New advances in dental medications have virtually eliminated
the discomfort of dental procedures. There are several elements
to creating a comfortable experience for your dental appointment:
Comfort and Relaxation
The first step is to make you relaxed and comfortable. From
the comfortable environment in our reception area to the soothing
environment we have created around the dental chairs, no detail
is too small when your comfort is concerned. Our caring, professional
staff are committed to creating a stress-free environment
for your comfort.
Some patients need a little help achieving a
relaxed state. Nitrous Oxide ("laughing gas")
is available when needed to make you more comfortable.
Other patients have a high level of anxiety and
choose Conscious Sedation.
A topical anesthetic can be used any time the surface
of the gum needs to be "numbed", such as easing
the discomfort of a painful mouth sore or preparing
a site for an injectable local anesthetic.
Modern fast-acting local anesthetics, in conjunction
with effective topical anesthesia, have virtually eliminated
the discomfort of "getting numb". Local anesthetics
are available in several strengths so you don't have
to experience the "fat lip" sensation for
hours after leaving the dental office.
Generally, if there is any discomfort at all after
a dental procedure, over-the-counter analgesics such
as aspirin or non-asprin pain relievers are all that
is needed. In exceptional circumstances a prescription
pain reliever will be used.
If you have any questions or concerns about anesthesia, Dr. Stoffregen will be happy to discuss them with you. We want you to be
as comfortable as possible.