Dental Tips Blog

Dec
12

I’m Scared to Get My Wisdom Teeth Extracted!

If you’re terrified to think about having your third molars extracted, then you’re in good company. You can also be comforted by the fact that even though almost everyone is scared of having teeth pulled, they all get through it. You’ll be okay!

Here are a few thoughts to help lift your spirits.

Communicate

Don’t be shy about voicing your concerns to your dentist or oral surgeon. Even the assistants at the office will have great tips and friendly conversation to distract you. Feel free to ask any question you need to.

Focus On The Positives

Getting your wisdom teeth out is always the preferable option to all the bad that could result. If you leave third molars where they are, you could suffer:

  • Decay
  • Gum disease
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Pain 

Get Comfy

One thing that can help is to plan for a comfortable stay. Bring some relaxing music and earphones to your appointment. Wear comfy warm clothes – PJs are acceptable for dental appointments!

You Can Sleep Through The Whole Thing!

Most wisdom tooth extractions are performed while the patient is under IV sedation. If your local dental office doesn’t offer any sedative methods, they can refer you to a dental specialist who offers sedation dentistry that will help you stay at your comfort level during the procedure.

Don’t listen to those stories of people seeing and hearing scary things during their own tooth extraction. With a little sedative help, you won’t have to remember anything from your procedure.

Are you going to have your wisdom teeth taken out sometime soon? Plan a visit with your dentist to get all your questions and concerns resolved in advance.

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

Dec
5

Does Sedation Dentistry Work Like People Say It Does?

Do all those claims and advertisements to “sleep through treatment” sound too good to be true?

Sedation dentistry isn’t exactly like falling asleep on a comfy pillow in your own warm bed and waking up with all of your teeth miraculously fixed.

But the good news is that it does come pretty close to that.

How Sedation Works

When you’re sedated, you aren’t “asleep.” Rather, your consciousness is altered. You’ll actually be awake, able to respond to questions and instructions. The dentist may ask periodically if you’re comfortable, if you need anything, and so on.

So what’s the point of being sedated, then?

Your body will be extremely relaxed. Your perception of discomfort and anxiety will be drastically changed so that you won’t care about what’s going on around you. Being sedated is very helpful if you can’t handle needles. Once your mind is off in la-la land, it’ll be much easier to accept the pain-numbing anesthesia.

As an added bonus, you’ll experience a sort of medical amnesia after treatment. You won’t remember much after it’s all done. This is why you’ll “wake up” from your appointment feeling like you slept deeply.

Sedation Options

Sedation as offered in dentistry tends to come in three main forms:

  • Oral pills or syrup
  • IV medication
  • Laughing gas (inhaled)

To find out which method will give you the perfectly relaxing dental experience (finally!), contact your local dentist. Your dentist will let you know your options and give you some real-life testimonials to help you get an idea of just how well sedation dentistry works.

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

Nov
8

What Is IV Sedation in Dentistry?

Lots of people who struggle with severe dental anxiety choose to get through treatment with the help of IV sedation.

Many dental offices are equipped to provide a sedation experience through an intravenous flow of safe sedative drugs. Often, a dental anesthesiologist works with the dentist. But many dentists become qualified themselves to provide IV sedation by taking rigid accreditation training.

How IV Sedation Works

A needle is inserted into a vein, usually on the back of the hand. The IV solution contains the medication that puts you under moderate sedation. You won’t be completely “knocked out” and neither will you be asleep. Instead, the drug works in two ways:

  • Reducing your sensitivity to pain and discomfort
  • Producing a kind of amnesia so that you don’t remember anything that happened

In addition to IV sedation, you will still need local anesthetic to numb the area the dentist is working on. The professional controlling the sedative will monitor your vital signs and adjust the amount dripping into your body, according to your need.

What To Expect With IV Sedation

The strange part is that during the procedure you will be able to answer questions and respond to directions. For example, the dentist may ask whether you can feel anything after getting a shot. You’ll answer, but it’s going to feel like it didn’t happen because you don’t remember it!

Is IV Dental Sedation Right For You?

Visit your dentist to find out which kind of dental sedation will help make your next appointment a restful one. If IV sedation isn’t available near you, your dentist may still offer an alternative that can keep you just as comfortable.

Posted on behalf of:
Town Center Dental
1110 State Route 55, Suite 107
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 486-4572

Oct
30

How to Numb Your Teeth Without a Needle

Dental treatment can be scary. Dentists aim to make patients as comfortable as possible with the help of local anesthesia. But getting the numbing shot might be the scariest part of the appointment for you!

Happily, there are some ways to comfortably sit through your procedure without being in morbid fear of that nasty needle.

  1. The Wand

This anesthesia device uses a computer to monitor the rate of drug flow. It looks like a lightweight pen and results in very specific application. Patients usually don’t feel a thing when a dentist uses the Wand to numb a tooth.

