A pain-free dentist is someone who prioritizes patient comfort and pain relief during a wide variety of dental procedures so patients aren’t discouraged from seeking necessary dental treatment.
Pain-free dentistry can encompass many different things, from local anesthesia to deep sedation. It can also be used in invasive oral surgical procedures or routine dental cleaning.
When combined with other office amenities such as TVs that are used to provide a distraction during the appointment, patients are less likely to avoid the dentist. Read on in this blog from Corona Smile Shoppe to learn about all the pain-free dental techniques that can be used.
What Techniques Do Pain-Free Dentists Use?
The first approach to a pain-free dentist is relieving the sensation of pain. During any procedure that leaves the potential for discomfort, we can use numbing agents to ensure that the treatment is painless.
Topical numbing creams are applied to the inside of the mouth before injecting a local anesthetic. The numbing cream prevents pain from the needle and the injection completely numbs your mouth for several hours. Pain-free dentists also believe in using a minimally invasive approach to dentistry.
This can mean opting for advanced technology such as soft tissue lasers instead of traditional surgical tools to remove tooth decay, perform frenectomies, treat gum disease, or improve the cosmetic appearance of the teeth. Soft tissue lasers are painless, reduce bleeding and inflammation, don’t require anesthetic, and speed up recovery.
Dental sedation is a popular aspect of pain-free dentistry. There are four different types of sedation that dentists usually offer and those are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.
These sedatives range from mild to deep sedation, with deep sedation placing you into a state of unconsciousness. Sedation is used to relieve dental anxiety, reduce stress, and eliminate pain sensation.
Benefits of Pain-Free Dentistry
The most obvious advantage of pain-free dentistry is that it reduces discomfort and pain. Procedures such as root canals, tooth extractions, and dental implants can be performed with ease thanks to modern advances in dental technology and pain relief.
Another advantage is that patients are less likely to delay treatment when they are experiencing an oral health problem. In the past, a dental problem could mean they need to sit for an incredibly painful dental procedure without any anesthetic or sedation.
That’s enough to discourage anyone from going to the dentist. Thankfully that’s not the case anymore. You never need to be in pain or discomfort at the dentist thanks to advances in pain-free dental techniques.
When sedation is used, it not only relieves pain and anxiety, but also suppresses a strong gag reflex, reduces restlessness, and enables patients to sit for longer procedures and hold their mouths wide without feeling discomfort.
Pain-Free Dentistry At Corona Smile Shoppe
Interested in pain-free dentistry? At Corona Smile Shoppe, we offer topical numbing gel and local anesthetic to deliver high-quality dental treatment that is painless. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Juan Martinez.