If you’re in pain, the most important thing is to relieve it as quickly as possible. Like many dental practices, we offer both local anesthesia and sedation. But unlike some practices, we’ve done everything we can to make these pain-relieving processes as patient-friendly as possible.
To visit a dental practice where your comfort is a top priority, call our Glen Ellyn, IL dentist office at 630-448-8418.
Anesthesia Is as Pain-Free as Possible
While local anesthesia provides welcome relief from pain, many people dread it because they don’t like needles or find it otherwise unpleasant. Dr. John C. Workman uses an STA Single Tooth Anesthesia System® that eases the anesthesia process by:
Dr. Workman on helping a patient who is in pain Read Transcript
If a patient told me they were in pain or discomfort, that would be the focus of our attention from the very beginning. I mean, we have other things that we can talk about later on, but until you get them out of pain, they’re not very interested in learning about all the other things you can do as a dentist. So we would find out where the pain was from. What caused it? Was it hot, cold? Is it brushing their teeth? Is it biting? Is it biting certain types of foods? We have to find all that out to determine that, perhaps—give us more information about what it really is. At some point, you have to go in there and start looking a little closer. I mean, you X-ray, doing tests of whether to not the tooth is cracked. The tooth can be severely worn and need some kind of reinforcement so that it’s not cracked further and they eventually lose the tooth. Sometimes teeth are cracked in half from what the patient’s been chewing on. Those are questions we need to ask and try to find a history of what’s been going on for them with the tooth.
But, at some point, you’ve got to get in there and look at it and do your diagnostics to be able to find out exactly what it is, if you can. Some teeth are difficult to diagnosis. Sometimes you have to do some things to them; maybe put a temporary crown on it to see if the tooth will settle down before you do anything definitively or permanently for the patient. So you do a careful diagnosis, then move ahead in the way that the patient is going to be comfortable with. You can usually get people in a comfortable position by doing it that way.
- Making it quicker
- Regulating the flow of anesthesia with a computer so you don’t get the initial harsh “sting” that commonly occurs when anesthesia is administered
- Avoiding repeated injections of anesthesia
- Precisely targeting the anesthesia where you need it, so you won’t experience unpleasant residual numbness after your procedure is over
Select the Right Type of Sedation for You
Every person reacts differently to sedation; what works well for a friend or family member may not take the edge off your anxiety. While many dentists provide only one form of sedation, in our office you can choose from oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. Dr. Workman will examine you, review your history, and help you determine which method will be best for you.
Flexible Scheduling Can Help You Book an Emergency Appointment
If you experience a dental emergency, you’ll want to see Dr. Workman as soon as possible. Our office opens at 7 a.m. three days a week, so we can get you an early appointment if you wake with a toothache or other oral pain. And our team stays in the office until 7 p.m. two Mondays a month; so you won’t need to wait until the next day if a tooth is bothering you.
Don’t grin and bear your pain. Call us at 630-448-8418.