At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC, we understand that no two patients are alike, and take extra time and care with those who have trouble getting numb. Our dentists find the precise combination of medication to make each one comfortable.
Let’s examine the possible causes of resistance to numbing.
A pH Imbalance
Your body’s pH level is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity in blood and other fluids. Also called acid-base balance, the pH scale goes from 0 to 14. A pH below 7 is acidic. A pH above 7 is alkaline or basic. 7.40 is considered a normal blood pH. Your lungs and kidneys work continuously to monitor your pH balance.
When the pH level is abnormal, numbing agents can be less effective. Medical conditions such as asthma, emphysema, untreated diabetes, and cancer can impact pH levels.
An Acute Local Infection
This is related to the previous section because an infection shapes the pH balance. If a dental patient has an infection in their mouth (sometimes called a hot tooth), it may need to be treated with antibiotics prior to dental care.
If painkilling medications wear off swiftly, it could be due to an extra-active metabolism. Intensive exercise and caffeine can speed up your metabolism. It’s best not to overdo either of these immediately before dental treatment.
Differences In Anatomy
When administering local anesthetics, dentists need to locate your nerve(s). But everyone is wired differently and X-rays don’t always give a clear picture of the location of nerves. The size and shape of your jaw and the amount of fat and muscle influence where nerves are located. Some individuals even have an extra nerve where most people have only one.
The Patient Moves During The Injection (We Want To Get On Your Nerves)
We get it. It’s hard to stay perfectly still when your dentist is putting a needle into your mouth. But you want the painkiller conveyed to the nerve and it’s challenging to hit a moving target.
People with red hair and fair skin may need extra painkilling medication. This sounds wacky, but it is backed by science. The gene that generates hair color (Mc1R) also affects the pain receptors in the brain. The MC1R mutation that produces red hair is due to the production of pheomelanin. The presence of pheomelanin can intensify the body’s sensitivity to pain. This is another way people with auburn tresses are unique.
Men and women who are extra nervous at the dentist may have problems getting numb. This could be due to a number of factors. Jaw clenching and holding your breath may change the way the body reacts to painkillers. Extreme anxiety may also impact the perception of pain even though there are no biological changes.
This rare connective tissue disorder influences a body’s reaction to numbing medication
We Can Overcome These Challenges
At Freedom Village Dental in Jacksonville NC, we take special care of dental patients who have difficulty getting numb. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today.
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