August 02, 2013
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Schenectady dentist dental anesthesia soothing treatmentWe all approach our dental treatment with varying levels of anxiety. But that anxiety doesn’t need to be a constant presence during your time in the dental chair. With the different forms of dental anesthesia available to our patients, dental procedures need not make you uncomfortable. Our Schenectady dentist will work with you to determine the appropriate type of anesthesia for your treatment and comfort level. This week’s blog post prepares you for an informed discussion of dental anesthesia pre-treatment by discussing some of the forms of sedation available, and how they will ease stress and discomfort. Read on to learn more about pain relief during and after dental treatment.

Your Dental Anesthesia with our Schenectady Dentist

The different types of pain-killing medication recommended during dental treatment can be divided into three categories:

  • Analgesics – These are non-narcotic pain relievers like aspirin or acetaminophen. They are available over-the-counter and can be taken before or after a dental appointment to relieve mild to moderate pain.
  • Anesthetics – Anesthetics are administered during a dental appointment to block nerve signals and numb areas of the mouth to pain. They may be injected, swallowed, or applied topically. Dental anesthetic is used during any procedure in which your teeth or gums will be affected to prevent pain. Injected anesthetic is the most common type of painkiller used during treatment.
  • Sedation – Sedation does not actually prevent pain, but it relaxes you so that you do not feel anxiety or pay attention to discomfort. A common form of dental sedation is nitrous oxide, which is inhaled during treatment.

It’s important to talk to your dentist about anesthesia prior to the procedure. Write down any questions you have; here are some recommended questions for parents looking to prepare themselves and their children for dental treatment.

Anesthesia After Your Appointment

No matter your procedure, you will likely require some healing and downtime after treatment. We will give you instructions as to the best way to spend this period in comfort. We may recommend hot or cold compresses, suggest over the counter painkillers, or prescribe several days of painkillers following a root canal or dental implant placement.

Don’t spend another dental appointment in fear! Give us a call or an email to discuss anesthesia before your next procedure.


Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305




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