John Joseph, DMD, talks about how dentistry can be pain free. He describes how numbing agents, anesthesia, and even IV sedation can be used.
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It can be you know that a lot of times now, we give some medications to kind of calm people’s fears. The shots or the anesthesia we use now is a lot easier and we can pretty much make dentistry pain-free. The anesthesia’s we have now give a very profound block that you just don’t feel the sensation you used to do a long time ago. The needles are just powerful so they are very, very sharp and so you don’t feel that part of it. We used numbing agents primarily before we do the anesthesia so there’s so many things. Now, there’s the people who are extremely frightened of their dentist that do IV sedation, that actually sedate patients during the procedure. There is available—everything is available now to alleviate all these fears for the patient. Unfortunately when you wait, the problems are greater. And unfortunately, you go to the pain and discomfort before you see the dentist. So, the best thing to do is do it early, prevent it, come in a preventative care, and we can prevent so many of these problems before and if there’s a problem that’s a very small problem, it’s not a large problem.