There are various types of anaesthesia and sedation.
Local Anaesthetic can be applied directly to gum tissue in the form of a paste or injected into a specific area in the mouth during treatment. The anaesthetic works by blocking the nerves that cause pain and temporary numbness is caused. This kind of anaesthetic is used when cavities are being filled; crowns and bridgework are being prepared, gum disease is being treated or teeth are being extracted.

General Anaesthetic is used for certain procedures and is recommended for children or patients who have severe anxiety or difficulty with movement control. This type of anaesthetic is now administered at specialist centres or hospitals.
Analgesics are most commonly used for pain relief such as toothache or discomfort following dental treatment.
Sedation can be used which help anxious and nervous patients to relax and can be used alongside local anaesthetic.

What will my dentist do?

Your dentist will discuss the best kind of sedation or anaesthetic for you.
He will recommend various options depending on the kind of treatment you are having.

The benefits of sedation

  1. Pain relief
  2. Alleviate anxiety and nervousness
  3. Makes having dental treatment much more comfortable
  4. The dentist is able to carry out the treatment without causing patient discomfort.