What does Local Anaesthetic do?
Local anesthetic is used for pain prevention during dental procedures. Local anesthetic causes a complete loss of feeling to a specific area of your body without making you lose consciousness. It works by blocking the nerves from the affected part of your body so that pain signals can’t reach your brain. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure but you may still feel some pressure or movement.
It only takes a few minutes to lose feeling in the area where local anesthetic is given.
Our doctors will make sure that you are fully numb before starting the procedure. It can take a few hours for local anesthetic to wear off and for feeling to return. We recommend not eating or drinking throughout this time, as you may bite your cheek, lip or tongue. Furthermore if the food or drink is too hot, you mayt burn yourself.
We regularly use local anaesthetic to prevent pain in a specific area of your mouth during treatment, by blocking the nerves that send or transmit pain. We’ll apply a topical anesthetic cream to numb the gums in preparation for administering the local anesthetic. Topical anesthetics can also be used to soothe painful mouth sores while injectable anesthetics may be used in such procedures as filling cavities, preparing teeth for crowns or treating gum disease.