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When you undergo dental treatments, your dentist, Dr. Kenneth Hancock, will ensure that you have a comfortable and relaxing treatment. One way he does so is by using anesthesia. This dental tool is a great way to help you have the best and most positive dental experience possible.

The first type of anesthesia your dentist will use is local anesthesia. Now, this type of anesthesia comes in two forms: a topical anesthetic and injectable anesthetic. The topical anesthetic is applied to the gums with a cotton swab to prepare the area for the injectable anesthetic. It will numb the mouth so you won’t feel a thing when the injection is provided. An injectable anesthetic is typically used when your dentist is placing a dental filling, treating gum disease, or placing a dental crown. It’s a small shot that blocks the nerves that transmit and sense pain. It also numbs the tissues of the mouth.

The second type of anesthesia is general anesthesia, which is used during more complex procedures to induce the loss of feeling and to also reduce consciousness. General anesthesia can also help patients feel more relaxed in the dental chair.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about anesthesia, please contact Kenneth Hancock DDS at 360-464-2099 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to give you the answers and information you need so you can know more!