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Dennis Alleman, DMD, PC

3 Stage Local Anesthesia

The most common dread or fear among dental patients today is still of the shot and of not being numb enough. We are aware of that, and will do everything possible so you don't have to worry about that any more.

Fortunately, science and technique have made modern local anesthetic delivery much more comfortable and effective than the way we used to do it. We deliver the anesthetic slowly and gently in three stages for maximum comfort and effectiveness.

Firstly, the skin is lightly painted with a topical ointment which gets the skin numb so you won't feel the initial poke of the needle. The needle itself is laser sharp and much more gentle than the ones we used to use. Many people tell us they can't even feel it.

Secondly, the tissue under the skin is slowly numbed with a very bland tissue anesthetic called Citanest which doesn't sting when injected and which increases the potency and effectiveness of the primary local anesthetic.

Thirdly, because of the first two steps and because the Local Anesthetic is Lidocaine, a very powerful and non allergenic agent, the resulting numbness is gentle and profound.

I should note that the 3 stage local anesthetic is usually only needed for major work and that much dentistry today is able to be done without shots or drills.