Dental Numbing New York City
Why is it difficult for some people to become numb at the dentist office?
There are a variety of reasons people have trouble getting numb at the dentist.
- Redheaded people have a gene that affects pain receptors, requiring up to 20 percent more anesthetic to achieve numbness.
- Everyone’s anatomy is a little different — some people have additional nerves, or the nerves can be in slightly different areas.
- Anxiety and stress chemicals produced by the body can make anesthetics not as long-lasting or effective.
- Infected areas can be more challenging to anesthetize because they create an acidic environment. Anesthesia wants a neutral pH.
- Anesthetic cartridges could be out of date or could have been stored at too warm a temperature.
What we can do if you have difficulty getting numb?
There is always a way to get you properly numbed for dental treatment. We have a variety of anesthetics and various methods for delivering them. You just may require additional numbing techniques.
- Redheads simply need more anesthetic to become adequately numb.
- It may take a different technique to get to the right spot and numb an area.
- To help with anxiety, nitrous oxide or sedation can be used to relax before giving the injection.
- Infections can be treated prior to the appointment, or an anesthetic block can be used to maintain comfort.
- Our office keeps all anesthetics up to date and stored in a cool room.
Additional techniques we offer:
- The Wand – a computer-assisted system for delivering local anesthesia. This technology offers a comfortable delivery method and a more precise numbness for the tooth or area being treated.
- Onset – a special buffering system for local anesthetic to help make it more effective. This system is used for all our patients using local anesthetic only (without sedation) because it provides a comfortable delivery.
Dr. Louis Siegelman has extensive experience treating patients with dental anxiety, dental phobia, and needle phobia. Call today at (212) 974-8737 or fill out a Contact Form here to learn more about these problems in New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, Rockland County, New Jersey and Connecticut.