Like the Novocain a dentist administers to a human patient, patients at Apex Dog and Cat Dentistry receive local anesthetic medication as part of their pain control too. Even for patients receiving general anesthesia, there are many advantages to providing local "blocks":
- They numb targeted tissues and block the transmission of pain.
- They allow for a lower level of general anesthesia, which increases patient safety.
- They promote a smooth recovery from anesthesia.
- The "blocks" work for up to 10 hours after surgery. This provides a painless transition until oral pain medications can be continued at home.