Local Anesthesia: Three Injectables

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Starting in the mid-1800s, modern advances in the field of dental anesthetics have been yielding wonderful results in the pursuit of comfort management. Now, more than ever before, you can feel confident in seeing the dentist, trusting that he is able to help your discomfort level as well as your actual dental issue.

The anesthetic used as a direct injectable is called a “local”. It is given as a shot into the soft-tissue surrounding area at the point of operation. Today, the needle is so thin that the patient doesn’t feel it going in, but may feel a slight pinching sensation as the anesthetic enters the tissue. Immediately, the area will numb and the dentist can begin [his/her] work. You may also be given laughing gas in combination to deepen the numb feeling, depending on the procedure and after an assessment by your dentist.

The first type of local anesthetic developed, and still in use today, is called Novocaine. It was the most commonly used injectable until adverse allergic reactions were discovered in some patients. If this is a factor, Articaine has been used as an alternative for allergy-prone patients.

Articaine is a safe and dependable local anesthetic that has been found to be an effective injectable but it is by no means the most popular. That title belongs to Lidocaine (also called Xylocaine or Lignocaine). Lidocaine is considered the injectable of choice for most dentists due to its wide use and the fact that it has very few adverse reactions compared to Articaine and Novocaine.

If you’d like more information on dental anesthesia, feel free to call Dr. Bryce Bray and our team at Bray Dental. You can make an appointment at: 218-681-3233, or come by our office in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.