  1. Take A “Topical” Retreat

You don’t have to go straight for the pinch of the needle. Most dentist who provide numbing shots first place a little topical numbing jelly on the gums where the needle is supposed to go. This way, it won’t sting when you do get the shot.

Keep in mind that the numbing jelly in itself probably won’t be enough to numb your tooth for a procedure. It really is only skin-deep!

  1. Numb Your Senses

Plenty of dental offices offer dental sedation techniques that help dull your perception of pain. Laughing gas or an oral sedative can help you relax your way through any scary situation. A little sedation will ease your anxiety and make it easier to get the shot.

A numbing shot is almost always essential if you want to dull pain during a dental appointment. It’s the best way to deliver the medicine directly to the nerves of your teeth. But talking with your dentist will help you figure out other ways of working around the pinch of the needle!

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

Oct
16

What Does it Feel Like to Get Dental Sedation?

“Sleep through your treatment!”

“You won’t remember a thing!”

“Banish dental phobia forever!”

You’ve heard a lot about sedation dentistry. Although it sounds like an ideal setup, you’re a little concerned about what to expect.

Here’s an idea of what you might experience with dental sedation.

Nitrous oxide: This is a colorless and odorless gas that you inhale through a nosepiece. The gas is a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen.

What you’ll feel: The nasal hood might be pleasantly scented and the air will feel cool, but there’s nothing uncomfortable about the process. Within minutes, your head may buzz, hearing may dim, and your limbs grow numb. You might feel weightless and the sensation could bring on a case of the giggles. You remain conscious the entire time. The effects wear off instantly.

Oral sedative: This comes in a pill or syrup that you take within an hour or so of your procedure. This sedative is only available with a prescription.

What you’ll feel: Although you don’t lose consciousness, you’ll get very sleepy and numb. You will respond to questions and commands during treatment but you won’t remember much afterwards. The medication can last for an hour or so after the procedure.

IV sedation: A needle inserted into a vein provides a steady stream of anesthesia that acts much like the oral version. The effects are also similar to the oral sedative.

What You’ll feel: When you wake up, you’ll feel groggy like you took a heavy nap. It can take a couple of hours for the effects to fully wear off.

Have an open discussion with your dentist well before the procedure so you can select the sedation option that’s safest and most comfortable for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Converse Dentistry
6634 Binz-Engleman Rd #109
Converse, TX 78109
(210) 960-8204

Oct
16

5 Ways to Relax for Your Dental Appointment

Most of us get a little nervous before having dental treatment. Even if you don’t have a full-out dental phobia, the anxiety is enough to ruin your day. What can you do to de-stress before the distress? Dental professionals recommend the following effective tricks.

  1. Bring Warm Layers!

Your body tends to relax when you stay comfortably warm. It’s easier to put on layers in a dental office rather than take them off, so you may find your local dental office to be a little cool. Take your favorite warm blanket to your appointment or dress in loose but warm clothing.

  1. Essential Oils

Yes, a lot of dental professionals love the smell of toothpaste, rubber gloves, and alcohol wipes. But if you prefer to not let those scents remind you where you are, apply a few drops of calming oil like lavender to your upper chest.

  1. Music Is A Must

Dentists commonly advise patients to bring along their favorite music and earphones. This drowns out the unwelcome drilling noises!

  1. Eat A Light Breakfast

Unless instructed otherwise for medical reasons, make sure you have a little healthy food in your stomach. You’ll stay in control of your system when your body is properly fueled. Low blood sugar and a “hangry” attitude won’t help you find your Zen in the dental chair!

  1. Dental Sedation

If all else fails, dental sedation is an excellent option for those who suffer from dental anxiety.  Dental sedation ranges from a mild sedative such as nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) to stronger oral conscious sedation and IV sleep sedation.

Ask your local dental team for more tips on getting your chill on before your teeth get their drill on!

Posted on behalf of:
Smile Avenue Family Dentistry
9212 Fry Rd #120
Cypress, TX 77433
(281) 656-1503

Oct
8

Will My Insurance Cover Dental Sedation?

Sedation as used in dentistry can help patients who:

  • Need lengthy or multiple treatments
  • Have a hard time sitting still in the dental chair
  • Suffer from dental phobia
  • Can’t tolerate needles

You may be thinking about getting sedation to improve your next dental treatment experience. Whether laughing gas, an oral medication, or an IV drip, there’s a method that’s sure to fit your needs. But who is going to foot the bill? 

Dental Sedation Insurance Coverage

Most insurances treat sedation therapy as an unnecessary “extra” in dental care. Veneers, teeth whitening, and dental sedation tend to be lumped together in the luxury category. If you want to try a sedative method, then you’ll likely have to pay for that out of pocket.

Medical insurance may pick up the cost if sedation is absolutely necessary to ensure you get the dental treatment you need. Your dental insurance may also provide some coverage, but the sedation cost will probably be taken out of your regular dental benefits.

