Numbing Your Mouth
Numbing Your Mouth

The dentist uses special medicine called anesthetics to numb your mouth if you have a cavity taken out or a tooth pulled.

The first thing the dentist does is place a small cotton swab dipped in medicine in your mouth, and rubs in the area he needs to operate on. This medicine is called a "local anesthetic," and it numbs the surface of your mouth, or your gums. Sometimes, the dentist may need to give you a shot of more powerful medicine to really put your mouth to sleep. But the shot only stings a little bit because of the other medicine he used on the cotton swab!

This more powerful medicine is usually called Novocain or Lidocaine. The medicine is injected into the inside of your mouth using a very small needle. After a few minutes, a part of your mouth gets tingly, and then numb. Some people feel like they have a fat lip when their mouth has been numbed. Don't worry. Your lip doesn't get fat or swell. This goes away after a while.


General Info


Safford Dental 
605 E. 4th Street 
Marshfield, WI 54449
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Phone: (715) 387-6344
Fax: (715) 384-2047


Office Hours

Monday - 7:30am to 5:00pm
Tuesday - 7:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday - 7:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday - 7:30am to 5:00pm
Friday - Occasional
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed

605 E. 4th Street • Marshfield, WI 54449
(715) 387-6344