Some dental procedures can be painful. Luckily, advances in medical technology have all but eliminated pain from most dental procedures. Anesthetics, analgesics, and sedation have all gained even more widespread use in the dental profession over the last decade. So how do these products work to kill the pain?
Analgesics are most commonly used to treat pain after a dental procedure, particularly tooth pain. Analgesics may be non-narcotic or narcotic in nature; aspirin and ibuprofen are examples of non-narcotics, and drugs containing codeine are examples of narcotics.
- Local Anesthetics
Local anesthetics are useful for preventing surface pain during procedures. Novacain is the best known local anesthetic for dental procedures, although there are many more and may be topical or injectable. They are generally used during procedures such as fillings, crowns, and treating gum disease.
- General Anesthetics
General anesthetics are used for sedation dentistry, often by cosmetic dentists. Sedation dentistry allows cosmetic dentists to correct in one sitting many problems that would often take multiple visits to correct. A more recent advance in sedation dentistry is conscious sedation, where cosmetic dentists can achieve a relaxed state for the patient, free of pain but still able to respond to questions.
Analgesics, sedation, and anesthetics are valuable tools in the cosmetic dentist’s arsenal. Just because dental procedures have always been painful in the past doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. For more information about cosmetic dentistry, give us a call at (212) 661-9777. Dr. Kenn Kakosian is one of the leading cosmetic dentists in NYC. We specialize in Invisalign, Lumineers, Zoom whitening, and dental surgery. Whether you need dental surgery or just a check-up, we are committed to providing the highest quality service possible.