Dental Tips Blog

Jan
8

Are There Any Alternatives to Dental Sedation?

Like many others, you’re worried about the potential risks or side-effects associated with dental sedation. That’s why you’re interested in sedation-free dental treatment.

What are your options?

Pass on the Sedation

For one thing, dental sedation is rarely required. Any dental procedure can be completed under local anesthesia (numbing injection). You may only have to be “put under” for something major like jaw surgery.

The purpose of dental sedation is to ease anxiety and help you sit through treatment comfortably. If you feel you can tolerate a dental procedure while remaining fully alert, then that’s perfectly fine.

But what if you are anxious about dental treatment and want a drug-free alternative to help relax you?

Here are a few things you can try.

Talk It Out

Verbalizing your concerns to the dentist and hearing words of reassurance may be enough to put you at ease in the dental chair.

Aromatherapy

Lavender, lemon, and Ylang-Ylang are good scents for soothing stressed nerves. Apply a couple drops of essential oil to your wrist or chest.

Massage

A massage prior to your dental appointment can help relax you enough to snooze through treatment. Or, you may schedule it for afterwards as a reward to yourself.

Music

Use headphones to listen to distracting or soothing tunes during your procedure.

Is Sedation Dangerous?

Dental sedation does carry some inherent risks. But the chances of something going wrong are extremely slim when a trained and experienced professional administers the medication. Also, you have a few options to choose from when it comes to sedation methods; they’re not all the same.

To learn more about safe dental sedation and other relaxation alternatives, contact a sedation dentist in your area.

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

Feb
28

Alternative Medicine in Dentistry

Alternative medication and medical practices aren’t just for overall health conditions. Some may also be useful and effective in the relief or oral ailments or conditions as well. Homeopathic remedies that involve supplements, meditation and other mind-body practices such as those used in Eastern medicines can reduce stress, discomfort, anxiety and muscle pain in dental patients.

Acupuncture, accupressure and relaxation exercises such as yoga can be effective in the management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ symptoms may often be addressed through yoga rather than invasive surgical procedures, as the patient learns to relax and decrease stress of the key muscles in the joint area. Chiropractic therapy as well as massage can also improve comfort. Non-invasive therapy for TMJ disorders is recommended for patients that have joint related problems long before more advanced surgical remedies are suggested.

Herbal supplements such as ginkgo biloba, or vitamins C & E are useful in treating inflammation associated with gingivitis and gum disease. Essential oils used on the toothbrush or mixed with water for a mouth rinse may also help improve oral inflammation, gum infections and bad breath. These act quickly and just two or three drops applied with a toothbrush are very effective in destroying harmful bacteria in the mouth. Some essential oils that are commonly used include almond, mints, eucalyptus and grape seed oil.

Oral supplements such as CoQ10 can be a comprehensive part of periodontal disease therapy. Patients that take the supplement may have an improved healing response along the diseased gum tissue, improving the results of their professional care.

Always let your dentist know what dietary supplements or herbal remedies you are taking, as some commonly used items interact with medications used in dentistry or may cause some procedures to be contraindicated.

Posted on the behalf of Greencastle Dental

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