College Park Dental
7305 Baltimore Ave, Suite 204, College Park, MD 20740

Anesthesia During Dental Procedures

Visiting the dentist’s office can be stressful for any patients – especially those that find themselves in need of oral surgery. Other than routine cleanings and x-rays, almost every dental procedure is aided by the use of dental anesthesia. Luckily, this means that pain at the dentist is mostly a thing of the past.

Anesthesia can be as extensive or as mild as necessary to accommodate the needs of the patient. The most common methods of anesthesia used in our office 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. Carbocaine 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.
Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
Patient with my never-ending questions. Kept me comfortable during a gum surgery. Gave me options as to how to proceed.
Brigid S.
Excellent customer service and professionalism. Worked with me when I was in awful pain to try and find a solution. They were patient and you could […]
Christopher S.
Great service, quick and 'easy' fix for my urgent need.
Anonymous
Most friendly staff, and felt comfortable from the moment I arrived until the procedure was over. They got me in the same day I called. Very […]
Jesse M.
The procedure went very smoothly with no pain at all!
Maxine H.
Quick, painless and courteous professional service. The ladies are fantastic.
Robert M.
This office works well as a team. The receptionists, office staff, and dental team are great.
Joseph D.
I have only had my initial visit, but if the rest of my visits are anything like the first one, this will be the first dentist office I have truly […]
Connie B.
The office is very clean, everyone was friendly and very helpful from check in to check out. Dental procedures are sometimes frightening and the […]
Ashley W.
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