Dental Tips Blog

Jun
20

Moms-to-Be and Dental Anesthesia Safety

Are you an expectant mom?

While you’re eager to welcome your new baby, you aren’t looking forward to getting dental work. For the sake of you and your baby’s health, however, you might not be able to postpone treatment.

Keep these guidelines in mind for safe and comfortable dental treatment during pregnancy:

When Should Pregnant Women Get Dental Treatment?

It’s best to avoid “invasive” dental treatment during the first trimester. That’s when your baby is going through the most significant changes. Your child’s development can easily be affected by medications during those critical first three months.

The second semester is a good time to get necessary dental work done. It’s safer for your baby and easier on you. All non-essential treatment (like teeth whitening) can wait until after your baby is born.

Anytime you have an oral infection, however, you should not wait to get that treated. The bacteria could harm your baby!

Lower Anxiety

Reducing stress on your body is healthier for you and for your growing baby. You’ll want to reduce anxiety and discomfort during those necessary dental visits.

Category B anesthetic injections are considered safe during pregnancy. This means that you can get numbing shots for dental treatment without any risk to your baby.

Dental sedation medications are not recommended for pregnant women, but your dentist can give you safe alternatives, if needed.

Healthy Smile, Healthy Baby!

A study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) last year found that there is no connection between dental treatment with anesthetics and negative pregnancy outcomes.

Despite common misconception, dental treatment is actually beneficial to your developing baby’s health. Schedule a visit to your local dentist for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Mercy Dental
1905 East Monte Cristo Road
Edinburg TX 78542
956-404-0220

Jun
9

Why Give Dental Sedation A Try?

Dental sedation is not as complicated as it may sound.

It’s simply when your dentist gives you either an oral or IV medication to help you relax during your treatment. Your dentist will review your medical history in advance and even consult your doctor to find out which kind of sedation is best for you.

Why should you look into “sleep dentistry?”

Sedation Can Speed Up The Longest Procedures

Some patients don’t have any dental phobias at all. Even so, they would prefer to doze their way through procedures that could take several hours. Sedation dentistry is common for things like:

  • Multiple tooth extractions
  • Root canals
  • Smile makeovers

It’s also not a bad idea to get a lot of little dental procedures done in one sitting. Sedation can help you comfortably sit through all that treatment just so you can get it over with in one day.

Anxiety Is Bad For Your System

If you struggle with anxiety every time you see that dental chair, your body could be suffering more than you realize. Stress floods your system with cortisol, a hormone that can affect blood sugar levels, belly fat, and your immune system.

Give your body a break by relaxing with the help of some sedative medication.

Kick Dental Fear To The Curb – For Good!

All it takes is one bad dental experience to scare you away from the dentist for good.

But one or two surprisingly pleasant appointments could be enough to restore your confidence in dentistry. Try some sedation for one or two procedures and see how much better you’ll feel.

Ask your local dentist about the sedation option that’s right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Cosmetic Dentist of Hayward
27206 Calaroga Ave #216
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 782-7821

Jun
4

Laughter is the Best Medicine . . . For Dental Anxiety?

Do you struggle with overcoming irrational fears before each dental appointment?

Even if you don’t have a serious phobia, it’s still possible for dental anxiety to keep you away from the dentist for months at a time.

As surprising as it may sound, laughter could be your key to relaxing during dental visits. Here’s how.

Nitrous Oxide To Ease Anxiety

Better known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a combination of nitrogen and oxygen that you breathe in to alleviate anxiety. No one has figured out yet exactly how it works, but it does help dull your nervous system.  Sedation dentistry with laughing gas can provide comfortable, anxiety-free dental care.

Laughing gas won’t knock you out cold, but it dulls your ability to feel pain. It also induces a sense of weightlessness and well-being. Some patients who try it feel like they can fly during their appointment. Limbs grow numb, sounds become dim, and you might even be overcome with a case of the giggles.

Is Laughing Gas Safe?

Nitrous oxide doesn’t really have any side-effect. It doesn’t interact with much, either. This makes it safe for most patients, especially children.  Where it gets a little tricky is when a person has a breathing obstruction. Laughing gas must be inhaled through the nose. If you have blocked sinuses at the time of your appointment, then tough luck, the laughing gas probably won’t work.

Tips For Managing Dental Anxiety

Nitrous oxide is just one of many ways that you can calm your fears about dental treatment. To find out whether laughing gas is right for you and how else you can relax your anxiety, contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429

May
25

Dental Sedation Could Eliminate Your Anxiety

How do you feel when you envision a trip to the dentist’s office?

Like many other people, you might break into a cold sweat and feel your stomach sink into your shoes. Dental fear is more common than you may realize. You might also be surprised to learn that it’s actually pretty easy to deal with.

