ANESTHESIA : Local Anesthesia in Pediatric Dentistry

One of the most important and challenging aspects of child behavior management is the control of pain. 

Children who undergo early painful experiences during dental procedures are likely to carry negative feelings toward dentistry into adulthood.


Therefore, it is important that clinicians make every effort to minimize pain and discomfort during dental treatment. 

Because of the likelihood of the pediatric dental patient experiencing discomfort during restorative and surgical procedures dentists turn to the use of local anesthetics and/or analgesics to control pain.

The simplest and most effective method of reducing pain during dental procedures is via an injection of local anesthetic. 

Unfortunately, the anticipation of receiving a “shot” tends to increase anxiety in the pediatric and adult patient and similarly in the dentist who has the task of minimizing discomfort during the injection process. 

Most adults are willing to subject themselves to the minor discomfort of the injection because they can envision the comfort they will experience during restorative and surgical procedures.