To Numb or Not to Numb

By January 9, 2017Dental Health
To Numb or Not to Numb

To Numb or Not to Numb

To numb or not to numb, is that really a question? Have you been asked if you want to be numb for your dental procedure? It’s definitely an option for patients. Most don’t know it, but some dentists advise against numbing for certain procedures. Typically it’s because the cavity is so small that it isn’t necessary to be numb for four hours when you may feel a little discomfort, but after the procedure is done, you’re fine. Some patients don’t like to be numb for any procedure and choose to have nitrous instead or sometimes, nothing. It’s clear they are uncomfortable during the procedure, but they tolerate it. To them, the pain of the procedure isn’t as bad as the injection.

Being numb can be a long process and many patients just don’t like it. It’s annoying, you talk funny, and you can’t eat or drink anything. Especially be numb along your lower jaw. Typically when you have an injection on your lower jaw, half of your tongue goes numb. Then you tend to bite your tongue or your cheek. Having an injection along the top isn’t as bad and only numbs one tooth versus one whole side of your face.

Obviously anesthetic has it’s uses and it’s there for a reason. Many complaints from patients is that they weren’t numb enough and they felt the procedure being performed by the dentist but they didn’t want to have another shot so they tolerated it. But then, those are the same patients that hate the dentist because they remember the pain any time they come back to the dentist. Heritage Dental Associates will go over all your options if you’re faced with having a dental procedure done. You won’t have to worry about being in pain, they’ll make sure you’re comfortable from the beginning to the end of your procedure.

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