Novocain – There Are Alternatives

JANUARY SEDATION SPECIAL: For our new patients, we are offering free sedation (with some restrictions). Contact us at (303) 323-8149 for details or to make an appointment.

Novocain has been used in dental offices for hundreds of years – as a numbing agent aiding dentists in performing dental procedures without patients feeling pain or discomfort. However, Novocain isn’t for everyone. There are a number of people who can not tolerate Novocain and struggle to undergo treatment, therefore finding themselves avoiding the dentist altogether.

Fortunately, there are alternatives to Novocain and we offer them here! At Meadows Dental Group, we are one of the few dental offices in Colorado to offer three types of sedation, which can complement or even replace Novocain.

Laughing Gas: Also known as nitrous oxide, laughing gas can relax you to the point at which you tolerate the needle (Novocain is administered through a shot) or undergo treatment without the need for Novocain at all.

Oral Sedation: Also known as conscious sedation and sleep dentistry, oral sedation helps you “sleep” through your dental appointment.

IV Sedation: Also known as general anesthesia, IV sedation puts you completely under. You start out counting backwards from 100, and the next thing you know, you’re waking up and your dental procedure has been completed.

People often research alternatives to Novocain because they:
•have trouble getting numb
•have trouble staying numb (because of anxiety, their body metabolizes Novocain at an extraordinarily high rate, essentially erasing the effectiveness of the Novocain)
•have a fear of needles and shots
•have had an adverse reaction to Novocain in the past and/or are “allergic” to it
•have had a bad experience in the past with a dentist who didn’t use Novocain properly
•have a genetic resistance to Novocain
•have a low tolerance for pain
have TMJ issues or trouble keeping their mouth open

If you have concerns regarding Novocain and would like to seek out an alternative, contact us for your free consultation, (303) 323-8149 or e-mail During your consultation, we can discuss your concerns, ease your nerves about sedation, and go over your sedation dentistry options.  We can also answer any other general questions about sedation dentistry and how it works.

Our Lone Tree dental office is located off C-470 and Quebec, between Highlands Ranch and Park Meadows Mall. We accept the majority of types of dental insurance, including Delta Dental, Assurant, Aetna, and United Concordia. Also, we offer dental financing, at 0% interest for 2 years.