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Dec
26

4 Reasons to Consider Sedation Dentistry

Still not convinced that sedation dentistry is right for you? Whatever your reasons are, that’s ok. Most people still wonder if sedation is appropriate for their individual needs, regardless of what they are.

If you haven’t given sedation dentistry a thought before, here are 4 reasons why you should:

Certified Sedation Providers

Only licensed sedation dentists are allowed to provide sedation services in their office. That means if your dentist offers IV or oral sedation – he or she has gone through extensive training and licensure to provide that service. You will be carefully monitored the entire time.

Ultimate Relaxation

What more can be said for relaxing during your trip to the dentist? Sedation can make it feel like you’re taking a nap and don’t have a care in the world. If you have even the slightest hint of anxiety or nervousness, sedation can put your mind at ease!

Complete More Treatment at Once

Let’s say you’re going through full mouth rehabilitation, a smile makeover, or a root canal and a few fillings. Longer procedures are often broken up into several shorter ones. Why? To keep you comfortable. Sitting through a long treatment isn’t just boring, it can also leave you feeling numb all over. But – if you choose sedation dentistry for your procedure, your dentist can complete just about everything all at once!

Safe for All Ages

Sedation is safe for both adults and children. All you need is a thorough health history review to screen for any risk factors that may contraindicate sedation.

Are you ready for the most relaxing dental appointment ever? Ask your dentist about sedation today!

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

 

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

Jul
24

When You’re too Embarrassed to Ask About Sedation

Sedation dentistry is a great option if you’re nervous about going to the dentist, have a longer-than-usual treatment procedure or simply have had bad experiences with dentists in the past. While it’s a perfect choice for just about everyone, many people are still embarrassed to ask whether or not sedation is an option for them – feeling that they will be judged by the dental team as someone who can’t sit through a routine procedure. Not so!

Remember, Your Dentist Wants You to be Comfortable

Each of us has a different level of comfort, and each type of dental procedure feels different as well. When it comes down to it, even a mild case of the nerves can impact how the procedure goes. For the absolute best outcome without the “what ifs,” ask your dentist about having sedation added on to the appointment.

Sedation Makes Your Visit More Efficient

One of the most crucial parts about your entire procedure is managing your comfort and ensuring that nothing hurts. When you choose sedation, your comfort level is dramatically increased. This makes it possible for your dentist to work much more efficiently and reduces the length of the entire procedure. 

Even if You’ve Never Needed Sedation Before, You Can Try Something New

Being able to “tough out” dental treatment just because you have in the past isn’t a good enough reason to avoid sedation dentistry. In fact, it’s all the more reason to try it out to see how it works for you!

Enjoy a new type of care approach where you can sit back, relax, and let your dentist do the rest! Ask about sedation during your next treatment.

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

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

Jul
3

Better Dental Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

It’s more important now than ever to get routine oral care, especially if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia. Even if dementia or Alzheimer’s runs in your family, it can be important to put your oral health high on your list of priorities, as recent studies suggest active gum disease may trigger the advancement of such diseases. This information is based on the spread of gum disease bacteria through the bloodstream, which can then deteriorate neurons inside of the brain, causing memory loss.

Getting dental care early on before problems arise or decay progresses will help keep patients more comfortable. Alzheimer’s dental care can be a challenge because many people with Alzheimers disease have a difficult time managing or communicating needs regarding oral pain, and have an even harder time managing their own oral health. Keeping treatment needs smaller and more affordable can be done by treating them as soon as they are diagnosed.

Because lack of self care does result in many Alzheimer patients being dependent on wearing dentures or other types of removable appliances, sore spots and ill-fitting dentures are another big problem. Make sure your loved one is removing their denture each night and soaking it in water. This allows the gum tissues throughout the mouth to have a rest, reducing infections and preserving bone levels. Forgetting to take dentures out can cause bone to recede quicker, resulting in loose-fitting dentures or sores. Many people will notice a loss in weight, due to the difficulty of eating with a poor-fitting appliance.

It’s important to get routine preventive care even if you wear dentures. Your loved one with Alzheimer disease should be seeing a dentist at least twice a year to screen for oral anomalies and damage to existing teeth.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman

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Jun
10

Improving Appointments for Children with Autism

Going to the dentist should be a positive experience for everyone, regardless of whatever their individual needs may be. Special physical needs or conditions such as autism and asberger’s syndrome can present additional barriers to be overcome between the patient and experienced dental team. There are a few things parents can do for their child before the visit to the dentist to help improve the overall experience.

Let the dental team know how the child communicates best, and phrases or actions to use (or not use.) If your child is non-verbal, then talk to the office about taking pictures of their facility to laminate and make a flip book for your child to use at the time of the appointment. The pictures and words can familiarize the child with what will happen before they arrive, especially if you’ve gotten a step-by-step outline of the appointment from your office. For instance, first pictures of the teeth will be taken, and a photo of a child sitting in the x-ray chair would be appropriate.

Schedule appointments first thing in the morning, and eat a balanced breakfast that improves self-regulation. An early appointment usually means children are well-rested from the night before. Also, focusing on the appropriate foods that help your child self-regulate can keep them focused better. For some children, this means eating a higher-protein meal before their appointment. Just remember not to keep it very heavy, especially if laughing gas will be used.  

