Unfortunately, sometimes teeth are so badly damaged or infected that they need to be “extracted” (removed).
At Anthony Boyden & Associates, we are sympathetic towards the need to make this procedure as free of pain and trauma as possible. For this reason, we use two types of anaesthetic in combination, to make the procedure as painless as possible.
Firstly, we rub a small amount of “topical” anaesthetic onto your gum, to put that small area of skin to sleep. Once the surface of your gum is asleep, we use a small needle of local anaesthetic to make the tooth and gum completely numb. After the topical anaesthetic, you will only feel a small “pinch” from the needle.
For many years, we've used Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) “conscious sedation” to relax patients when appropriate. Alternatively, we can refer difficult cases and nervous patients to an oral surgeon, who can complete the treatment while the patient is asleep (under a general anaesthetic).