Pain free dentistry is the goal of our clinic here at Hills Dental Care. It is one of the main impediments to some patients in need of dental care, and in order see the lovely faces of our clients again and again, we do our best to ensure that this is what is on offer here.
The area of dental anaesthesia has made great strides in recent years. Our methods now are more targeted, leveraging our knowledge of the nerve systems of the body, and are not nearly as dangerous or ‘dopey’. Here, we’d like to lay out one of our most common and reliable methods of providing pain-free dentistry.
Lidocaine, mixed with epinephrine, is among the most commonly-employed anaesthetics in dentistry. Applied to the relevant nerve trees with a narrow-gauge hypodermic, Lidocaine is so important that it has been recognised by the WHO as one of the world’s most essential medicines.
Lidocaine is so important because it plays a cross-functional role in providing pain-free dentistry. It goes to work within minutes, and aided by epinephrine, lasts for up to three hours – all without impacting upon other areas of the body. It can last this long because epinephrine, a vasoconstrictor, is able to keep the Lidocaine localised for longer. Epinephrine also helps to restrict any bleeding in the affected area.
For larger procedures, we rely on more general anaesthetics, which provide a holistic, body-wide effect. One example is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. But for the majority of our procedures, Lidocaine deserves accolades.