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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

Aug
19

Oral Sedation in Dentistry: What Your Dentist Needs to Know

Sedation in the form of oral medication is very popular in dentistry. It allows you to relax to the point that it feels like you napped through treatment! Sedation will make it easier for you to tolerate the anesthetic needles and noisy drills.

For oral sedation to be safe and effective, a few precautions are necessary. One of these precautions is filling in your dentist or oral surgeon on some vital details.

Use this information as a rough guide to get you started before you have a procedure under oral sedation.

Current Medical Conditions

Give your dentist a complete history of the medical conditions you are being treated for. This helps him or her to prescribe the safest form of sedation that’s right for you.

Current Medications

Mixing medications can have a serious negative effect. Provide you dentist with a detailed list of all your prescription drugs and dosages. Be sure to include over the counter medicines. Even herbal supplements should be included on the list as some can interact with oral sedatives.

Other Drugs

Even smoking and alcohol can affect how well the oral sedative works. Report the use and frequency of such substances to your dentist.

Work and Other Obligations

Let your dentist know about what you expect to do on the day of your appointment. Some medications will only affect you for a few hours. You generally need to arrange for a ride to and from your appointment. You shouldn’t drive or operate machinery while you have the sedative in your system. Discuss this openly with your prescribing doctor so that there is no confusion about what you should or shouldn’t do!

With forethought, open communication, and advance planning, your next sedation dentistry appointment can be a successful one!

Posted on behalf of:
Siena Dental
10075 S Eastern Ave # 107
Henderson, NV 89052-3974
(702) 567-0000

Sep
8

Choosing the Right Sedation Dentist

Sedation dentistry is not recommended in all cases nor for all dental procedures. Sedation is recommended on an individual-basis. If you feel that you experience dental anxiety to a point that prevents you from pursuing necessary dental treatment, then you may very well benefit from visiting a sedation dentist.

What should you know about sedation dentistry, and how can you find the right place?

It is helpful to know that there are different levels of awareness in sedation dentistry and that they vary in methods of administration. Some offices may provide general anesthesia, which renders you completely unconscious. Intravenous (IV) sedation allows you to be responsive during a procedure, but you will have no memory of it afterwards. The use of IV sedation and general anesthesia for dental procedures is commonly referred to as “sleep dentistry.” Lastly, oral or inhaled sedation are among the lighter forms which help you to feel relaxed during treatment.

In searching for the right sedation dentist, be mindful that you want a caring and patient practitioner. It is important that you feel you can trust the professional who will be delivering essential dental treatment while you have little to no awareness. Take your time and be thorough in your search.

One very helpful thing you can do is ask your regular dentist about anesthesia options available at the office you presently visit. Chances are there are more than one or two options for you to choose from. Ask your dentist which licenses that they carry, so you can be sure that you have only a qualified dentist performing your sedation procedure.

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

Dec
5

The Ease and Convenience of Oral Sedation

What is oral sedation? Oral sedation is a form of sleep dentistry medicine that uses a prescription sedative to help the patient relax for a few hours at a time. The medication is taken by mouth about one hour prior to the appointment, so that the full effects have been achieved before treatment is scheduled to begin. In some cases the patient may be given a second dose of sedative at the time of treatment to further enhance their level of comfort.

The prescription medication that is used for oral sedation is also an amnesiac. That means most patients remember absolutely nothing (or extremely little) about their appointment at all. However, you’ll be semi-conscious enough to be led into the treatment room, follow basic instructions, and respond to simple yes-or-no questions. It will almost feel as if you are taking a very heavy nap and are in a dream-like state of mind.

It’s important to have someone such as a friend or family member drive you to and from your sedation dentistry appointment, since you will be unable to drive yourself. Most medication wears off within a few hours, giving you time to return back home and get comfortable after your procedure.

