If you ever feel nervous about dental appointments, especially because you’re afraid of the pain you might feel, our dentist, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins, has some good news for you. Our dental team does absolutely everything we can to make sure you have the best dental appointment possible. One of the ways we do this is by using anesthesia. This can help you avoid pain and nervous feelings.
Fortunately, there are two different types of anesthesia, and the first one is local anesthesia. Local anesthesia has two phases: topical anesthetic and injectable anesthetic. The topical anesthetic is a gel that is applied to the gums with a cotton swab. This numbs and prepares the area for the injectable anesthetic, which is like a small shot. When the injectable anesthetic is used, you will not feel a thing. It will block the nerves that sense pain and will also numb the tissues of the mouth. This anesthesia is best when placing fillings and dental crowns and also when treating gum disease.
The second type is general anesthesia. This anesthesia is used during more complex dental treatments. It provides the loss of feeling and reduces consciousness. It is also used when patients suffer from dental anxiety and do not feel comfortable in the dental chair.
To learn more about anesthesia in Boerne, Texas, and the ways it can help you, please don’t be afraid to contact Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc at 830-443-4352. Our dental team is happy to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your questions. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!