Local anesthesia is a great invention, and few want to get dentistry done without it. But it’s not perfect. Although it relieves discomfort, many people experience a stinging sensation when it’s first injected. And it takes time to work. Worse, for some people, it may not even work the first time, requiring additional injections and additional time. Now Anutra buffered anesthesia solves these problems, offering a faster, more reliable local numbing for dental care without the initial sting. Winters Dental Excellence is the first practice in Oklahoma to offer the advanced Anutra buffered anesthesia system. His passion for dentistry and patient comfort shows in the variety of technology the office offers in order to provide the best service possible.
This page contains technical information about Anutra that many people find easier to understand if explained in person. To talk to a Tulsa dentist about this new development in local anesthesia, please call (918) 528-3330 or email Winters Dental Excellence today about an appointment.
Benefits of Buffered Anesthesia
Buffered anesthesia can make for a better experience at the dentist. With buffered anesthesia, you will have:
- Less discomfort on injection
- More reliable numbing
- Faster numbing
- Deeper numbing
Overall, this makes for a more comfortable, and more convenient dental appointment.
Who Would Want a Lemon Juice Injection?
Have you ever wondered why anesthesia can sting so much when it’s first injected? That’s because it’s highly acidic. The most common local anesthetic is lidocaine with epinephrine. In order to stabilize this anesthetic for shipping and storage, hydrochloric acid is added to the formula. How much acid? The resulting formula is as acidic as wine, acidic enough to erode tooth enamel.
Anutra allows us to neutralize the acid just before injecting anesthesia. This significantly reduces the amount of discomfort you experience when anesthesia is injected.
Numbing That’s Faster, Deeper, and More Reliable
Another problem with acidic anesthesia is that your body can’t use it in its acidic form. In order for the anesthesia to enter the nerves, it first has to be turned neutral. This is why it can take so long for anesthesia to take effect. Your body first has to convert the anesthetic to a neutral form.
Unfortunately, as your body is converting the anesthesia, it’s also working to eliminate it. Having anesthesia that doesn’t take effect right away also means that the anesthesia can’t penetrate as deeply into the body, requiring repeated and deeper injections (and more discomfort).
In fact, in some people, especially people with dental anxiety, the body may eliminate so much of the anesthetic before it takes effect that it doesn’t work at all, and another injection is necessary. This happens more often in anxious patients who are eliminating the anesthesia faster anyway.
But with the acid neutralized, the anesthetic can enter your nerves right away and start numbing. This allows the anesthetic to penetrate deeper into the injected area and all but eliminates the risk that anesthesia simply won’t take effect.
It can take effect so fast that we don’t have to even leave the room to wait–the results may be immediate.
A New Delivery System for Convenience
We’ve known for a long time that buffering anesthesia could reduce discomfort and make it more effective, but in the past we didn’t have a good way to take advantage of that knowledge. Mixing anesthesia and buffering solutions on the spot takes time and eliminates the convenience of faster action, and we can’t mix it ahead of time because the anesthesia is more likely to spoil.
But with Anutra, we can precisely mix the buffered anesthesia quickly and conveniently, saving you time and ensuring your comfort.