Good oral health requires maintaining proper hygiene of your mouth and sometimes medical procedures too. Dental anesthesia is inevitable when it comes to filling your deep-rooted advanced cavity. Your regular visit to dental clinics and Smile Makeover Toronto ensures that the dental treatment is properly given. But, even when the anesthesia is properly administered, still some patents do not respond to it or else show certain side effects.

Here is the overview of Anesthesia:

Local Anesthesia Vs General anesthesia

American Academy of Pediatrics Dentistry (AAPD) differentiates anesthesia as two types: Local and General. In local anesthesia, there is a temporary loss of the sensation of the gums near the tooth involving a surgical procedure. This anesthesia is either topically applied or injected without depressing the consciousness. A dentist will desensitize a portion of mouth by injecting medicine into the gums or inner cheek. In the entire surgical procedure, you can stay fully awake. Local anesthesia is given only in case of minor treatments.

In contrast to this, general anesthesia sedates you for a period of time and air tube allows you to breathe while you are asleep for the surgical procedure.

While general anesthesia is much more comforting, it is to be administered only by an oral-maxillofacial surgeon or medical anesthesiologist. General anesthesia is usually given in major surgical procedures.

Dental Treatments that involve anesthesia:

1)    Tooth extraction:

In tooth decay, when any kind of dental treatment is not sufficient to save the tooth, Smile Makeover Toronto recommends your tooth extraction. The dentist will anesthetize the area around the tooth with the help of an injection and tooth extraction is performed.  The most common tooth extraction involving anesthesia is that of wisdom tooth.

2)    Root Canal:

Another common treatment that involves anesthesia is a root canal. When tooth pulp is decayed and that tooth pulp needs to be removed and sealed so as to save the tooth from extraction, anesthesia is most common to do.

3)    Filling of a Dental Cavity:

To fill a dental cavity is a common treatment where anesthesia is involved. Whenever a small portion of your tooth is decayed, the dentist will remove that decayed portion and fills the cavity using anesthesia.

Dental Anesthesia Side Effects

Side effects from local anesthesia are very mild yet not uncommon.

  1. A common side effect is numbness felt beyond the affected part of the mouth like eyelid or cheeks.
  2. Eyes unable to blink
  3. Hematoma
  4. High heartbeats
  5. Nerve damage

How to avoid side effects due to dental anesthesia?

You can avoid the pain and side effects of dental procedures by proper cleaning of teeth and gums and maintaining good oral hygiene.  A regular visit to Smile Makeover Toronto can help you treat the problems at their nascent stage only thereby, fully avoiding the medical procedures.