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If you have trouble getting numb, you’re not alone. Some people don’t respond well to Novocain, because of anxiety, fear, sensitivity, or simply a reaction to the numbing agent.

Fortunately, sedation can help! Sedation in dentistry can be used as a replacement for Novocain or as an enhancement to it.

The types of sedation for dentistry include:

Your past difficulties with getting numb might have been related to poor technique on the part of the dentist, local anesthetic that wasn’t as powerful as what’s available today, and/or the position of your teeth and nerves. One bad dental visit doesn’t mean that you’ll have another, but to be safe, you may want to consider sedation.

If you have had trouble getting numb or have had a painful dental experience because of it, depending on the type and complexity of the procedure, laughing gas (also known as nitrous oxide) might be enough to help you relax and feel more comfortable.

For longer or more complex dental procedures, however, such as tooth extractions, root canals, dental implants, and crowns and bridges, oral sedation or IV sedation might be more appropriate.

If you’ve been putting off a dental visit because of fear of not being able to get numb, now’s the time to schedule a visit to talk about possible sedation options. In a free consultation, we can talk to you about your dental history, your medical history, the dental work you’d like to get completed, and your concerns.

If you have any questions about Novocain or the sedation dentistry alternatives, please call our office near you.

Please note: Our dental offices are in Mesa, near Phoenix.