Are you avoiding the dentist? Maybe you’re worried about pain, but you don’t like the idea of being sedated, either.
Well, here’s the good news: Many procedures — like fillings and crowns — can be done with something called “local anesthesia.” So what does that mean?
- Your mouth is numbed wherever the work is being done
- You get to stay awake for the procedure
- Topical anesthesia (i.e. gel or ointment) numbs soft tissues like your gums
- Injectable anesthesia (i.e. Novocaine) numbs a larger area of the mouth, including your teeth and jaw
And if the idea of a needle going into your gums gives you cold sweats, don’t panic! Topical ointment can be used before injectable anesthesia so you won’t even feel the needle!
The other good news?
If you still can’t stomach the idea of dental work, other sedation options are available to put you completely at ease during your procedure.
In fact, we offer 3 levels of sedation at the Smile Center:
So no matter how much anxiety you have about going to the dentist, you can have a stress-free experience!
Let us ease your concerns. Call us with any questions or to set up your appointment!