Dental Tips Blog

Nov
27

When Dental Sedation is Not an Option

Do you struggle with dental anxiety? Dentists can help their patients relax by giving them a careful dose of medication in pill form or an injection.

But there may be several reasons why you can’t take advantage of these common techniques.

What else can you do to relieve your anxiety over dental treatment?

Laughing Gas – Safe and Effective

One option that works well is nitrous oxide. You probably know this as “laughing gas.” Laughing gas uses the gas nitrogen to temporarily interfere with how your body deals with anxiety. It may not take away all pain, but it makes you care a whole lot less about the possibility of having an injection.

Nitrous oxide is safe for people of all ages – even small kids. The biggest contraindication is if you have certain breathing issues such as asthma. This can make it hard to inhale the gas.

If laughing gas isn’t going to work either, there are some other tricks you can try.

Before Your Appointment

Schedule your appointment for your least stressful time of day. This might be first thing in the morning when you have the most energy. Get plenty of rest the night before. Make sure to have an open conversation with your dentist to get answers to all of your questions.

How to Relax During Treatment

  • Bring along some music with headphones
  • Enjoy some reading material in the chair
  • Have a blanket and pillow handy to keep you warm and comfortable
  • Use an agreed-upon signal to let your dentist know any time you need a break

Your dentist just may have some surprising tips and suggestions for improving your dental treatment experiences. So tap into that wealth of knowledge by scheduling a sedation consultation!

Posted on behalf of:
Ambler Dental Care
602 S Bethlehem Pike C-2
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 643-1122

Sep
20

If You Have a Fear of Fillings…

As scary as getting a filling may sound, the process is MUCH easier than it was ten, fifty, or even a hundred years ago.

Let’s take a look at a few ways you can put your mind at ease when it comes to dental fillings. This will make it a lot easier for you tolerate the treatment that you need.

Fillings – Fast and Easy!

A dental filling is completed while your tooth is nice and numb. You really shouldn’t feel a thing. And the procedure is usually done in less than a half hour. That’s for a single filling. If you need to, you might schedule one filling at a time so that you aren’t sitting for very long.

After you are numb, your dentist will carefully remove all the diseased tooth material with a small drill. The hole is cleaned and sealed off from bacteria and the filling material is packed in. White fillings are cured with a special light.

A filling is probably the fastest and most common dental procedure out there. Your dentist will help by talking you through everything you can expect.

Relieving Anxiety in the Dental Chair

Take steps to make any dental appointment a breeze:

  • Bring relaxing music or reading material to distract you
  • Schedule appointments for a low-stress time of day, such as early morning
  • Ask about sedation options

From a simple filling to a full mouth reconstruction, dental sedation could increase your comfort during almost any procedure. Your options may include laughing gas, oral sedation, or even IV sedation.

Don’t let dental anxiety keep you from the benefits of modern dental restorations! Call your dentist for more information.

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

Jun
10

High Blood Pressure at the Dental Office

If you’re like a lot of people, your blood pressure goes up when you visit the dental office. This is often referred to as “white coat syndrome” which is when people get anxious or nervous once they’re in the examination room for a medical or dental procedure. At the dental office it’s no different, but if you are already battling high blood pressure it’s important that you take some precautionary steps to avoid a medical emergency.

Never skip on taking you medication that day. If you normally take blood pressure medication at a certain time each day, then don’t make an exception on the day that you’re going to the dentist.

Every dental office should record each patients blood pressure at the beginning of every appointment. A baseline reading noted in your chart will alert the dental team to changes in your blood pressure reading over the course of your visits. Let your dental office know if there have been any changes in your medications or blood pressure readings that are abnormal.