Sleep Through Treatment

By taking an oral or IV-administered medication, you could doze your way through any dental procedure. Sedation at this level doesn’t render you completely unconscious – you’ll still be able to respond to directions and questions. But you won’t remember much or care about anything that’s going on at the time. It makes it easier to get numbing shots, too.

Who knows? After a few sessions with dental sedation, you could feel so confident about treatment that you’ll never need sedation again.

Take the First Step

Be assured that simply calling a dental office or walking in does not mean that you must sit in a dental chair and have treatment. It’s okay to just have a visit to get familiar with the place and get to know the team. You can have a perfectly relaxing meeting with the dentist to ask all your questions free from the pressure of being in the chair. You’ll learn about sedation options and other techniques for reducing anxiety.

Your dental team is on your side! They want to do everything possible to make you comfortable so that you can get the smile-saving treatment you deserve.

Take that first step by simply calling or emailing your local dental practice for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

May
3

3 Ways Dental Sedation Could Improve Your Treatment Experience

Nowadays, it’s only been getting easier to access sedation in the dental setting. If you’ve always concluded that it’s not right for you, then you could be missing out on some key benefits.

  1. Get More Done in One Appointment

Conscious sedation is available in many dental offices, as oral or intravenous medication can help you “sleep” through your treatment. This is ideal in cases where you need to have an extensive procedure done such as the extraction of all four wisdom teeth.

You may need a lot of dental work but have few free days that you can schedule treatment on.  Sleep sedation can make it much easier and more comfortable to get all of your dental work completed at one time.

  1. Ease the Anxiety from Your System

Maybe you don’t feel that you have a true dental phobia. Even still, dentistry can make some people feel stressed. It’s hard work to sit with your mouth open for a long time. All the noises from machines and vacuums can be distracting, bright lights irritating, and strange medical smells nauseating.

This kind of anxiety can be draining to your system, so even a mild sedative can relieve you of unnecessary anxiety.

  1. Face Down Dental Fears

How about that famous fear of needles that many people have?

You might need a numbing shot to help the dentist do the job right, but you can avoid the scary pinch by having a dose of sedative medication beforehand. A safe prescription will help you make those tough parts of the appointment easier to bear.

Ask your dentist about the sedation options available near you

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Apr
17

What Does Dental Sedation Feel Like?

If you’ve never experienced the feeling of being unconscious, then the idea of having dental sedation can seem a little scary.

Different Kinds of Sedation

Most dental sedation techniques keep you conscious. They aren’t all exactly alike but they all mainly work by relieving anxiety and making you forget the procedure.

Three sedation strategies commonly used in dentistry include:

  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • Oral medication
  • IV-administered medication

What to Expect

An IV-administered sedative is the only kind that can make you truly unconscious. Even the level of anesthesia will be carefully monitored by the dental team. They can give you just what is necessary to treat you successfully. This method is the one that lets you really sleep through treatment.

Oral conscious sedation medications come in pill or syrup form. You might take them on arrival at the dental office, or one or two hours before arriving. These medications will make you feel very relaxed and care-free. You won’t be bothered by needles, drills, or anything else. You probably won’t even remember anything, but this method doesn’t make you conscious.

Laughing gas is the lightest form of sedation. It’s easily reversed because you simply exhale the gas and it leaves your system. You’ll wear a light rubber hood over your nose and gently breath in the air that flows through it. The hood might be scented with something yummy like vanilla or orange.

This gas makes your head feel light and you might get a case of the giggles! Patients usually report tingling limbs, dulled hearing, and a flying sensation.

Talk with your dentist about which dental sedation option is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Apr
15

Comfortable Dental Anesthesia – Is Needle-Free Possible?

When it comes down to it, there’s no way you can be totally numb without some form of an injection. Your dentist needs to use a needle to deliver the anesthesia into the site where the nerves are.

Happily, there are ways to make this experience a much more pleasant one for those with a fear of needles! The best news is that you may never even feel the injection.

Wish Away Worries with The “Wand”

The Wand is a computerized system that makes traditional anesthesia injections much more comfortable by:

  • Delivering a constant and smooth flow of medication so that it doesn’t burn
  • Helping the dentist detect the ideal site for injection and avoid reinjection
  • Using a lightweight “wand” instead of a traditional bulky needle so that the operator has a clearer view and more gentle touch

Numbing Jelly: Your Best Friend

Sometimes, all you might need is a little topical numbing gel on your gums so you don’t feel the pinch of the needle. In fact, many dentists have a standard of practicing this way. Dental offices all have flavored jellies that contain ingredients similar to an oral numbing gel you’d find in a drugstore.

A dab of this jelly could set you up for a very comfortable injection.

