We aim to offer our patients a pain-free dental experience. Patients can relax during dental procedures in our calm, soothing treament rooms. Where procedures allow, dental sedation is available.
Topical anesthetic numbs the surface of the gum tissue. We apply topical anesthetic to your gums before injections, to reduce the “pinch” of the needle. We occasionally use topical anesthetic during dental cleanings to numb the surface of the gums for patient comfort.
We may also apply topical anesthetic onto the tongue, to help control a strong gag reflex while taking x-rays or taking impressions of your teeth.
Local anesthetic is the primary medication we use to block pain. It can “turn the pain nerves off” for a brief period. We inject the anesthetic directly into your gums, after using a topical anesthetic to reduce the “pinch” of the needle.
We offer the option of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for our adult patients. Nitrous oxide can take the edge off a patient’s anxiety, helping him or her to relax through the procedure.
Nitrous oxide does not work for everyone, nor does everyone have the same response to it. Some patients need very little, while others require more. During your first visit using nitrous oxide, we will start by using a low level of nitrous oxide and slowly increase the concentration until, based on how you feel, we can identify your ideal dose. You will be awake during the procedure, feeling more relaxed and less anxious. We will then document your ideal dose in your record for future visits.
We normally use nitrous oxide in addition to other anesthetics, because nitrous oxide cannot block the pain receptors of your nerves. To block the pain receptors, we use a local anesthetic.
You always have the right to refuse local anesthetic. We do have patients who prefer to have treatment performed completely anesthetic-free. We will advise you, however, when we feel local anesthetic may be necessary due to the location and the depth of the decay, but it is always your choice to try having the treatment done first without local anesthetic.