When Local Dental Anesthetic Doesn’t Work

Local anesthetic is the numbing medication, Novocaine, administered by injection prior to a dental procedure. For most, local anesthetic adequately desensitizes the area that needs treatment.

But everyone is unique.
Some people are allergic to Novocaine,
and for others, it simply does not work as it should.

Unfortunately, many dental patients have learned about their reaction to anesthesia too late, and they had to suffer through a painful and traumatic dental procedure. This should not happen. Ever.

Now I know that it’s easier said than done, but you cannot allow bad experiences to affect your health. You need a dentist who understands your anxiety and offers a reliable alternative to local anesthetic.

I’m Dr. James DeFinnis, a sedation dentist at Back Mountain Dental. I appreciate your concerns, fears, stress, and anxiety. And I’m here to tell you, there is a solution.

Sedation dentistry involves medication administered orally or intravenously (by IV, through the blood stream). Instead of relying on local anesthetic to numb an area of the mouth, sedation dentistry produces an overall sense of calm, and it also inhibits a person’s ability to sense pain. In short, oral and IV sedation are comfortable alternatives to local anesthetic.

For very fearful patients, I recommend IV sedation (if appropriate). With IV sedation, we can alter the amount of medication you receive during procedures, so you’ll remain comfortable and we will not have time constraints. IV sedation can keep a person sedated for hours, so I can perform lengthy procedures or big treatment plans in one or two visits.

Call 570-763-4360 or email Back Mountain Dental today if you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry as an alternative to local dental anesthetic. We can talk on the phone or in person, whichever makes you most comfortable. I serve patients from Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and across the State of Pennsylvania.

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