Topical anesthetics, or numbing gel, is applied to the gums to reduce pain prior to injecting local anesthetics. For more extensive procedures, local anesthetics like Lidocaine, Prilocaine, Mepivacaine, Marcaine and Articaine are injected into the gums to block nerve impulses, leading to a numbing action associated with the tooth being repaired or extracted.
We understand that dentistry can be scary! For our patients who are more nervous and experience severe anxiety during dental procedures, we can utilize oral sedation such as Valium and Ativan to make the dental experience more tranquil.
Additionally, nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” is also available for those patients who are a little on edge about being at the dentist and simply want to enjoy a light sleep through an entire dental procedure. Nitrous oxide is a safe, effective gas that has light anesthetic and anxiolytic (anxiety-relieving) properties that only affect our patients while they are comfortably seated in the dental chair. The effects of nitrous oxide are very short and are eliminated from the body minutes after cessation, so our patients are safe to leave the office to continue on with their busy day!