Question: Can Sedation Dentistry eliminate the need for needles?
Answer: No, local anesthesia is still necessary to provide pain control. Sedation dentistry helps promote anxiolysis, the reduction of anxiety before a dental procedure. While it helps with anxiety, it does not prevent pain, only the anticipation of pain. Interestingly, sedation dentistry has been shown to decrease the typical amount of local anesthesia needed to provide pain control. There are many patients who pursue sedation dentistry because they have difficulty getting numb or simply do not like discomfort of the injections. Talk to your dentist about how sedation dentistry can help decrease the fear of injections while providing superior pain control.
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