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Types of Dental Anesthesia

types of dental anesthesiaAt Kits Family Dental, we specialize in helping kids and adults. Sometimes our work requires us to use one of two types of dental anesthesia. These work by blocking nerve signals in your body dulling any pain in your mouth during dental procedures. This helps us do our work and you to experience the least amount of discomfort. 

At Kids Family Dental, we use two types of dental anesthesia, both of which are safe, have very few side effects, and very few allergic reactions.

Lidocaine is the most common local anesthetic and comes in two formats: a topical gel and injection. The gel is used to numb the local area before the lidocaine injection is administered.

Astracaine is almost 4 times more likely to make you numb than lidocaine and much more effective when taking out a tooth, or working on bottom teeth. If you find Lidocaine hasn’t worked well for you in the past, Astracaine is your answer.

If adults are anxious, we can offer a mild dose of Triazolam which is a common form of conscious sedation. Patients often say they don’t even remember the dental procedure, even though they have full control of themselves throughout.

We love kids at this practice, but we know that if a child is very, very anxious about dental work (most aren’t), they should see one of our associates in another office. There are other types of dental anesthesia available. 

Thanks to our Dental Assistant, Lesley, for her help on this post. Visit Lesley at Kits Family Dental in Vancouver, BC for your next check up, or scheduled/necessary dental work! 

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