Dental phobia or Fear of Pain is the chief reason people avoiding seeing the dentists. The good side is that there is a wide array of medications and techniques – used alone or in a combination – that can reduce or eliminate pain and control anxiety during dental procedures. The use of anesthesia service in dentistry for phobic patients is very common. Here is how dental anesthesia helps controlling dental anxiety.
Topical anesthetics are usually applied with a swab. These types of anesthetics are routinely used to numb the area in the mouth or gums where the dental surgery will be performed. Topical anesthetic is usually applied prior to injection with a local anesthetic.
This is a great technique in which the patient is put to sleep for the duration of the dental procedure. Although patients requiring general anesthesia can be treated in dentist’s office, they are more likely treated in a hospital setting. This is because this type of anesthesia may include several medical procedures, so the patients need to be closely monitored by an expert anesthesiologist. General anesthesia can also be used if extensive dental surgery is needed and when other types of sedation or pain control are not suitable to reduce dental fear.
General anesthesia is usually applied with an injection. General anesthesia is useful for short or longer potentially traumatic dental procedures, such as the removal of wisdom teeth that are completely covered in bone, or certain other types of oral surgery.