Lancaster dentist Dr. Douglas B. Weber knows that a pleasant dental experience is the cornerstone of building a trust-based relationship with patients. At Douglas B. Weber, D.D.S. we ensure your comfort with the use of local anesthesia and a thoughtful, unique approach to its administration that will optimize your experience with us while allowing you to relax.
What Is Local Anesthesia?
Local dental anesthesia is a medication that numbs a section of your mouth for a limited amount of time, eliminating the pain or discomfort associated with dental treatments. It does not affect your cognitive abilities, so you stay awake and alert through your treatment. Dental anesthesia is often used for treatments like fillings and crowns. Before administering local anesthesia, Dr. Weber will assess and review your overall health and medical history, as well as your anxiety level. There are two types of dental anesthetics:
- Topical anesthetics: We use high-strength topical gel to numb the gums before an injection, eliminating that initial pinch from the needle. This helps alleviate the nervousness you may feel from the sight of a syringe.
- Local anesthesia: We inject into the area of the mouth that is being treated a powerful medication that blocks the nerves that sense and transmit pain. This allows you to remain comfortable while we administer the necessary treatments.
Administering Local Anesthesia
Prior to receiving an injection of dental anesthesia, Lancaster dentist Dr. Douglas Weber will use cotton to gently dry the area and apply a high-strength numbing gel. Once the surface area is numb, the local anesthetic is slowly and gently injected. We take several measures to minimize any discomfort experienced upon injection.
The effects of local anesthetic can last a couple of hours after your treatment. Your mouth will feel swollen (even if it’s not) and you may experience difficulty speaking. To avoid accidentally hurting yourself, Dr. Weber recommends waiting until full feeling returns before chewing or eating.
Q. Is local anesthesia recommended during wisdom teeth removal?
A. At Douglas B. Weber, D.D.S., you will receive local anesthesia before the removal of a wisdom tooth. Sometimes Dr. Weber will use general anesthesia (a type of sedation dentistry), especially if you are having more than one tooth removed. General anesthesia is used to prevent pain throughout your body and often causes you to sleep.
Q. Is local anesthesia the same as sedation dentistry?
A. Local dental anesthesia affects a small part of the body, such as a tooth or area of gum. It does not affect the patient’s cognitive abilities, and they stay awake and alert throughout treatment. Sedation dentistry is the administration of medication that relieves a patient’s anxiety and allows them to reach a deep level of relaxation, even drifting off to sleep during treatment.
Q. Is local anesthesia safe?
A. Local anesthesia is very safe and commonly used on patients of all ages. Though few, there are side effects, and they include: hematoma, numbness outside of the targeted area, racing heart.