March 2021 Social Commentary
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Which local anesthesia injection do you prefer to administer to provide patients with maximum pain management?
Amy Szacilo, RDH Dimensions Brand Ambassador
The posterior superior alveolar and the infraorbital block are my go-to injections on the top. The inferior alveolar block and sometimes a mental injection to supplement it are my go-to injections on the bottom. I think there is a psychological piece to achieving anesthesia as well—when patients feel their face being numb, I think it works better and they trust you more. Sometimes with infiltrations, I think they don’t believe they are numb!
Lisa Smith, RDH, BS, PHDHP Dimensions Facebook Commenter
Articaine hydrochloride 4% and epinephrine 1:100,000 is my gold standard. It offers quick action and short duration.
Simòn Bud, RDH Dimensions Brand Ambassador
I always give the posterior superior alveolar and the infraorbital block with articaine hydrochloride 4% and epinephrine 1:100,000. Works pretty much every time! If a patient is having more sensitivity on the lingual, I will administer the anterior middle superior alveolar block.
Rachael Golds, RDH Dimensions Facebook Commenter
I use articaine hydrochloride 4% and epinephrine 1:100,000. I have better luck achieving profound anesthesia with it.
Ashley Yamini, RDH, BSDH Dimensions Facebook Commenter
For the mandible, I always use the inferior alveolar block or Gow-Gates technique. For the maxilla, I usually do the anterior middle superior alveolar injection and find that sometimes it blocks the molars, too and, if not, I add a posterior superior alveolar block.
Linda Auchter, RDH Dimensions Facebook Commenter
I use the posterior superior alveolar block and the infraorbital block for the maxilla and inferior alveolar block for the mandible give me profound anesthetic for my patients undergoing scaling and root planing.
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From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. March 2021;19(3):13.