENTAL ANESTHESIA  

Making a more comfortable visit for you!

     Local anesthesia is used to numb the teeth and gums to prevent pain during your treatment.

     We use two types of local anesthetics:

bulletTopical-to prevent discomfort on skin surface level.  It is applied to your gum tissues with a swab. This anesthetic painlessly numbs the spot to be injected. Anesthetic pastes that work well are  EMLA, Tac Gel, Reed's Paste (2-5 min after drying  before placing)
bulletInjectable-which works to prevent pain in the area where treatment is to be done.  It works by blocking nerve ending and numbing the tissues in the mouth for a short period of time.

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     Anti-anxiety medications can be used to help you relax during treatments.  Nitrous oxide can be given during dental treatment. 

     You may want to try taking  products like, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen; if you are not allergic to these products; before your visit  to relieve post treatment discomfort.  We can provide nitrous oxide during this procedure to increase your comfort level.

    Sedatives can also be given before a procedure.  These medications are provided to you by your family physician.  If you take a sedative before your appointment you will need to have someone bring you to the office and take you home because  you will not be able to drive after taking a sedative.  Sedatives will help you feel drowsy and relaxed while you are awake.

    You will need to tell us: all the medications you are taking, any allergic reaction you have had and provide a current medical history.

    Please remember you may be sore or tender in the area where the work was performed.  This may last for a week or more.  If it continues beyond this amount of time please contact us.

    We try very hard to make your visit pleasant and comfortable.

We want to make this as comfortable as possible for you

Burning Tongue  and Dental Injection 

     It is not uncommon during an injection to feel a sensation like a mild electric shock.  This situation occurs in about 1 out of 100 injections, while the needle passes directly through the nerve, and is most common when anesthesia is given to numb the lower jaw. The nerves most commonly affected  are the nerves in the tongue and /or the nerves involving the lower teeth, jaw, gum and lip.  In most cases the nerve is not damaged and in fact is numbed so well that  the dental procedure is completely painless.

     In rare cases of nerve damage, this nerve will cause symptoms of a prolonged feeling of numbness for weeks, months or longer.  Minor nerve injuries involve a tickling or burning sensation.

     If this condition does not clear up by itself in a few weeks to months, you may need to contact your dentist.

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Good News for Needle Phobics 

Here's good news for people who quake at the sight of a doctor or dentist wielding a needle. An experimental technique called microscission, which uses a stream of gas to bombard small areas of the skin with tiny crystals of inert aluminum oxide. These tiny sharp crystals remove the rough outer layer of skin and create tiny holes (microconduits) in the skin's underlying layers. The gas flow removes the crystals and loosened skin. The process takes about 20 second and feels like a gentle stream of air against the skin. Microscission may provide an alternative to needles for taking blood samples and delivering drugs through the skin. In this study, researchers from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology tested whether microscission could be used to administer a local anesthetic to human volunteers. The researchers first used microscission to open four microconduits within a small area of skin and then applied a pad soaked with anesthetic to the area. Within two minutes, the volunteers experienced loss of feeling in that area, proving successful delivery of the anesthetic.

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Tongue or check parenthesia: Most nerve injuries resolve on their own. It can take up to 2 years but most if they are going to get better will do so during the first 6 months post op. You may want to see a  nerve reconstruction specialist well before 3 months post op if you want to try to surgically repair it however his surgery isn't very successful.

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