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What is electronically delivered anesthesia?

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Electronically delivered anesthesia (also called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation -- or TENS), is an alternative to the injection of a local anesthetic. Adhesive pads are placed on your face and a battery-powered device sends electrical impulses to the treatment area to numb it.

Another form of electronically delivered anesthesia is called cranial electrotherapy stimulation. Under this technique, electricity is passed into the brain, which causes relaxation.

From: Controlling Dental Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Anesthesia & Sedation."

American Dental Association: "Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students."

Medscape: "Pain Management in Dentistry."

 

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Anesthesia & Sedation."

American Dental Association: "Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students."

Medscape: "Pain Management in Dentistry."

 

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on March 10, 2019

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