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Space Age Dental Medications and Tools to Help Patients Control Pain


There are some things in life that you just can’t argue. For instance: the sky is blue, water is wet, and going to the dentist means pain. Well, while the first two would be hard to dispute, it turns out that the third is becoming less true all the time – though you’d sure have a hard time convincing most people of that fact. It seems that no matter what advances there are in the world of dentistry, the notion that dental care necessitates pain is proving a difficult one to dispel. Turns out, though, that there have been several new advances in the worlds of dentistry and periodontics that, along with some old standbys, have made it possible for dental patients to get the care they need without feeling any pain.

Novocain is a tried and true, and certainly the most common, method of numbing pain receptors in the mouth and gums before and during oral procedures. The problem has always been that patients fear the pain of the injection almost as much as the pain they would feel without it. This has inspired the world of dentistry to come up with ways to numb the patient’s gums before the injection, so the prick of the needle is not felt at all. This is accomplished by a few different methods, but most often by the topical application of milder numbing agents at the point of injection.

There are also some new, even space-age methods for helping to make sure a trip to the dentist is pain-free. One of them is air cleaning, which, instead of regular dental scraping tools, uses high-pressure air to remove plaque and buildup from teeth. Though it is faster and pain-free for most, patients with very sensitive teeth or receding gums are not good candidates for this treatment. One incredible new method involves the use of electrical impulses to control pain, either to the treatment area or to the brain to induce a sense of relaxation.

More than just pain, dentists are now treating anxiety during appointments with sedatives either given orally or intravenously. While these do wonders for some patients, it can leave them groggy, something that the age-old treatment of nitrous oxide does not do.

Of course, many patients are advised to treat pain after procedures with over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen. These can also help patients alleviate pain before their visit to the dentist.

In Illinois those seeking a Tinley Park dentist Stephen Daniels recommends Orland Park Sedation Dentistry. Specializing in cosmetic, general and sedation dentistry, their friendly knowledgeable staff will work with you to improve and maintain your dental health and enhance your smile.