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Can novocaine be used during cleanings?

I absolutely can't stand the feeling of scraping against my teeth. It makes me dread getting my teeth cleaned. Is it possible to ask for novocaine during cleanings?

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Request that your dentist or dental hygienist use local anesthetic. You may need to present for multiple visits.
Cleaning your teeth can sometimes be very sensitive. It is possible to numb the teeth before the procedure starts with local anaesthesia. The downside of it is that your whole mouth will feel thick and numb for 2 to 3 hours afterwards.
Yes you can ask for an anesthetic to have your teeth cleaned.
Yes, you can certainly request that you be anesthetized when having your teeth cleaned, however, to have your entire mouth anesthetized is rather uncomfortable. Discuss with your dentist having nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to have your teeth cleaned. If you hate the sound, wearing headphones with your favorite music can also help.
Great question. You could request a topical anesthetic to be used during your appointments. Full mouth numbing is typically avoided, unless necessary due to potential risks of the patient biting their cheeks or tongue.
Absolutely. Ask! Some people have more sensitive teeth.
Personally, I can't stand the polishing. It tickles my gums...
Yes, you can ask your hygenist or dentist to apply local anesthetics before your regular cleaning.
Novocain is usually just used for deep cleanings called root planing. If it is the scrapping that is most bothersome and not tissue sensitivity, a sonic scaler that vibrates and sprays water may feel better than removing the tartar with the hand instruments. If the tissue is sensitive, different topical anesthetics can be used to numb the tissue.
Two points.
One, I do believe that Novocaine is no longer commercially available. I believe Septocaine is the most commonly used anaesthetic. There is no problem requesting and using an anaesthetic.
Two, if sensitivity is the concern with the teeth consider using a shock absorbing nightguard.
It certainly is! Many hygienists nowadays are licensed to administer anesthesia. If they aren’t, your dentist can do it for you.
There will probably be an extra fee for anesthetic. You can ask if your dentist uses Oraqix, which is a numbing gel placed around the gum line instead of anesthetic. Novocaine isn't used anymore. Other anesthetics like lidocaine or septocaine are used now.
Yes, specially deep cleaning, regular prophylaxis don't need it.
Novocaine is no longer used, but there are other ways to increase your comfort via anesthesia.
The short answer is -- Yes.
Absolutely it is possible to anesthetize you prior to having your teeth cleaned. While it is not the norm, there are patients whom for whatever reasons prefer to be numbed. The most common local anesthetics to use is Lidocaine. The use of Novocaine in dentistry for local anesthetic is a thing of the past as there are much safer anesthetic agents, such as Lidocaine. Certainly you should feel free to ask your dentist for numbing if that makes you more comfortable.
Yes, we sometimes use an anesthetic to help really sensitive people get their teeth cleaned. There are also oral rinses that help numb all the tissues and these are super easy!
During scaling and root planing, I routinely anesthetize my patient. We usually divide the mouth and do one side at a time. Another great product is called Oraquix which delivers an anesthetic gel to gum lines during more routine cleanings.
Patients often cringe at the thought of getting a teeth cleaning, but this does not have to be the case. First you must determine exactly what it is that makes you dread getting your teeth cleaned. Some patients don't like the SOUND of the scraping. If this is the case, bring your headphones/earbuds, and listen to your favorite music during the cleaning. If it is the FEELING of the scraping, you can ask for novacaine, topical numbing gel, or even a numbing mouth rinse. If it is the THOUGHT of the scraping, try nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or possibly even a valium to reduce your anxiety.
You can but the dentist will usually charge extra and it is difficult to anesthetize the entire mouth. Dentist generally do not like to do this. Some people have more trouble with this than others. A sedative may be a better solution. I have some patients that I need to prescribe a sedative for their cleanings. They do much better with it.
Yes, local anesthetic could make your dental cleaning a lot more comfortable. For treatment of this problem or to meet your other dental needs, call the dental office of Dr. Brad Emery, Dr. Nicholas Emery and Dr. Carol Scuro, at 585-247-7110. Or check out our website at
Yes it is absolutely your choice. We can use local anesthesia to make cleanings more comfortable for you.
Anesthetic can be use at any time pending the procedure, patient pain threshold, medical history. At my office we recommend nitrous oxide for cleaning to avoid introducing chemicals into a patients body. You must always remember some anesthetic have chemicals that may have a negative effect due to unknown underlying medical issues.
Yes. But that is up to the dentist. For some patients who experience great sensitivity or have issues with gum disease I personally administer local anaesthesia to those patients.
YES! Dental anesthetics are the most effective pain blocking drug known and it can certainly be used during dental cleanings. We often see more need to anesthetize our patients when they are new to the practice and are in need of deep cleanings after they are return to dentistry after having missed several cleanings over the years. At times, patients have hyper-sensitive teeth and cannot tolerate the cleanings and anesthetic is often employed. However, this is not the norm, and we usually investigate the cause for such sensitivity and treat it first.
Prophylaxis for dental purposes is supposed to be a thorough procedure but not necessary to give an anesthetic. Ask your dentist if he can use some nitrous oxide or possibly pre sedation with a tablet to allay anxiety during the visit for routine cleaning. I recommend early morning appointments aswe seem to be less pressured during the beginning of the day and less stressed
Yes. We do that for a few patients
Yes. Many patients request local anesthesia particularly for deep cleanings when accumulations have occurred under the gums. Just as an aside, Novocaine hasn’t been used for many years. Today’s local anesthetics of choice are lidocaine or articaine.
Yes, and there are topical ones in gel that work without puncturing the gums.