Novocain – There Are Alternatives
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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’t tolerate Novocain and struggle to undergo treatment, therefore finding themselves avoiding the dentist altogether.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to Novocain, and we provide them! We offer three types of sedation, which can complement or even be used in place of Novocain.
Laughing Gas: Also known as nitrous oxide, laughing gas can relax you to the point at which you can tolerate the needle (Novocain is administered through a shot) or undergo treatment without the need for Novocain at all.
Oral Sedation / Conscious Sedation: Also known as conscious sedation, with oral sedation, you take a pill before your treatment and become less aware of what’s going on around you. Time seems to pass quickly, and after the treatment, you’ll have little or no memory of what transpired.
IV Sedation: Also known as general anesthesia, IV sedation puts you completely under. The next thing you know, you’re waking up and your dental procedure has been completed.
People often look for 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. During the 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.
To schedule a free dental consultation, please call the dental office near you:
Highlands Ranch Dental Office, (303) 309-0749, near University Blvd and C-470
Lowry Dental Office, (303) 323-8158, near Alameda and Quebec, in Denver
Colorado Springs Dental Office, (719) 247-2350, near Powers Blvd and Carefree Circle
Colorado Springs Dental Office, (719) 247-2020, near Powers Blvd and Stetson Hills Blvd