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Local Anesthetics

Many people have an automatic fear of coming to see us, and will readily admit that part of that fear arises from thinking that they may experience pain during their appointment. Whether they had a bad experience at a different dental clinic, or they are simply anxious about what we are doing in their mouth during their appointment, we understand their concerns. For our patients who may have trepidation about experiencing sensations of pain or discomfort during their dental appointment, we here at ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center are careful to administer proper doses of local anesthetics to ensure their comfort during their procedure.

What are Local Anesthetics?

Anesthesia is not very well understood. Many different types of anesthetics have similar sounding names, but they serve very different purposes. In our office, we offer local anesthetics to our patients, providing them with a combination of alertness as well as pain relief.

As the name suggests, local anesthetics are delivered at the site of the procedure. Typically, this is done with a syringe, as we will inject the anesthetic directly into the area where we are going to perform the procedure. Before we administer the local anesthetic, we often will pre-numb the area with a numbing solution to prevent you from feeling any pain when we inject the local anesthetic into the area. Making sure you do not experience any discomfort is of utmost importance to us during your appointment, so if you do start to experience any sensations of pain or discomfort while we work on you, please let us know immediately. We can adjust or increase the dose of your anesthetic to help keep your entire appointment as pleasant and pain-free as possible!

Despite sounding similar, a local anesthetic is vastly different from the general anesthetic. General anesthesia is a type of sedation dentistry and results in you being rendered unconscious during your appointment. The risk of general anesthetics is greater than local anesthesia. Local anesthesia, on the other hand, is quite safe. The risk to you is minimal. Occasionally our patients do notice side effects from local anesthesia, but these are small. Sometimes the local anesthesia can affect other areas, causing numbness and drooping of your mouth or eyelid. Allergies to local anesthesia are rare but do sometimes occur.

Reasons we may use local anesthetics include routine procedures such as scaling and root planing (also known as a "deep cleaning"), when we fill a cavity, or a root canal. The most common type of local anesthetic that we use is a numbing medicine called lidocaine. You may find that your mouth may feel numb for several hours after your procedure, so please be careful when eating or drinking to avoid accidentally biting your cheeks, lips, or tongue. You may also find that it is difficult to speak afterward, but as the anesthetic wears off, so will the sensations of numbness.

If you have been told that you will need a dental procedure performed in our office, it is understandable to have questions about anesthetics and how we will help protect you from pain during your routine procedure. To learn more about local anesthetics, or to set up an appointment with our skilled and gentle staff here at ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, please give our office a call today at Carrollton: (972) 242-7603 or Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050 or Denton: (940) 566-7021!
2440 N. Josey Lane,
Suite 202
Carrollton, TX 75006

ph: (972) 242-7603
fax: (972) 242-0925

Flower Mound
651 Cross Timbers Road,
Suite 102
Flower Mound, TX 75028

ph: (972) 434-8050
fax: (972) 434-2043

1601 N. Elm,
Suite B,
Denton, TX 76201

ph: (940) 566-7021
fax: (940) 383-8319
6340 Preston Road,
Suite 100,
Frisco, TX 75034

ph: (972) 242-7603
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