Pain isn’t fun. Your Boulder County cosmetic dentist knows this, and that is why the dental team at Gordon West DDS, Aesthetic & General Dentistry have 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 Boulder County 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. Boulder County 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 sedation dentistry and oral conscious sedation.
It is very common for your dentist to recommend an over the counter analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
Because your Boulder County 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. Gordon West and I want Boulder County residents to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Boulder County area and are looking for quality cosmetic or laser dentistry, please contact my office today at 303-665-5335. Our knowledgable staff would be happy to talk to you about dental implants, porcelain veneers, TMJ treatment, and the other services we offer.
Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Aesthetic & General Dentistry
1140 West S. Boulder Rd., Suite 201
Lafayette, CO 80026