PAIN MANAGEMENT

Pain Management

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Pain can occur in any number of places in your mouth: teeth, gums, roots, the palate, tongue and jaw. While cavities are the most common culprit of tooth pain, clenching and grinding cause jaw pain and other aches and pains can affect your mouth or vice versa. 

Managing Pain

There are many methods for relieving oral pain.  They include:
  • Ice packs on the affected area. 
  • Avoiding hard candy or ice. 
  • Avoiding sleeping on your stomach.  
Dentists use a wide array of pain management tools, including:
  • Anesthetics such as Novocain. 
  • Analgesics such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • Sedatives, including a procedure known as "conscious sedation" or general sedation (also known as "deep sedation"). 

Anesthesia

Dentistry has advanced to the point in which pain is almost a thing of the past. Sedative dentistry not only helps ease patients’ nerves, but also helps them to deal with some of the uncomfortableness of certain procedures.

Analgesics may be suggested to help with mild discomfort, anesthetics can be topical or injected (Novocain, lidocaine), and sedatives like nitrous oxide or IV sedation are also options.

Air Abrasion

A relatively new technique called air abrasion uses powerful particles of aluminum oxide to remove debris and decay. The most exciting thing for patients is that air abrasion is painless and, in some cases, doesn't require an anesthetic. 

Tiny cracks and imperfections on a tooth can be fixed using air abrasion. Although air abrasion is not suitable for work on crowns and bridges, it is often used for bonding procedures, and on tooth restorations involving composite, or tooth-colored fillings.

Medications

For some dental procedures, our office may prescribe medications for before or after. These medications are used to prevent or fight an infection, or to relieve any post-operative discomfort and pain.

It is extremely important that you share your entire medical history with our office. Some medications could interact with other medications, so we need the whole picture to safely and accurately treat you.  
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