Pain isn’t fun. Your West Fargo dentist knows this, and that is why Dr. Dennis Hetland at Designer Smiles has made patient comfort a top priority. In conjunction with creating a relaxing environment, your dentist has various medications that can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.
Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in West Fargo dentist offices and around the country are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue so they only numb the very surface layers. Topical anesthetics can reduce the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.
Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to specific areas of the mouth. Moorhead, West Fargo, and Fargo dentists numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or before certain cosmetic dentistry procedures.
More involved dental procedures may necessitate the need for nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sleep dentistry and oral conscious sedation.
It is very common for your dentist to recommend an over the counter analgesic to relieve pain after a cosmetic dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
Because your Fargo cosmetic dentist will most likely use a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the treatment, make sure you jot down a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.
I’m Dr. Dennis Hetland and I want West Fargo residents to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Fargo area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact my office today at (701) 566-5063. Our high tech staff would be happy to talk to you about sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and the other services we offer.
Dr. Dennis Hetland
3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota 58104