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Brightsmile Avenue is located at Unit 305, McKinley Park Residences, 31st Street corner 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines.

+632 621 2556
+63 915 443 8879     
 

info[at]brightsmileavenue.com 

Clinic Hours

Mondays to Fridays 
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m 
Saturdays 
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
We accommodate special appointments outside working hours and on Sundays. Please inform us 2 days in advance so we can prepare for your visit. 

Pain Management in the Dental Field

October 5, 2015

Mention the word dental surgery and many people would start to get nervous. This kind of anxiety is brought on by fear of pain and the invasiveness of the procedure, among other things. This fear is unwarranted. In our practice, we provide a safe, pain free experience that can even be unbelievably relaxing during any dental treatment. 

Different Types of Medications at the Dentist's Office - taken from WebMD

  • Topical anesthetics. Topical anesthetics, applied with a cotton swab and are routinely used to numb the area in the mouth where the dental work will be done.  Topical anesthesia is given prior to injection with a local anesthetic, such as  Lidocaine 
  • Laser drills. Some dentists are now using lasers to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for placement of the filling. Lasers may cause less pain in some instances and result in a reduced need for anesthesia.
  • Electronically delivered anesthesia (also called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation -- or TENS). This is an alternative to the injection of a local anesthetic. Adhesive pads are placed on the face and a battery-powered device sends electrical impulses to the treatment area to numb it. The patient controls the level of stimulation through a hand-held unit. Another form of electronically delivered anesthesia is called cranial electrotherapy stimulation. Under this technique, electricity is passed into the brain, which causes relaxation. Again, the patient controls the intensity of the current, increasing or decreasing it to control the pain as needed. Advantages of these approaches are that as soon as the device is switched off, the effect is instantly reversed. The patient is able to drive and resume normal activities immediately following the dental visit.
  • Nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas). This gas, which is inhaled by the patient through a rubber face mask, helps people feel relaxed and is one of the most common forms of sedation used in the dental office. Effects wear off quickly after the gas is turned off. This is the only form of sedation under which patients can drive after the procedure and can eat food within a 12-hour period of the procedure. With IV, oral and general anesthesia, the patient cannot drive following the procedure or eat after midnight the night before the procedure.
  • Intravenous sedation. This form of pain and anxiety control involves injecting a sedative into a vein of a patient's arm or hand. This approach is usually reserved for patients undergoing extensive dental procedures or for the extremely anxious patient. Dentists need to monitor the oxygen level of patients receiving IV sedation and may need to give such patients additional oxygen during the procedure. With IV sedation, the patient is awake but very relaxed. If you think you may be interested in IV sedation, ask your dentist if he or she is licensed to administer intravenous sedatives. Oral sedation. An oral medication, such as  Halcion, works on the central nervous system to help patients relax. Oral sedatives are often not prescribed because they take about 30 minutes before their effects are felt and can cause drowsiness that may last for hours. 
  • General anesthesia. With this technique, the patient is "put to sleep" for the duration of the procedure. Patients requiring general anesthesia can be treated in the dentist's office, but more likely are treated in a hospital setting. This is because this type of anesthesia has risks, which include a sudden drop in  blood pressure and irregular heartbeats, so the patient needs to be closely monitored. For these reasons, general anesthesia is typically only used if extensive dental work is needed and when other forms of sedation or pain control are not sufficient to conquer fear. 

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