When the tooth goes to sleep!
That’s why anaesthesia of primary teeth is important for co-operation in treatment. Our anaesthetics are fast-reacting: just 30 seconds after the anaesthetic injection, the treatment can usually begin. As a rule, children are advised not to eat for at least 1-2 hours after local anaesthesia.
Children are not familiar with the numb feeling and find it strange so sometimes they will try and bite their lips as hard as possible just because they do not feel it. This can be dangerous. But as long as the parents keep an eye on the children during this period making sure they do not hurt themselves, everything is fine.
Children sometimes do not understand the difference between pain and numbness. For first time anaesthesia, this feeling might feel strange and intimidating and will scare young children. They often describe it as “pain”. As a parent try and explain to your child that their sick tooth is sleeping now, just like their lips, and that when the numbness is gone, the sick tooth will be as good as new!
Topical Anaesthesia – our “tooth jelly”
Through using a fruit-flavoured topical anaesthesia paste, the oral tissues around the infiltration are made senseless so that the patient does not feel anything upon entrance of the needle, not even the slightest prick.
Maxillary Local Anaesthesia (also known as “infiltration”) – our “sleepy juice”
To anaesthetise the maxilla, the gingiva in relation to the tooth to be treated should be infiltrated slowly according to dosage. The dosage is body-weight-dependent but only a limited number of teeth can be anaesthetised at a given time. Therefore in a given session only a number of teeth in an area can be treated.
Mandibular Local Anaesthesia (also known as “dental block”) – our “sleepy juice”
It is technically more challenging to deliver a dental block in a child. That is why we always start with the upper jaw so that the child gets used to dental treatment before the next big step. To prevent an anxious child from hurting himself or herself during the process of administering the dental block, we use a “mouth prop” (our tooth pillow). This keeps the child’s mouth wide open and also acts as a support for the child to rest his or her teeth on.