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Dental Anesthesia

Lynnwood dentist Dr. Brent Robinson knows that a pleasant dental experience is the cornerstone of building a trust-based relationship with patients. At Robinson Dental, we ensure your comfort with the use of local anesthesia and a thoughtful, unique approach to its administration that will optimize your experience with us while allowing you to relax.

What Is Local Anesthesia?

Local dental anesthesia is a medication that numbs a section of your mouth for a limited amount of time, eliminating the pain or discomfort associated with dental treatments. It does not affect your cognitive abilities, so you stay awake and alert through your treatment. Dental anesthesia is often used for treatments like fillings and crowns. Before administering local anesthesia, Dr. Brent Robinson will assess and review your overall health and medical history, as well as your anxiety level. There are two types of dental anesthetics:

  • Topical anesthetics: We use high-strength topical gel to numb the gums before an injection, eliminating that initial pinch from the needle. This helps alleviate the nervousness you may feel from the sight of a syringe.
  • Local anesthesia: We inject into the area of the mouth that is being treated a powerful medication that blocks the nerves that sense and transmit pain. This allows you to remain comfortable while we administer the necessary treatments.
  • Moderate Conscious Sedation: This is a deeper level of sedation that may cause you to slur your words and have delayed reaction times. You may not remember your treatment clearly.

Administering Local Anesthesia

Prior to receiving an injection of dental anesthesia, Lynnwood dentist Dr. Brent Robinson will use cotton to gently dry the area and apply a high-strength numbing gel. Once the surface area is numb, the local anesthetic is slowly and gently injected. We take several measures to minimize any discomfort experienced upon injection.
 

Aftercare

The effects of local anesthetic can last a couple of hours after your treatment. Your mouth will feel swollen (even if it’s not) and you may experience difficulty speaking. To avoid accidentally hurting yourself, Dr. Brent Robinson recommends waiting until full feeling returns before chewing or eating.

FAQ

Is local anesthesia recommended during wisdom teeth removal?
At Robinson Dental, you will receive local anesthesia before the removal of a wisdom tooth. Sometimes Dr. Brent Robinson will use general anesthesia (a type of sedation dentistry), especially if you are having more than one tooth removed. General anesthesia is used to prevent pain throughout your body and often causes you to sleep.
Is local anesthesia the same as sedation dentistry?
Local dental anesthesia affects a small part of the body, such as a tooth or area of gum. It does not affect the patient’s cognitive abilities, and they stay awake and alert throughout treatment. Sedation dentistry is the administration of medication that relieves a patient’s anxiety and allows them to reach a deep level of relaxation, even drifting off to sleep during treatment.
Is local anesthesia safe?
Local anesthesia is very safe and commonly used on patients of all ages. Though few, there are side effects, and they include: hematoma, numbness outside of the targeted area, racing heart.

Call 425.778.1164 to schedule a consultation with our Lynnwood dentist Dr. Brent Robinson today, and learn how our pain-elimination options can provide you with a comfortable and pain-free dental experience.

COVID-19 UPDATE

On March 19, Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions on non-urgent medical and dental procedures so we can do our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and free up our protective equipment. The order applies to any non-urgent procedure that requires medical and dental. From now until May 18, 2020, all dental offices in Washington State must limit care to emergency treatment, including our practice. 


Please note that effective March 23rd, all elective dental appointments, including cleanings, between now and May 18th will need to be rescheduled. Please wait for our team to reach out to reschedule your appointment. Emergency care is any condition that, if delayed, is anticipated to cause harm to the patient within the next three months. Our goal is to see the fewest patients, keep you safe, pain-free, and healthy. If you are unsure if you have a true emergency please call Kelsey or Tamara at 425-778-1164 for help.


Thanks,

Brent Robinson and the Robinson Dental Team.