Dental anesthesia certainly has its uses—it helps prevent patients from experiencing discomfort
during their visit and allows dentists to provide necessary treatment.
However, it’s understandable that some patients would want to avoid dental anesthesia. Many
patients would prefer to avoid having an anesthetic injected into their mouth while some
patients are worried about the possibility of a reaction to the anesthesia or being “put under”
for a procedure.
Are there alternatives to dental anesthesia? Thanks to modern medicine, there are ways you
can receive the treatment you need, pain-free!
Dental lasers have traditionally only been used for soft tissue in the oral cavity but can now be
used for harder tissue as well. Dental lasers are quiet, do not require anesthesia, and do not
cause pain, which helps to alleviate the anxiety many patients feel at having to have their
mouth exposed to needles, drills, and other tools.
Lasers also help make dental procedures more effective. Your dentist can work quickly and
efficiently to complete your procedure without worrying about your anesthesia wearing off or
controlling bleeding. Lasers can help to prepare a tooth for a filling, can be used to reshape gum
tissue, and much more.
Dental lasers are rapidly becoming a staple at dental offices in place of traditional anesthesia
and are transforming dentistry as well as patient experience at the dentist office.
Electronic anesthesia, commonly referred to as Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
(TENS), a specific form of electronic anesthesia, helps patients to control their pain at the
TENS consists of pads that are placed on the outside of your mouth as close as possible to the
area that is receiving the dental treatment. These stimulation pads deliver an electrical current
that’s controlled by you—you control the amount of stimulation you receive using a device you
hold in your hand.
The voltage is very low and provides the benefit of avoiding the risk of reaction to anesthesia,
avoiding injections, and also avoiding any side effects—after the pads are removed and the
procedure is complete, you can return home with no lasting effects.
Electronic anesthesia helps stop nerves from signaling to the brain that the body is in pain. This
procedure is helping patients to take control of their pain management in the dentist’s chair
and alleviating the need for traditional anesthesia.
When it comes to receiving anesthesia at the dentist’s office, you aren’t limited to managing
your pain in a specific way. Many dental practices are now offering innovative and advanced
techniques to help you receive the treatment you need with as little discomfort as possible. Ask
your dentist about their experience with lasers or electronic anesthesia to receive the
treatment you need for your smile!