Ensuring patient comfort: Choosing the right local anesthetic

The idea of a successful dental procedure differs based on the opinion of the dentist and the opinion of the patient. To the dental clinician, a successful procedure could be: restoring a tooth, correct placement of an implant, or finally seeing pocket depth reduction in an uncontrollable 8mm infected periodontal pocket. To the patient, all of these factors matter as well. However, above all, a painless procedure is one major detail that a patient will base the procedures’ success off of. If the patients pain control is not taken into consideration throughout the entire procedure, they may reconsider going through this type of treatment again, or even worse, they may consider receiving dental treatment elsewhere.

Among all phobias, dental phobia is one of the most common. One (according to the patient’s standards) unsuccessful/painful procedure might cause mental trauma and have them never wanting to visit a clinic again. A story from some else’s bad experience may also discourage them from coming to the dental clinic.

The use of local anesthesia is closely tied with unpleasant experiences related to dental treatment and dental anxiety. Most fear has to do with dental injections:

  • General fear of dental injections
  • Pain of injection and of bodily injury from injection
  • Fear related to local anesthetic (such as side effects, inadequate anesthesia, etc.)

It is important to select a local anesthetic drug that will achieve the desired anesthetic effect as quickly and effectively as possible to complete the treatment while having pain controlled.

Ultracaine offers the advantages of not only a fast onset and profound action, but also the added benefit of two different vasoconstrictor concentrations. The 1:200,000 solution offers pulpal anesthesia in the range of 45-60 minutes, while the 1:100, 000 solution will extend further to 60-75 minutes. This is a significant advantage over the use of lidocaine HCl solutions, since they only offer pulpal anesthesia in the range of 60 minutes. By using a profound anesthetic, such as 4% Ultracaine, you will reduce the amount of discomfort your patient feels, without having to reinject due to the lasting effect making it a successful procedure for both the dentist and the patient.

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