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The Anniversary of Laughing Gas

And What Happened to the "Inventor of Anesthesia" This month the American Dental Association celebrated the 174th year of anesthesia in dentistry. The first anesthetic specifically used for a dental procedure was nitrous oxide, commonly called “laughing gas.” On December 11th, 1844, Dr. Horace Wells, a...

herbs were the major form of painkiller in historical dentistry

The History of Painless Dentistry

Toothache, tooth decay and painful procedures were the mainstay of ancient dentistry. While practitioners of the dental craft have existed for thousands of years, their techniques often did little to relieve pain, although they generally relieved the patient of a tooth! Modern, painless dentistry is...