Give Sedation Dentistry a Try

Whether you try a little laughing gas or take a pill before your appointment, chances are there’s a technique that’s right for you. Light sedation can help you relax immensely. In fact, you’ll feel so good you’ll probably either giggle or snooze your way through the numbing!

Ask your local dentist about which techniques he or she uses to make their anesthesia injections as comfortable as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Horizon Dental Care
1615 Williams Dr.
Georgetown, TX 78628
512-864-9911

Feb
14

Is It Safe for Kids to Have Dental Sedation?

Like all loving parents, you want the best for your child. You’ve heard a lot about sedation dentistry and you wonder if it’s a good idea for your kids to have it.

Kinds of Sedation Available

Nitrous Oxide – Also known as laughing gas, this option is great because it has no side-effects or known allergies. It can be instantly reversed and gives kids a giggly feeling.

Oral – Pills or a syrup can help kids relax without making them unconscious. They probably won’t remember what happened or even care about what’s happening during treatment.

Intravenous (General) – Specialists trained in this will monitor your child the entire time they “sleep” during the procedure.

Why Your Dentist May Recommend Sedation

Children might need sedation if:

  • They have special needs that make it difficult for them to sit still
  • They need treatment at a very young age
  • They are especially nervous in the dental chair
  • Your dentist needs to perform a lengthy or complex procedure

Make Sedation a Safe Experience

Happily, you can play a part. Make sure that you follow the doctor’s orders exactly when it comes to preparing your child for treatment. This includes any directions about whether or not they can have breakfast on the day of the procedure.

Keep your tone and demeanor upbeat when you discuss the procedure with your child. It won’t help them if they pick up on your fear and anxiety! Do all you can to help them feel secure and comfortable after the sedation wears off. Lastly, trust that the medical staff at the office know exactly what to do and have your child’s best interests at heart.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Feb
6

Novocain Allergies – Do you Have One?

Most dental restorations such as fillings, crowns, and root canals require that the tooth be numbed before your dentist can begin the restoration work.  For some patients, their fear of a shot is worse than the actual dental treatment.

Certain people need to worry about more than just a small pinch. Allergies to anesthetics in dentistry are rare, but they do happen. Do you suspect that you may have one?

Inside Novocain

Novocain was a specific drug that is traditionally used in dentistry. It’s not the only one, however. A lot of patients use the word “Novocain” to refer to a numbing shot, but your dentist probably uses other drugs since Novocain has become outdated. Lidocaine is actually the most common, these days. Ask your dentist what kinds he or she has available.

It’s not just the anesthetic itself that you might be allergic to. A numbing shot contains other elements that help the drug to work faster and longer. When people have a reaction to anesthesia, it’s often because of the epinephrine in it. Check with your doctor to see whether you need to avoid epinephrine. Your dentist can offer you shots that don’t contain this ingredient, if necessary.

Is It an Allergy?

Anesthesia is complicated, making it hard to predict how individuals will respond. The hard part is that there isn’t a very definitive way to screen for a sensitivity to most anesthetic drugs themselves. You usually find out through experience which shots work well for you.

A true allergy to an anesthetic will manifest itself in signs like:

  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Sneezing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating

If you feel a little pinch or discomfort during the injection, don’t worry, it’s probably not an allergy! But should a real problem arise, your dentist will know what to do.

Posted on behalf of:
Northampton Dental
24036 Kuykendahl Rd Suite 300
Tomball, TX 77375
(832) 639-6350

Jan
25

10 Ways to Relax Away That Dental Anxiety

Dental fear is real and often incapacitating.

You might be sick of hearing others tell you that dental care is “no big deal” and “why don’t you just get over it.”

Instead of fooling yourself into believing that you don’t really need dental treatment, try these techniques for conquering your fears at your own pace.

  1. Bring along a book, electronic game, or word search puzzle to distract your mind.
  2. Get comfy with a blanket and pillow from home.
  3. Drown out terrifying background noises with music or a audio-book in a set of earphones.
  4. Establish a system of signals with your dentist so that you can calmly let him or her know you need a break.
  5. If you have a strong gag reflex, aim to close your eyes, breathe through your nose, and wiggle your toes during scary moments. This really helps direct your senses away from your mouth!
  6. Bring along a supportive friend or family member for the companionship.
  7. Eat a light meal an hour or two before your appointment.
  8. Schedule treatment at the least stressful time of your day.
  9. Try aromatherapy with some soothing essential oil or scented lotion that will help you ignore any unusual smells in the office.
  10. Ask your dentist about dental sedation options.

You don’t need to let anyone make you feel bad for having an uncontrollable fear. But neither do you need to let that fear control you! You deserve a healthy, comfortable, and beautiful smile, no matter what.

Posted on behalf of:
Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 376-4157

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