Anesthetics

Anesthetics at Longmont Pediatric Dentistry

Fear of the dentist occurs in people of all ages. While kids often think they are invincible, it is not uncommon for the dentist to be a little scary. Pain management is frequently the number one concern for dental patients, especially children. Luckily, Anesthetics is used to block any pain that may occur, making dental procedures painless, easy and comfortable for the patient.

What is Anesthetics?  

The main purpose for use of anesthetic is to control pain and anxiety in dental procedures. Anesthetics were brought to medicine by dentists over a hundred years ago in 1884. In 1904, Alfred Einhorn introduced Novocaine, the  anesthetic that became synonymous with the dentist's office and dental anesthesia. From Novocaine, Lidocaine was developed, which is now the most effective form of anesthetic your dentist can use - it is even included on the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines for a basic health care system. Most anesthetics are delivered via needle and syringe, and blocking your nerves in the area being worked on from sending pain signals to the brain.

What effects does anesthesia have on the body?

Anesthesia has a long record of overall safety and is used by almost every practicing dentist for all major dental procedures. Since it is injected into the nerve, a topical anesthetic is sometimes used to prepare the area so that not even the pinch of the needle is felt, resulting in maximum comfort for the patient.

The anesthesia will work quickly, first causing a tingling sensation while the area slowly goes numb, and then complete numbness at the medicine’s peak, allowing the procedure to be performed with no pain. While dentists have many options to choose from while selecting the correct anesthetic to use for the procedure, the effects usually only last a few hours.

Millions of patients are treated safely with anesthetics to help relieve anxiety and pain each year. While every medication involves a certain amount of risk, anesthetics have proven to be safe and effective for adults and children alike. The number one way to keep you or your child in good dental health is to schedule regular dental checkups. If you would like to schedule a check up, or have any questions about local anesthetics, the professionals at Longmont Pediatric Dentistry can help. Visit www.longmontkidsdentistry.com to schedule an appointment today.

For more information on Anesthetics, call Longmont Pediatric Dentistry in Longmont, CO at (303) 776-1194!