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Pain Management

You may experience pain around your mouth, teeth, and tongue and jaw due to present oral conditions. At North Rivers Dental Associates, we are committed to ensuring your safety and alleviating pain as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Pain Management Services

We are proud to offer an array of services targeted toward managing pain in our office. These include:

Air Abrasion

Air abrasion is a tool used to remove decay and debris from your tooth. Unlike a traditionally painful drill, this tool utilizes aluminum oxide particles to get the job done. It is most commonly used for restorative procedures and can alleviate the smallest of cracks on your teeth.


There are three types of anesthesia used to alleviate pain in a small area or the general body, depending on the patient’s tolerance for pain:

  • Analgesic
    Over the counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol. Most commonly used for patients experiencing mild discomfort during a procedure.
  • Anesthetic
    Anesthetics can either be ingested, injected directly or applied on the surface of the skin. This option is commonly used during a root canal or filling procedure.  
  • Sedative
    Sedatives allow the patient to be in a relaxed state. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a common sedative used during wisdom teeth removal. The patient may experience conscious sedation or deep sedation, depending on your threshold for pain.


Before providing you with medications to manage pain, we will review your medical history to ensure that you are a suitable candidate. These medications may be prescribed by your doctor before or following a procedure to help stop the spread of infection or to alleviate your pain post-surgery.

Do You Need Pain Management in South Carolina?

We strive to get you the best pain management services so you will have a seamless experience. We take your pain seriously and we do not want you to feel stressed about it. Contact us today to learn how to get started!

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Hear It From Them

See what our patients have to say about the level of care you can expect from North Rivers Dental Associates.

Kelley, cleaned my teeth in my visit today, and she was very courteous, funny, professional and helpful.

Mona T.

I have been going to Dr Emerson at North Rivers Dental for years now and every time I go I never had a bad experience.

Cynthia D.

Excellent service. All staff members are very polite and friendly while being professional at the same time. Always greeted byname makes you feel very special.

Dennis S.

I have been going to Dr Emerson at North Rivers Dental for years now and every time I go I never had a bad experience. Thank you all!

Cynthia D.

I have been going to North Rivers for 10+ years, I have always received excellent care, the staff is helpful and very friendly.

Glenn J.

Dr Cates is exceptionally talented in the dental profession. Everyone at North Rivers Dental are so helpful and friendly.

James T.

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