Depending on how high your blood pressure is, most dental treatment can still be completed. Elective procedures may need to be put off until your blood pressure has stabilized at a lower level. Occasionally, some patients may need a clearance from their doctor. In rare circumstances, extremely high blood pressure may require an immediate referral to emergency medical facility, but this is far from common. The goal of your dentist is to identify any serious risk factors to your health and avoid possible complications with dental anxiety, use of local anesthetics, or surgical dental procedures.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman

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Apr
23

Overcome Anxiety With Sedation Dentistry

Anxiety over visiting the dentist is causing a rise in oral health issues among many Americans today. Sedation dentistry is designed to provide comfort to patients whose fear of the dentist keeps them from regularly coming in for cleanings, check ups, and needed procedures. Oral conscious sedation is used during dental procedures to put patients in a more relaxed, yet still conscious, state. Sedation dentistry greatly reduces the body’s tendency to tense up, making dental procedures easier on both the patient and the dentist and/or hygienist. Sedation dentistry can also enable patients to have several procedures done at one time that would normally require multiple dental appointments.

Sedation dentistry is provided by specially trained and certified dental professionals to help patients maintain their oral health despite their fear and anxiety of visiting the dentist. Those individuals who allow fear to keep them from the dentist are endangering not only their oral health but their quality of life and overall health as well. Sedation medications, which have been proven safe and effective, leave the patient in a comfortable state so that dental appointments are successful.

If anxiety is keeping you from seeing the dentist, talk to your dental provider about sedation dentistry options to help calm your nerves so that you can maintain your oral health through proper treatment. With the help of sedation dental medications, you can be totally relaxed and unaware of the sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office. If that sounds like your ideal dental experience, call your dentist and talk with him/her about your anxiety and options.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman

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Apr
21

IV Sedation Dentistry

Among the most common phobias and fears, visiting the dentist often ranks high on the list of causing many people severe anxiety and stress. For a growing number of people, this anxiety causes people to postpone and cancel their regular dental check ups. By foregoing dental visits people are missing out on their necessary cleanings and dental exams and are becoming more and more susceptible to periodontal disease, gingivitis, and other oral issues. Luckily there has been a rise of awareness of those with dental phobias. If you find yourself feeling anxious about the thought of keeping your scheduled dental appointment and are thinking about canceling your appointment, you should know that a safe, comfortable relaxation method is available for you.

IV sedation dentistry allows dentists to have control over a patient’s relaxation level so that they can tailor the sedation to a patient’s needs. Some patients just need something to “take the edge off” of their anxiety, and a small amount of sedation is necessary. Other patients find that they need to be fully put to sleep in order for the dentist to do a thorough cleaning and exam (and any other necessary oral procedure), and they are given a higher level of sedation for them to fall asleep completely.

People’s levels of anxiety generally help to determine dosage, which in turn determines their consciousness level during their dental appointments. A responsible adult who can drive patients to and from their appointment and who can spend some time with them after their appointment until the sedative wears off is required for all patients who undergo sedation dental appointments.

If you find that you would rather cancel your dental appoint than keep it due to fear or anxiety, talk to your dentist about IV sedation. Through a consultation, your dentist can gage your anxiety level and help determine the level of sedation you will need for a successful, comfortable cleaning.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Jun
20

Sedation Dentistry Eases The Way

Planning a trip to the dental office causes anxiety in the most stoic, trepidation in the brave, and downright panic attacks for those poor misfortunate victims of unpleasant memories past. Dental phobia is a legitimate concern for many who’ve had negative experiences in the dental chair. While some discomfort is inevitable, the overdramatized and unrealistic fears of pain, choking, needles and drills, have served to prevent people from getting necessary dental care.

This no longer needs to be the case. With today’s advanced technologies and methods of reducing anxiety as well as pain management, there is no need for such extreme anxiety when visiting your local dental professional. One such method for helping patients relax is Nitrous Oxide. It is a safe mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen gases that allows the patient to be conscious and aware. It works rapidly and has the additional benefit of reducing that worrisome gag reflex. It is often used in conjunction with a local anesthetic like lidocaine because it is so effective in helping patients to relax.

You may also choose an intravenous anesthesia with the local anesthetic that can be given right in the dental office. IV sedation is sometimes called, “twilight sedation” because the patient is so comfortable and calm as to drift in and out of sleep. This helps the anxious patient to not only tolerate but to not remember those uncomfortable procedures.

Depending on your particular procedure and level of anxiety, your local dental professional will help you choose just the right method of sedation for your needs. You can face your next dental procedure with the comfort and assurance that the fear and pain you once experienced are now things of the past. Sedation dentistry will ease the way for your relief.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Kurtzman

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Jan
29

Dental Anxiety

A little bit of anxiety is very common before many things including going to the dentist. Fortunately, there are ways to control and help reduce or eliminate dental anxiety and these tips may help you have a better dental experience.  You can also use these tips with your children and family members, to help them have a better experience.

