We thank Hollywood and all dentists over the age of 80 for this question. There is no more major misconception in dental care than the idea that dental care has to hurt.
Dental care doesn’t have to hurt. With advances in anesthetic technique, there is no procedure in our service list that we can’t make comfortable. This also includes the especially dreaded root canals and extractions.
Our doctors will make sure that you are adequately numb and comfortable during any procedure. If you visited a dentist recently and experienced severe pain that you were told was “just part of it,” I’m sorry and that’s unfortunate and unnecessary. The only exception is dental infection. If a tooth is severely infected, there is no way to numb it. This will require antibiotic treatment and/or drainage before treatment.
To make your care pain-free, an injection of anesthetic is necessary. That means using a needle. If you have severe anxiety about needles or the procedure in general, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help you relax. Once we confirm the tooth or gum tissue that needs the treatment is properly numb, the rest of the procedure should be pain-free.
The only way we know if you are in pain is if you tell us. Any time you feel something you don’t believe you should, be sure and let the doctor or hygienist know. They can make you more comfortable.