Topical anesthetic is applied with a cotton swab on the gums to reduce the discomfort of an injection and to ensure that the child is as comfortable as possible.
Local anesthetic is the numbing agent injected into a specific area of your child’s mouth to prevent discomfort during dental procedures.
To avoid unintended worrying, we ask that you do not discuss this possibility with your child, even if you think it will help. Our expert team will ease your child through this procedure in a non-threating manner. Because our pediatric dentists are specially trained and skilled in administering local anesthetic, many children do not even know they’ve received an injection.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is safe for children and often used to help reduce anxiety or strong gag-reflexes in our patients. In some instances, nitrous oxide can be used in place of local anesthetic.
Note: You will be informed and asked for consent before any of the above comfort options are used during your child’s dental treatment.