No, you should never have to feel any pain during your dental visits. We will explain all procedures to you in detail and list your options for pain management.
For most cases, a topical anesthetic (numbing gel) is applied before local anesthetic is gradually injected into the prepared area. Once the local anesthetic is given, your mouth will become numb as the anesthetic blocks nerves which normally transmit pain signals. A combination of Nitrogen and Oxygen can also be used before the anesthetic procedure begins. This is known as “laughing gas.” It helps to lower anxiety and helps you to relax.
Dr. Sneed then gently tests the area before proceeding to ensure tissues are completely numb. In the unlikely event you should feel any discomfort, simply let her know and she’ll administer more local anesthetic.
More complex and involved procedures might require intravenous sedation (IV). This is a method of pain control that combines several medications to lower consciousness.