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Optimizing Local Anaesthetic Practice: Addressing Misconceptions and Minimizing Anaesthetic Failures

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Negin Oghabi, Tara Renton

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-38
Number of pages7
JournalDental Update
Issue number1
Published2 Jan 2022

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Local anaesthesia is a sine qua non for pain management in dentistry. Optimizing local anaesthesia practice reduces intra-operative pain, and ultimately ameliorates patient comfort. Many patients still report experiencing intra-operative pain despite being anaesthetized. This is commonplace with inferior alveolar nerve blocks, the current routine approach to mandibular anaesthesia. This technique has been shown, in many cases, to fail at first attempt and can be uncomfortable for patients. It has a higher positive-aspiration rate than other techniques, increasing the risk of systemic complications. CPD/Clinical Relevance: Clinicians should be aware of more effective techniques for mandibular anaesthesia for optimal and safe pain management, and ultimately a better patient experience.

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