Advancements in dentistry tailored to patient comfort have made pain nearly a thing of the past. Powerful pain-killing medications known as anesthetics help a patient avoid discomfort both during a procedure and post-operatively.

Some patients, especially children, may require higher doses of anesthetic than others.

Types of pain-killing medications include:

  • Analgesics - These are also called pain relievers and include common non-narcotic medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Analgesics are usually used for mild cases of discomfort, and are typically prescribed following such procedures as a root canal or tooth extraction.
  • Anesthetics - Anesthetics can either be topically applied, injected or swallowed. Dentists often apply topical anesthetics with a cotton swab to an area of the mouth where a procedure such as a restoration will be performed. This numbs the affected area. Topical anesthetics are used in many dental procedures such as tooth restoration. Topical anesthetics also are used to prepare an area for injection of an anesthetic. Novocaine and Lidocaine are the most common kind of injectable anesthetics. Such medications block the nerves from transmitting signals and are used for more major types of procedures, such as fillings and root canals.
  • Sedatives - Sedatives are medications designed to help a patient relax. This can be a powerful tool in avoiding pain. Sedatives are sometimes used in combination with other types of pain relievers and pain-killers. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a form of sedative. Conscious sedation involves administering a sedative while the patient is alert and awake. Deep sedation or general anesthesia involves administering a medication that places a patient in a state of monitored and controlled unconsciousness.

Types of sedatives offered at Dr. Scotto's office include:

  • Inhalation sedation - a form of sedation in which nitrous oxide is administered through a special mask. This will induce feelings of relaxation and happiness, and will relieve any stress you may feel regarding your dental treatment.
  • Oral conscious sedation - a prescription, anti-anxiety medication. You will be prescribed this medication before the day of your appointment, and will be instructed to take it a certain amount of time before your appointment (so that it takes effect by the time you are in the dental chair).

Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
518-374-9770

  


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