Your dentist has told you that your child needs a local anesthetic at their next visit. You may be worried and have questions. We will discuss many of the common questions in this blog post:
What is local anaesthetic?
How local anaesthetic works?
Why is local anaesthetic (LA) used in dentistry?
Although shallow fillings can often be completed without LA, it is required for deeper cavities, treatment involving the nerve of the tooth and tooth extractions, among other procedures. Local anaesthetic makes painless procedures possible and therefore makes treatment easier and more comfortable.
What is the difference between local and general anaesthetia or sedation?
In conscious sedation, a sedative is given either by mouth (tablet or liquid), injection, or inhalation (gas and air). The patient remains awake and responsive but is more relaxed and less anxious. Local anaesthetic is often used in addition to sedation or GA.
Local anaesthetic does not affect consciousness. Only the specific area of the body being numbed is affected.
Is Local Anaestheic safe?
From what age can children be given LA?
What if I or my child are worried about the injection?
How can the dentist make it easier for my child?
How long does the numb feeling last for?
What precautions should I take after my child has had local anaesthetic?
If you have any other questions you can either talk to your dentist or leave a comment below.