Pain can affect the teeth, gums, roots, tongue, jaw or palate. Fortunately, the surgeons of Sacramento Surgical Arts PC offer several advanced techniques in pain management.
Oral surgeons use a variety of pain controlling medications, including analgesics, anesthetics, and sedatives. They also commonly recommend changes in nutrition or sleep habits, or simple steps like application of ice.
Today it is possible to undergo a procedure and experience little or no discomfort – during and after the operation. But remember that each patient has different needs when it comes to anesthesia and post-operative pain management.
Analgesics are common pain relievers used used for managing mild discomfort. While analgesics are considered safe and effective for mild pain, their effectiveness is limited for severe pain. Analgesics include very common drugs like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin and opioids. Your surgeon may prescribe an analgesic after a tooth extraction or root canal.
Anesthetics can be administered orally, topically or through injection. A topical anesthetic is relatively simple to apply, often with just a cotton swab to numb the treatment area. Dental implants or tooth restoration will often use a topical anesthetic. A topical anesthetic can also be used in preparation for anesthesia by injection. Injectable anesthetics include Lidocaine and Novocaine. These medications are requires in more extensive procedures like root canals.
Sedatives can help a patient relax during a procedure, effectively avoiding pain. They may be used in combination with other pain-controlling medications. One common sedative is Nitrous oxide, often referred to as "laughing gas." If you are undergoing conscious sedation, the sedative will be administered while you are awake. Deep sedation (or general anesthesia) is a state of unconsciousness that is carefully controlled by your physician and anesthesiologist.
For Your Safety
For your safety, we ask that you openly share your complete medical history before an operation, including any allergies and medications currently being taken. Pain controlling medications used in oral surgery have the potential to interact and cause unexpected complications. Also remember to follow your oral surgeon's instructions on dosage for medications.