First, never be afraid to tell the dentist and his staff what you are feeling. Dental staffs now all receive special training on the anxious dental patient, and will be able to help meet your needs. They will be able to answer further questions and discuss with you what is going on. Sometimes, just knowing that someone cares and is talking to you makes all the difference in the world!

Anxiety is worse when you feel rushed or tense. Schedule your appointments on days that are not hectic or busy at work, or take the entire day off. Leave home in plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed on your way to the dentist, and get plenty of sleep the night before. Pamper yourself a bit if you are having a procedure, or schedule a ‘fun’ event for after the dental appointment.

Ask your dentist if they mind if you listen to music on your MP3 player, or watch a movie on your laptop or tablet.  Wearing headphones will distract you from the noise of the machinery, and help you relax.  You may even laugh at a funny song or line in the movie!  If you cannot do that, try closing your eyes and thinking about something fun you did or your favorite vacation destination. Visualization has been shown to dramatically decrease anxiety.

Never avoid going to the dentist because you are anxious. Routine dental care is a cornerstone of good health. If your anxiety is severe, talk to your dentist about gentle dentistry options to help you manage routine and other treatments.

Nov
6

Overcoming Dental Fears

It’s very normal for some people to have a significant fear of the dentist. While some patients may have had a horrible experience in the past that has kept them away from the dentist for years, others may just completely dislike having anything medical related performed on them.

When dental care providers record blood pressure readings on their patients, it is very common to see a spike in blood pressure that is more elevated than what is normal for the patient. You are not alone. A large percentage of dental patients experience dental phobia, fear, or anxiety.  Your dentist and the staff understand that dental fear is real, and most of them are committed to helping you be as comfortable as possible during your appointment.

The first way to overcome fear of the dentist is to select a provider that you trust and respect. Begin by asking friends, neighbors and family members about their experiences to determine where you might want to visit. There is nothing wrong with seeing more than one dentist and getting a second opinion to determine whether or not the treatment prescribed for you is really your best option. This allows dental patients to establish a rapport with other practitioners and find the office that “fits” best for them.

Many offices also use relaxation techniques such as music, blankets or sedation to help their patients relax as much as possible. If you need to, complete your treatment in smaller appointments, limiting the time you spend at the office. Schedule your visits early in the day so you are well rested. Dentistry has changed significantly over the past 30 years, and most dentists desire to have their patients as comfortable as possible during every visit.

May
14

Comfortable Dental Care With Sedation Dentistry

The days of every dental visit being an exercise in anxiety and discomfort are long gone.  No longer do you need to spend the entire visit with your heart racing while you grip the arms of the dental chair until you knuckles turn white.  Sedation dentistry has developed in recent years that ensures that every patient can have a comfortable, relaxed dental experience no matter what their anxiety level or other dental issues.

Sedation dentistry encompasses a wide range of sedation levels to fit the needs of every patient. The mildest form of sedation is the use of nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas.  For many patients, this is all that they need to relax and have a comfortable experience.  For patients who need further sedation, many dentists offer oral or intravenous conscious sedation.

With conscious sedation, the patient is very sedated, but still conscious. They can respond to questions although after the sedation wears off, most patients have no memory of the treatment.  Dental procedures under conscious sedation are usually performed in the dentist’s office.

The deepest level of sedation is fully unconscious sedation and these procedures are handled in a specially equipped surgical suite or in a hospital operating room.  Not all dentists practice the full range of sedation dentistry.  The deeper the level of sedation, the more additional training that the dentist is required to have and many dentists choose not to handle fully unconscious sedation.

However, relatively few dental patients need full, unconscious sedation. Most patients can have very comfortable, anxiety free dental care with the appropriate level of conscious sedation.  If you avoid getting regular dental care because of uncomfortable experiences in the past or if you have other issues that make getting regular dental care difficult, unpleasant or uncomfortable, talk to your dentist about the benefits of sedation dentistry.

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