Painless dentistry is possible, using effective pain relief methods and medications
Painless Dentistry? Come on! – wave the majority while hearing stories from someone else, or memories of dental treatment with inadequate care, come to life. Let us emphasize that, although dental treatments are not one of the most pleasant events in our lives, they do not go hand-in-hand with strong pain. Dental treatments “paired” usually do not have a realistic basis, but they only exist in our imagination. Today’s medications and methods of pain relief eliminate pain. -said Dr. Nora Fazekas, iliDent ‘s senior implantologist.
No one says that dental treatment is a form of pleasure, but it is a fact that sooner or later everyone needs it during his or her life. It is better to accept the above fact, because indefinite procrastination does not solve anything, or even worsens our situation. So, positive thinking and attitude are important, we have to believe that there is painless dentistry or dental treatment. Information can help a lot and we want to help with this in this writing.
The secret is the anesthesia, effective pain relief. The writer of this article, based on his own experience, claims that the most unpleasant moment of dental treatments is the needle piercing with the analgesic injection. It is unpleasant, but it only lasts for a few seconds and the injected and professionally administered injection can reduce this kind of bad feeling. Some have tolerance and threshold of pain so low that they cannot tolerate this level of pain and choose anesthesia, which, like all medical anesthesia, has some risk.
After continuing to claim that anesthesia is a prerequisite for pain-free dentistry, let’s talk about some of the most common pain relief methods in more detail. First, we need to distinguish between local and general anesthesia. The first one was named after, local anesthesia in a specific area of the human body. In the case of local anesthesia, the patient is in a state of consciousness throughout the course of treatment or intervention. In general anesthesia, the patient is not self-conscious during the procedure, so does not feel pain. This type of pain relief can only be used under the supervision of an anesthetist specialist.
It is important to note that no dental intervention requires general (anesthetic) analgesia! Local anesthesia is perfect, even when implanting or removing wisdom teeth. As a result, this writing is mainly about local anesthesia, but let’s say a few words about treatments under anesthesia.
As mentioned earlier, dental interventions do not require general anesthesia and are not widespread in dentistry. On the one hand, it is quite costly: it can cost close to the price of the treatment since it requires special equipment and an anesthetist specialist, all of these in the dental office.
If the patient still insists on it, this kind of analgesia is also possible. Patients are most likely to request general anesthesia for oral surgery like implantation, root tip removal, or other kinds of complicated dental surgery.
In the fight against pain, the most important weapon of painless dentistry is the local anesthesia performed by the dentist, as an analgesic injection. All this is done with modern and secure methods and tools. The first step is to numb the puncture site so that the puncture itself does not cause pain, and then, with a thin needle, the amount of analgesic that is desired. The anesthetic starts to act almost immediately and numbs the area to be treated within a few minutes.
The following are possible side effects of dental pain relief. It is good news that there are hardly any side effects during local anesthesia. Most often, numbness occurs in a larger area than the part being treated, but there is nothing abnormal in this.
Difficulty blinking – It may be difficult or impossible for the patient to blink with one or both eyes. This condition can last from a few minutes to the end of numbness. In this case, ensure that the eyeball does not dry out, so it may be necessary to keep the eyelid closed, for example by gluing.
Eyelid tremors – During anesthesia, uncontrollable eyelid shaking or certain areas of the skin of the face may become uncontrolled. You don’t have to worry about it either, because, after the pain-relieving effect, these symptoms are gone.
In addition to the above, it is worth mentioning some additional, very rare, possible side effects. For example, anesthesia-induced heartbeat acceleration, where the anesthetic agent may increase heart rate for a few minutes. If you experience this, you should tell your doctor.
The analgesic injection needle may find a blood vessel, resulting in a hematoma at the site of the puncture. For this reason, there is no need to worry, because the resulting hemorrhage is naturally absorbed within a few days.
Without healthy teeth, we can’t talk about general health! This is why it is important that you visit your dentist at least every six months to prevent the need for more serious intervention later. Do not allow a mistaken feeling of pain to delay the regular check of your teeth.
It is clear from the article that painless dentistry is not a sedative slogan for a patient, but a reality under appropriate conditions and conditions. We can say that dental treatments are completely painless when using the right local anesthesia and analgesia techniques.
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