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Receiving a local anesthetic can help prevent pain during dental treatments.

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Local anesthetic

What does local anesthesia do?

Local anesthesia is injected into your mouth to numb the area our dentists will be working on. This will help prevent any possible pain during this procedure. It is possible to feel pressure here and there, but no pain. Local anesthetics are often paired with a form of sedation to keep patients comfortable during their appointment.

How long does local anesthetic last?

It will typically last anywhere from four to six hours. Each person handles it differently, and it also depends on how much of the anesthetic was used. As it wears off, you may feel a tingling or burning sensation.

Is local anesthesia safe?

Local anesthetics are safe, effective and rarely cause any negative side effects. It is possible to feel soreness at the injection site. Other side effects included ringing in the ears and dizziness.

Local anesthetic


Our dentists may provide a local anesthetic to help you feel comfortable during treatment. This medication numbs specific areas of your mouth so that you can receive treatments without discomfort and regain a healthy mouth and smile. To make an appointment at Dentistry and Braces Group and learn more, contact our office today!

When you undergo many dental procedures, our dentists will provide you with a local anesthetic before beginning treatment. This local anesthetic helps to dull pain in part or all of your mouth and may be used in combination with sedation dentistry to provide you with a more comfortable overall experience. Before you receive an anesthetic, speak with our dentists and team about any allergies you have or medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, vitamins and over-the-counter drugs, so that we can ensure that you will be safe.


Local anesthetics are typically used to numb specific areas. They are usually injected through a needle into your gum or inner cheek. When you receive a local anesthetic, our dentists will dry part of your mouth and gently swab the area with a numbing gel prior to injecting the medication. While some patients do not feel the injection needle, others report a “sting” caused by the anesthetic moving into the oral tissues.

You will need to bring someone with you to drive you home from our office. We also recommend that someone remain with you for several hours after you have arrived home until the medication has worn off.

We invite you to contact our office today for more information about IV sedation and to schedule your consultation with our caring dentists. We look forward to providing you with a comfortable dental visit.

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