The more comfortable the patient is the easier things will be for him and the dentist. The modern technology in the field of dentistry has helped to make this goal easier to achieve.
A short-term pain medication such as novocaine is used to numb the area around a tooth that is being prepared for a filling or any kind of restoration procedure.
Sedation medication is used for more extensive procedures that will take more time to complete. It can be ideal for patients who suffer from high anxiety or a physical disability.
Conscious sedation will totally relax a patient but he or she will still be alert enough to communicate while a general anesthesia will bring on a total sleep state.
A pain medication may be indicated for any type of dental procedure that may touch the nerve of a tooth. Some patients are more sensitive to pain than others. People with anxiety issues may be more comfortable after being given something to relax them.
Your dentist will need to know about any medications you are taking, your alcohol consumption habits and any neurological trauma you may have experienced in order to know what kind of pain medication will be appropriate.
Local anesthetics will be injected and allowed to take full effect before your procedure begins. The numbness will wear off soon after.
If you are scheduled for sedation medication bring someone with you to your appointment as you may be too drowsy to drive yourself home.