Local anaesthesia, or as commonly called ‘freezing’, is the most important aspect of painless dentistry. The drugs work at the site where pain signals originate and prevent them from reaching the body’s nervous system.
Local anaesthesia is different from sedation (commonly known as or ‘being knocked out’ or ‘going under’). Sedation primarily works to reduce the brain’s experience of pain, while local anaesthetics prevent the pain from ever reaching the brain. Sedation and local anaesthesia serve two different and complementary functions in making the dental experience comfortable. However, for most dental treatments, local anaesthesia alone is sufficient for providing a comfortable and pain-free experience.
Local anaesthetic drugs have a variety of properties that make each suitable for a different situation. At Soleil Dental Centre, we offer the following classes of local anaesthetics:
In the early to mid-1900s, dentists used to charge an additional fee for local anaesthetics; but nowadays, they are commonly included in dental treatments at no extra charge. This is irrespective of how much, and which type of, a local anaesthetic is required to ensure a pain-free experience for patients.