Anesthetics used for Sedation in Dentistry
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At Arena Family Dentistry in Worcester we want your dental experiences to be as safe and comfortable as possible. For that reason we have many different types of anesthetics available for our patients. The use of anesthesia is a highly regulated area of dentistry. At our dental office we follow the guidelines published by The American Dental Association as well as the laws for the state of Massachusetts. Our staff is educated and trained on pain control so our patients never have to worry about pain or discomfort during a procedure or office visit.
FOLLOWING ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANESTHETICS USED IN OUR OFFICE;
Nitrous Oxide Gas – This type of anesthesia is mixed with oxygen and breathed in via a mask that is placed over the nose. It's also called ‘laughing gas.' The dentist has the ability to control the amount of sedation received. Nitrous Oxide Gas helps patients relax and it wears off quickly.
Lidocaine – This type of anesthesia works by numbing the area where it is applied. It can be used topically or injected. It contains hydrocortisone that reduces pain and swelling. When mixed with epinephrine or adrenalin, the effects can last for hours.
Carbocaine – (Mepivacaine) This type of anesthesia works by blocking the nerve impulses that send pain signals to a patient's brain. It is considered a local anesthetic and it is used only in the area necessary.
Septocaine – (Articaine) This type of anesthetic works by numbing the teeth and gums. It blocks nerve impulses and allows dental procedures to be performed painlessly.
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Your comfort is our first priority!
Different types and combinations of anesthetics are available to any patient based on their health situation. Each patient is looked at individually to ensure they receive optimal care.