Oral sedation can be used on patients of all ages. It is a great way to sit back, relax, and have all of your oral care needs taken care of at one appointment. Most healthy individuals are candidates for oral sedation, but your dentist will perform a health history review and screening to determine whether or not you are a candidate for the procedure. Call your dentist to ask about adding oral sedation to your next treatment visit!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Nov
17

Three Reasons Why You Should Consider Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is an easy and convenient way for you to enjoy your dental care experience. A lot of people come to the dentist wondering if they are candidates for this treatment option, or are embarrassed to ask. Here are 3 reasons why you should ask your dentist about sedation for your next treatment appointment:

Dental care makes you nervous.

From minor nervousness to full blown anxiety, sedation dentistry is exactly what you want when you need to relax. It does not matter if you love getting your teeth cleaned but feel nervous about your procedure or simply hate going to the dentist – people with a variety of comfort levels find sedation to be a relaxing option for them. 

Your have a lengthy treatment plan.

When you have a lot of treatment that needs to be completed, you may want to schedule it all at one time to get it over with, or not want to sit through a lengthy procedure. Sedation dentistry allows you to complete very large cases when you feel like you’re taking a nap through the entire thing. 

You want to tune it all out.

If you just don’t want to really know what’s going on or hear all of the noises and sounds of a dental office, then sedation can help you tune it all out. Different levels of sedation are available based on how conscious you want to feel or be during the treatment. If you would rather just have your dentist complete all of your care and not know what’s going on, then sedation is right for you!

What’s your reason for asking about sedation dentistry? Call your dentist today to find out about the affordability and options that sedation dentistry can offer.

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

Jun
4

Light Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide has been used in dentistry for years and years. It is one of the quickest and safest methods of sedation dentistry that helps patients feel comfortable and relaxed throughout their procedures. No matter what type of treatment is being completed, nitrous oxide can almost always be requested by the patient. Many people don’t realize that they can ask for it even during a simple visit like a cleaning!

The way nitrous oxide is delivered (inhalation) makes the rapid onset and termination of the gas very straightforward and easy to achieve. For most people, breathing in the gas combined with a rich oxygen airflow is easy. The only time it is typically contraindicated is when the patient has a difficult time breathing through their nose, due to allergies or sinus congestion. Within about 5 minutes, most patients begin to feel their muscles relax, and a warm feeling through their fingers and toes. From children to adults, nitrous is useful on patients of all ages! Many children that have laughing gas during their procedure never even realize that they are receiving anesthetics or having their tooth prepared. As soon as the treatment is completed, patients are placed on 100% oxygen for at least 5 minutes. This allows all nitrous oxide gas to clear their respiratory and circulatory systems, and for the effects to be completely reversed. Adults are capable of driving themselves home or back to work.

It is extremely safe to use nitrous oxide in the dental office. Only licensed professionals can monitor a patient that has been given nitrous by the dentist. A team member will sit with the patient at all times, constantly monitoring vital signs until the use of the gas has been completed.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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Jan
27

What if I Have Not Been to the Dentist in Years?

There are a number of reasons why people do not visit the dentist for regular preventative care.  While some people cannot afford regular dental care and others cannot make time, most do not come due to a fear of the dentist and what the dentist will find.  Often this fear of the dentist results in relatively minor dental issues becoming major dental problems over time.  Ultimately it is the pain of a neglected dental problem, which finally persuades these people to become patients at a dental office.

It is important to know that there is no need to wait, until the pain is unbearable, before visiting the dentist; no mater how long it has been!  Dentists are medical professionals and understand that some patients are very uncomfortable having any sort of dental work done.  The goal of the dentist is to first make the patient relaxed and comfortable and then to fix their dental issues, while not being judgmental on the circumstances leading up to the dental visit and the patient’s dental issues.

One of the great tools available to dentists and fearful patients alike is a variety of oral medications and gases, which will completely relax the anxious patient.  Sedation dentistry allows the patient to be completely relaxed during the procedure, which allows the dentist the ability to perform multiple procedures in a single visit.

Once the procedures are complete, the patient will be made comfortable, as they heal at home.  In most cases, patients, who have not seen a dentist in years, report that the only pain and discomfort that was experienced existed before they went to the dentist!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park

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