Remember that youre not in your dentists way. Parents understand their children’s special needs better than anyone else. You’re an important part of the dental team when it comes to getting the best oral health care for your child.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman

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Feb
12

Creating a Positive Dental Experience for Patients with Autism

Dentists who treat special needs dental patients work closely with their patients that have autism to create a dental experience that meets unique needs and creates a comfortable environment for them. Because autism spectrum disorder can reflect a variety of different levels of autism, it’s important that each patient’s parent or care-giver let the dental office know what methods of routine or communication work best for the needs of the patient.

Some of the primary things that dentists implement during visits with these patients are the same for anyone that has autism. First of all, they allow those patients to schedule all of their appointments at a time that fits best with their personal routine. Many autistic patients can be thrown off by change in routine, so we want to tailor appointment times to help minimize routine disruption.

After the patient is escorted back, the office will do their best to minimize extra noises from equipment. Noise-canceling headphones may be appropriate for patients that do not mind wearing them. Wearing a lead apron during the treatment can also help create a sense of security and warmth, helping the patient stays seated for the time that is needed. If the patient has a weighted blanket, vest, or lap pad that they are already using, they may want to bring it to use instead of the lead apron, since it is more familiar to them.

Communication can be different for these patients as well, so it helps dental professionals to hear from the parent or caregiver about what methods work best. “First and then” photo cards can help explain to non-verbal or visual patients better about the care that is being performed that day.

In-office or hospital sedation are also great choices for any patient, including those with autism, that have anxiety about care or are unable to sit through a typical treatment visit. Most sedation appointments allow the dentist to complete all treatment during a single appointment.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman

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Feb
12

Sedation Dentists

There are many reasons why people choose to be sedated for a dental visit. Some parents choose sedation dentistry for their children who have extreme anxiety about sitting in the dentist’s chair and having their teeth scraped, poked, and cleaned. Adults often have dental phobia, and sedation dentistry helps them to relax during a cleaning.

Sedation dentists have also had a very high success rate in treating patients with physical or mental disabilities which makes it extremely difficult for them to handle a dental appointment. And there are also cosmetic and more complex procedures which warrant sedation to help alleviate pain and discomfort.

Contrary to some people’s opinions, sedation dentistry is not for the “weak” or “scared.” Sedation dentistry if helpful for many different reasons. Any issue that makes it challenging to receive dental care can be a detriment to good oral health. Dental phobia, a severe gag reflex, or general discomfort from a visit to the dentist can be helped by a sedation dentist. Sedation dentists understand the fear and anxiety that a cleaning, or having a cavity filled, or other procedures can cause. That is why they are compassionate and are specifically trained to administer oral sedatives in the comfort of a dental office.

Sedation dentists offer a full range of dental care for adults, children, and those with disabilities. From preventative care, to general cleanings, to restorative and cosmetic dental care, sedation dentists can provide the appropriate combination of local anesthesia and, if needed, oral sedatives to help patients relax and remain comfortable.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman

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Jan
1

Sedation Dentistry

Many people are afraid of going to the dentist. If you break out in a cold sweat, put off dental appointments, and/or refuse to go to the dentist unless it’s an emergency – you may be a perfect candidate for sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a type of dentistry that allows patients to be “psychologically unaware” of what’s happening to them in the dentist chair. Sedation dentistry is often described as not a type of dentistry, but dentistry for specific types of patients.

Sedation can be useful to patients if they do not want to be aware of what is happening to them at all during any type of procedure. This can be a cavity filling or a simple cleaning. Many patients feel that they simply need to be able to “relax” in the dentist chair in order to have a cleaning done. Fear of needles is also a common factor for people to choose sedation during dental procedures. There are also mental health problems that can make cleaning the teeth difficult for the patient as well as a dentist, so sedation is often recommended during these appointments.

Sedation dentistry is not for everyone, and many doctors are not in favor of just anyone being allowed to undergo sedation for simple dental procedures. Talk with your primary doctor and your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Sometimes, simply stating your anxiety and making your dentist aware of your feelings can go a long way in alleviating the stress of going to the dentist. If this is not the case for you, sedation dentistry can be very beneficial to those who truly need it.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry

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Dec
18

The Caregivers Role in Dental Care of Special Needs Patients

There isn’t a single way to care for a patient. Just as every dental patient has different priorities, treatment needs, and personalities that encompass the method of care they seek from their dentist, so do the needs of those dental patients that have special physical or behavioral needs or developmental disabilities. These needs affect their considerations that revolve around scheduling, methods of care, length of appointments, and how often to even see the dentist.

Your dentist can best provide quality care to their special needs patients when the primary caregiver communicates what types of approaches work best. Parents and caregivers know their loved ones better than anyone else, and by providing a listening and attentive ear, these methods help your dentist provide a higher quality of care when it comes to oral health.

No approach is too small. Some patients have different triggers or techniques that help encourage or avoid a certain behavior, and can create a more positive experience when it comes to their dental care. A caregiver should never feel like they’re being too pushy when it comes to letting your dental team know what will work best, or help get the results that they need to provide the care that is necessary. You as a caregiver are an integral part of your loved one’s dental team, and your dentist understands this.

Special considerations should always be given to patients that have a special need and require appropriate accommodations. If you ever feel these needs aren’t being met, it’s time to speak up! You’re used to being an advocate, but just because you’re not a dentist doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have input about their care. A dedicated dental team that aims to serve quality dental care to all of their patients respects and depends on you to know what’s best for the person you love.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman

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