Pain management

Topical Anesthetics

Prior to administering injections, topical anesthetics are sometimes applied to the gums or other oral tissues to numb the surface and minimize the discomfort associated with needle insertion.

Local Anesthetics

Dentists often administer local anesthesia to numb the specific area being treated, such as the gums or tooth, before performing procedures like fillings, extractions, or root canals. This helps block the transmission of pain signals to the brain, providing temporary relief from discomfort.

Sedation Dentistry

For patients who experience significant anxiety or fear related to dental procedures, sedation dentistry can be an option. Different levels of sedation, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedatives, or intravenous (IV) sedation, can be used to induce relaxation and reduce pain perception during treatment.