Topical anesthetics are applied to the oral tissues with a swab to prevent pain on the surface level. Your periodontist may use a topical anesthetic to numb an area in preparation for administering an injectable local anesthetic.
Injectable local anesthetics prevent pain in a specific area of your mouth during treatment by blocking the nerves that sense or transmit pain and numbing oral tissues. They cause the temporary numbness often referred to as a “fat lip” feeling. Injectable anesthetics may be used in such procedures as filling cavities, preparing teeth for crowns or treating periodontal (gum) disease. Most dental procedures require up to two, and occasionally more, injections of a local anesthetic. Also, most anesthetic solutions are bitter, and this will be tasted if there is leakage from the injection site(s).
I understand that antibiotics and analgesics and other medications can cause allergic reactions causing redness and swelling of tissues, pain, itching, vomiting, and/or anaphylactic shock (severe allergic reaction).
I understand that although local anesthesia is extremely safe, some rare or more serious complications may occur secondary to the administration of local anesthesia.
I understand that the most common complications that may occur while the administrating of local anesthetic in dentistry include, but are not limited to, ecchymosis, evidenced by pain, swelling and/or bruising. The rare and more serious complications are paresthesia or permanent anesthesia (permanent numbness or abnormal sensation), and in rare cases life threatening conditions.
I understand more than one injection may be needed to achieve a satisfactory or desired results for treatment purposes.
I understand that dentistry is not an exact science and that dental practitioners cannot guarantee results. I acknowledge that no guarantee or assurance has been made to me by anyone regarding the periodontal or implant treatment that I have requested and authorized for myself or my minor child. I have had full opportunity to discuss and ask questions regarding my treatment, and all questions have been answered to my satisfaction.