To state the obvious, nobody enjoys pain. Dr. Kernagis knows this, and that is why the comfortable dental team at Kernagis Dental Excellence has made patient comfort our first priority.
In conjunction with creating a soothing environment, we have various medications that can lower and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.
Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in Tampa dentist offices and around the country are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue and numb the surface layers. Topical anesthetics can decrease the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.
Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to specific areas of the mouth. Dentists often numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or performing cosmetic dentistry procedures.
More involved dental procedures may use nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sleep dentistry and oral conscious sedation.
Dentists generally recommend an OTC analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
Because your dentist will possibly administer a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the procedure, make sure you make a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.
I’m Dr. Richard Kernagis and I want patients to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Tampa area and looking for quality dental care, I invite you to contact my office today at 813-321-3261.
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