Dental Anesthesia

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Couple after Dental Anesthesia in Puyallup WA
We know that a pleasant dental experience is the cornerstone of building a trust-based relationship with our patients. To ensure your comfort, we have several ways to optimize your experience with us while putting you at ease and allowing you to relax.

High-Strength Numbing Gel

We use high-strength topical gel to numb the gums before an injection, eliminating that initial pinch from the needle. This helps alleviate nervousness you may feel from the sight of a syringe.

Local Anesthetic

We use a powerful local anesthetic that, when combined with our high-strength numbing gel, makes dental procedures painless.


As part of our patient-oriented comfort process, we use an award-winning device called the DentalVibe, used by only the most exclusive practices in the area. The DentalVibe sends soothing vibrations deep into the gum tissue during an injection. Because vibration signals travel to the brain faster than pain signals do, DentalVibe’s vibrations reach the brain first and block pain from being felt, allowing for comfortable administration of intraoral injections.

The Wand (Single-Tooth Anesthesia/CompuDent®)

The CompuDent is cutting-edge dental technology that provides a more comfortable injection experience. This tool is computer controlled, ensuring that the flow of the anesthetic is accurate, slow, steady, and comfortable. The numbing effect is localized and limited to one area — you don’t leave our office with a heavy, numb feeling in your face. Perhaps best of all, its appearance is small and pen-like, removing the intimidation from the injection experience.


Is local anesthesia recommended during wisdom teeth removal?
At Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry, you will receive local anesthesia before the removal of a wisdom tooth. Sometimes Dr. Daniel S. Smith, DDS and Dr. Gregory J. Wetterhus, DDS will use general anesthesia (a type of sedation dentistry), especially if you are having more than one tooth removed. General anesthesia is used to prevent pain throughout your body and often causes you to sleep.
Is local anesthesia the same as sedation dentistry?
Local dental anesthesia affects a small part of the body, such as a tooth or area of gum. It does not affect the patient’s cognitive abilities, and they stay awake and alert throughout treatment. Sedation dentistry is the administration of medication that relieves a patient’s anxiety and allows them to reach a deep level of relaxation, even drifting off to sleep during treatment.
Is local anesthesia safe?
Local anesthesia is very safe and commonly used on patients of all ages. Though few, there are side effects, and they include: hematoma, numbness outside of the targeted area, racing heart.
Call 253.200.5427 to find out more about our pain-elimination options and how your dentist in Puyallup, WA can provide you with a comfortable and pain-free dental experience.