Dental Block (Online)
• Dental block Theory:
• Benefits of dental block
• Structure of the mouth
• Consultation Process
• Injection Techniques
• Preparing to inject
• Demonstration on Live Model
• Perform Case Study on Live Model
• Recap of Course
When you’re having significant dental work done, your dentist will likely suggest a dental block as part of the procedure. Don’t panic: The block is actually administered for your comfort, as it helps to block pain sensations from your nerves while your dentist works on your teeth. Still, you may feel more confident if you understand what’s happening when your dentist uses a block and what it means for your recovery. Here are four things you should know.
1. Why Use One?
Your mouth is full of nerves, so that’s why your mouth is extremely sensitive to pain. When your dentist needs to drain an abscess, drill a cavity, perform a root canal, fix a dry socket, or perform any other procedure to repair and protect your teeth, the treatment may cause pain. The block is used to numb the nerves in your mouth to dull the pain and increase your comfort level during the procedure.
2. How Is a Block Administered?
Your dentist will locate the major nerve closest to the site of your dental work. According to Medscape, there are 11 different areas in which the block is precisely injected to numb the nerves. Here’s what you can expect.
Your dentist will locate the major nerve area based on the location and type of dental work.
A topical numbing agent (such as lidocaine) will be applied to the injection site using a cotton swab. This helps to numb the pain from the injection itself.
The block is injected into the site.
Your dentist will allow the block to numb your mouth for a few minutes before beginning work.
There is minor pain associated with a block, but, thanks to the topical numbing agent, it will be short-lived. The injection might be described as a pinch or minor burning sensation. After the block has been administered, you’ll feel your mouth and teeth becoming gradually number.
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