Your best bet is to contact your insurer directly to find out what benefits you’re entitled to and even to get a pre-determination.

How To Afford Dental Sedation

You may try a dental savings plan which doesn’t cap your benefits but helps you get a discount on any procedure. Talk with your local dental office about in-office financing and payment plans that can make sedation dentistry a reality. Some types of sedation are more affordable than others!

Don’t let worry over the cost of dental sedation hold you back from giving it a try. Your dental office will help you find the best way to afford any procedure you need.

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

Sep
29

How Long Does Dental Sedation Last?

Are you curious how long dental sedation will “knock you out?” For starters, which kind of dental sedation do you plan on having? The human body responds differently to each kind.

Nitrous Oxide

Better known as laughing gas, nitrogen is administered via a hose that you breathe in from. It’s mixed with oxygen and delivered slowly until it achieves the optimum effect on you. Then, trained dental staff closely monitor you and maintain that level of comfort with the inhaled gas.

As soon as your treatment is done, the dentist or assistant will switch you back to oxygen until the gas mixture has left your system. Within a matter of minutes, you’re back to normal.

Oral Sedation

Some dental offices will give you a medication to take about an hour before treatment. That’s how long it takes for the sedative to kick in. The drug will stay in your system for nearly 24 hours, but it is only fully effective for about two to four hours until it starts wearing off.

Even if you feel back to your usual self soon after your dental sedation appointment, it’s still advised to avoid driving for the rest of the day.

IV Sedation

Much like nitrous oxide, IV-administered sedation is kept at a constant level for as long as treatment lasts. This kind is best for lengthy procedures since it can be delivered continuously without worry of it wearing off. Once your treatment is done, the IV is stopped.

The effects of IV sedation begin to fade almost immediately, but you will feel woozy for some time. You should have a companion escort you home after treatment and keep an eye on you for some time.

Ask your dentist which dental sedation method is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565

Aug
3

Is Dental Sedation Safe for Children?

Dental sedation uses specific drugs to help someone relax during a procedure. It’s used for patients of all ages, but is especially good for children who may be too young or nervous to tolerate treatment.

Sedation keeps the routine treatments routine; and the complicated procedures simpler and comfortable.

Sedation in Pediatric Dentistry

Kids qualify for the same dental sedation techniques as adults do. The doses are just a lot smaller!

These include oral medication, laughing gas, IV-administered sedative, and general anesthesia. If your child ever needs general anesthesia, that’s provided in a hospital or dental surgery.

The other methods are very low-risk to administer as long as everything is carefully planned.

Make Sedation Dentistry Safer

Parents play a key role in ensuring that their child enjoys a safe and successful procedure. It’s essential to follow the dentist’s instructions to a T.

These often include:

  • Dietary restrictions in the hours before treatment
  • Dressing the child in loose-fitting clothing
  • Sharing the child’s complete medical history
  • Not bringing along other kids who can cause a distraction
  • Comforting their child

Everyone is closely monitored during sedation treatment, but kids in particular. The dental team will be constantly checking things like blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate.

There’s no reason to be nervous about kids getting sedation when everyone does their part to keep treatment safe!

When Your Child Needs Sedation

Remember that sedation helps your child to stay safe and relaxed during delicate dental procedures. They’ll feel much better about dozing or giggling their way through treatment than struggling in fear and frustration.

Talk with your dentist about which sedation options are best for your family.

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

Jul
31

Is Laughing Gas Dangerous?

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a colorless gas that depresses the nervous system. It dulls pain and mildly alters awareness. Sounds may be distorted and some people report feeling numb or tingling limbs while inhaling this gas.

This may sound more like a street drug than a medical treatment. In reality, nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe anesthetic used by many dentists for mild dental sedation to help relieve anxiety and make dental treatment more comfortable. But, go back nearly two centuries, and you’ll find that N2O was the complete opposite of a medical standard.

Soon after the discovery of this gas, it became a carnival attraction. Whole crowds would assemble to breathe in nitrous oxide and revel in the effects. When a dentist in the 1840s attempted to use nitrous as an anesthetic, he was ridiculed.

Nowadays, we know that recreational use of nitrous oxide can be dangerous. This is primarily because inhaling too much of the gas by itself can deprive your brain of oxygen.

Today’s dentists administer the gas in the safest way possible. The flow is combined with an oxygen tank so that the patients never lose too much air. Only trained dental professionals can give someone nitrous oxide.

On the plus side, nitrous has no residual effects and doesn’t accumulate in the system. Each dose is carefully measured and can be almost instantly reversed, if needed. It’s a very low-stress anesthesia technique that’s popular for children’s appointments.

The FDA regulates the use of nitrous oxide and you can rest assured that the controlled setting of a dental office is a safe place to use it. If you want to ease dental anxiety, ask your dentist whether laughing gas is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Town Center Dental
1110 State Route 55, Suite 107
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 486-4572

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