To state the obvious, nobody enjoys pain. Dr. Rice knows this, and that is why the dental team at David A. Rice, DDS have made patient comfort our top priority.
In conjunction with creating a calm environment, we have various medications that can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.
Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in dentist offices are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue and numb the surface layers. Topical anesthetics can limit the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.
Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to individual areas of the mouth. Dentists typically numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or doing cosmetic dentistry procedures.
More involved dental procedures may call for nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sleep dentistry and oral conscious sedation.
Dentists generally recommend an OTC analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
Because your dentist will possibly administer a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the procedure, make sure you bring a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.