Dentistry Can Be Pain-Free

Statistics show that approximately 36% people experience mild to moderate dental anxiety, while 12% experience severe dental anxiety. A big reason for the anxiety is fear of discomfort and pain. 

However, modern developments have made dentistry less painful and less traumatic for patients. For example, getting composite fillings can cause less pain than getting metal fillings, and laser dental surgery can reduce blood loss and cause less pain. 

But, you may say, “I don’t want less pain — I want no pain.” The good news is you can get just that. Our experts at The Wilhelm Dental Group in La Plata, Maryland, offer pain-free dentistry. Read on to learn what pain-free dental care entails. 

Pain-free dentistry explained 

When you come to our office, you’re offered the option of a local anesthetic. Our specialists inject the local anesthetic into your gum or cheek, and it takes only a few minutes to numb the area that will be treated. You may feel some tingling in the treated area.

The local anesthetic contains the following:

Although the local anesthesia is delivered via injection, you won’t feel pain when the needle penetrates your gum or cheek, because one of our specialists will rub a numbing gel on the injection site.

The advantages of local anesthesia 

Local anesthetics are a safer option when compared to laughing gas, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. Local anesthetics come with fewer side effects and are less likely to cause allergic reactions, so children can benefit from local anesthesia well. 

In addition, local anesthesia doesn’t interfere with your ability to drive or think following your dental appointment. And the local anesthetic wears off within a few hours after its administration. You may not feel your jaw or parts of your mouth during this time, so it may be a good idea to refrain from eating, as you may bite your lip and tongue without feeling it.

Our staff understands common fears and worries related to dental work, and they’re more than happy to use anesthetics to make your dental visit comfortable and pain-free. If you have dental work that needs to be done but are afraid of pain, you can put your fears behind you and get the treatment you need. 

We offer a number of services, including emergency dentistry, tooth extractions, crowns, bridges, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, veneers, and chronic jaw pain management. To get treatment or an exam, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Wilhelm Dental Group today.

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