Nobody enjoys pain. Your dentist knows this, and that is why the compassionate dental team at Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS have made patient comfort a top priority. In conjunction with creating a relaxing environment, your dentist has various medications to reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.
Some of the most common pain-relieving medications are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue and numb the surface layers. Topical anesthetics can reduce the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.
Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to specific areas of the mouth. We ordinarily numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or performing cosmetic dentistry procedures.
More involved dental procedures may necessitate nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sleep dentistry and oral conscious sedation.
Dentists often recommend an OTC analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
Because your dentist will most likely use a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the treatment, make sure you jot down a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.
I’m Dr. Michael Bjornbak and I want our patients to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Sherman Oaks area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact my office today at 818-465-9704. Our compassionate staff will happily communicate with you about dental implants, porcelain veneers, dentures, and the other services we offer.
Contact Sherman Oaks Dental – Michael Bjornbak, DDS: 818-465-9704
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