Before an appointment involving a local anesthetic injection, Dr. Aka and his staff will give you instructions on how to best prepare your child for the appointment with a two-page handout. It’s not just what you say to your child that is important but how you say it. If you cannot remember what to say, let us do it.
Dr. Aka makes every effort to administer local anesthetic (in the old days, “Novocaine”) in a slow, gentle, and comfortable manner, thus eliminating any pain that may accompany dental treatment. The duration of numbness after treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on what drug was used. Generally the numbness wears off after two to three hours. Parents must be careful to watch their child for chewing or biting of inner cheeks, tongue, or lip that can cause them to be injured.