Part of the reason why so many people avoid going to the dentist is because they are just plain scared. Some of this may be due to the fear of the unknown. Maybe you haven’t had that certain dental procedure before, or maybe the treatment you need has been portrayed negatively in the past. When it comes down to it, avoiding the dentist only paves the way for more pain and costly treatments in the future. In this blog, we will break down the different types of anesthesia we use at Ashley Dental so you can feel confident and comfortable in our office.
Pre-Operation: Anesthesia is commonly used for fillings, root canals, tooth extraction, and other oral surgery procedures. No matter the dental issue, our team will be sure to discuss all corrective options with you. It is very important to us that you are made aware of everything going on with your teeth. We feel that the more you understand, the more comfortable you will feel.
Topical Anesthesia: Topical Anesthesia is applied directly to a specific area of soft tissue to numb it. This type of anesthesia is likely applied to your cheek or gums before a filling. Once it’s applied, you’ll have a chance to sit back and relax while the numbing kicks it. The numbness typically wears off in a couple hours, which gives us more than enough time to do what we need to do. The use of topical anesthesia makes the next type of anesthesia a breeze!
Local Anesthesia: This type of anesthetic is injected directly in the area that needs to be worked on. Following the application of a topical anesthetic makes it so the prick of the needle is completely painless. If anything, it’s possible you may feel slight pressure at the point of insertion, but none of the pain typically associated with injections.
A local anesthetic works by temporarily deactivating the nerve in a specific part of the mouth. This means that one of our dentists can perform a variety of dental procedures without you feeling a thing!
General Anesthesia: General Anesthesia is a combination of medications that put you in a sleep-like state before a surgery or procedure. During this type of anesthetic, you don’t feel any pain because you’re completely unconscious. For you, it just feels like being asleep, but under general anesthesia your brain doesn’t respond to any pain signals.
Overall, general anesthesia is very safe. Even those with health conditions are able to undergo general anesthesia without any serious problems. All of our various types of anesthesias are always administered with the utmost skill and care.
Post-Operation: After any procedure where general anesthesia is used, you will need to organize someone to drive you home. Our staff will be sure to give you specific instructions that are specialized to your needs. For any operation that requires topical or local anesthesia, you’re perfectly fine to drive home on your own.
Still a little uneasy? That’s ok! You can always reach out to the Ashley Dental staff with any concerns and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process. Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority.