Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable
- Posted on: Sep 30 2017
To state the obvious, nobody enjoys pain. Doctor Flax knows this, and that is why the warm dental team at Flax Dental have made patient comfort our top priority.
In conjunction with creating a calm environment, we have various medications that can decrease and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.
Some of the most common pain-relieving medications are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue and numb the surface layers. Topical anesthetics can decrease the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.
Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to individual areas of the mouth. Dentists typically numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or performing cosmetic dentistry procedures.
More involved dental procedures may necessitate nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sleep dentistry and oral conscious sedation.
Dentists usually recommend an OTC analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
Because your dentist will most likely administer a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the procedure, make sure you bring a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.
I’m Dr. Hugh Flax and I want patients to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Atlanta area and looking for quality dental care, I invite you to contact my office today at 404-255-9080.