Dental Tips Blog

Mar
31

What You Can Do to Make Sedation Dentistry Safer

Dental sedation is great for those with dental phobias or who are otherwise unable to sit through treatment. Young children, those with Parkinson’s, and individuals with certain mental disabilities may also benefit.

Want to tackle a laundry list of dental treatment but just don’t have time?

Get it all done in one visit of several hours while comfortably sedated.

But once in a while, you hear a scary story about dental sedation going tragically wrong.

How can you make your procedure safer experience?

Sedation, while serious, is not in itself dangerous – as long as there is sufficient planning and monitoring. People require different sedation methods to meet their unique needs. The medications used to achieve sedation vary.

A well-trained dental team is also important. Accidents often happen when there aren’t enough team members to monitor the patient’s condition during sedation treatment. Sometimes, those responsible for monitoring the patient don’t have the necessary skills to act should something go wrong.

To ensure you have a safe dental sedation procedure, ask your dentist these questions:

  • Exactly what kind of sedation is right for me?
  • What are the requirements for providing dental anesthesia in our area?
  • What is the plan for monitoring my condition and keeping me safe during treatment?
  • Is there an emergency response protocol prepared for in case something goes wrong?

In turn, you can do your part by disclosing to your dentist your entire health history. Certain underlying conditions or medications can have more of an impact than you’d think on a simple sedation procedure.

Not sure about your current health condition? Consult your personal physician and then you’ll be ready to discuss dental sedation with your dentist.

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

Mar
6

Get Your Dental Anxiety Under Control For Good!

Dental anxiety can be crippling. At the least, it makes every trip to the dentist’s a stressful endeavor. At its worst, it prevents people from getting needed dental care.

Do you suffer from fear of the dentist? These tips can help you get a handle on your emotions when it comes to dental treatment.

Talk it out with someone who cares.

Try discussing your anxiety with a doctor, therapist, or close friend. Even better, try talking with someone you trust who has knowledge of the dental field. Giving voice to your anxiety can prepare you to tackle it.

An empathetic dentist would be willing to meet with you away from a dental chair to sit down and calmly discuss your concerns.

Ask for sedation

Almost all dental offices have techniques for reducing anxiety. But there are likely some near you that specialize in treating folks with extreme dental fear. Those clinics will be equipped with safe dental sedation that can work wonders – you could end up dozing your way through nerve-wracking nervousness!

Create positive memories.

Most dental fears are embedded in a bad experience. No matter what happened in the past, it’s difficult to erase the negative emotions.

Fight back by creating and dwelling on positive dental experiences. One nice visit to the dentist’s makes it easier to schedule another, then another, and so on.

Start small by scheduling a simple dental examination. If you do need treatment, break it up over multiple visits so that you can gradually build up your courage.

With a little help and honest self-examination, you’ll find that it’s easy to get a handle on dental anxiety. Get more tips by calling a dental office near you.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

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

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

Jul
25

Why People Without Dental Phobia Are Trying Sedation Dentistry

Have you been seeing more ads for “sleep dentistry?”

It’s becoming a popular selling point for dental offices targeting a population of fearful patients.

While most of us don’t exactly enjoy the prospect of dental work, not everyone has a morbid fear of the dentist. Even so, you might be surprised to see how “sleep dentistry” can make the experience a lot more pleasant for anyone.

What Happens When You “Sleep?”

Actually, you aren’t really sleeping your way through treatment.

Dental sedation isn’t the same thing as general sedation which knocks you out cold. Instead, it relaxes you to a point that you no longer feel anxiety. Even your ability to feel pain is dulled.

The sedative usually comes as a pill or syrup taken before the appointment or an IV medication administered during treatment.

Most people have little memory of their appointment after having sedation. This is in spite of the fact that they were fully conscious, albeit rather woozy. As a result, they “wake up” feeling like they napped through the process.

Thus the “sleep” dentistry!

Why Give Sedation Dentistry A Try?

If you’ve never had trouble with a simple filling so far, why would you bother trying out dental sedation?

Simply, it comes in handy for really long appointments. If you don’t feel like sitting bored for an hour or two for your next root canal, some sedation can make it pass like two minutes. This is also a great way to get multiple projects (remember those three fillings and two crowns you’re due for?) done in one sitting.

Ask your dentist today how a little sedation could improve your next appointment.

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

Jul
12

5 Ways to Cope with Dental Anxiety

It can be almost impossible to ignore that sense of dread that accompanies you to each dental visit. If your efforts to ignore dental anxiety haven’t been working out, try these suggestions:

  1. Distract Yourself With Music

It’s perfectly fine to bring along a set of earbuds and an audiobook or soothing playlist. Make sure you talk with your dental team about how they can communicate with you during the procedure, if necessary.

  1. Book Your Appointment As Early As Possible

Anxiety levels tend to be lowest when you are well-rested. Your appointment will only be harder on you if you have more time in the day to think about it.

It’s also a good idea to avoid packing too many activities in the same day as your dental visit. That would cause you more stress just by trying to run on time for everything.

  1. Keep Warm!

If you’re chilly, then you’re more likely to feel nervous and uncomfortable. Snuggle up with a warm blanket from home, if that helps you feel better.

  1. Ask About Dental Sedation

There are many options out there for medically alleviating anxiety. In the dental office, these usually include:

– Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

– Prescription oral sedatives

– I.V.-administered sedation

Once you try sedation dentistry, you’ll wonder what you were so afraid of, to begin with!

  1. Voice Your Concerns To Your Dentist

Your dentist has a lot of experience, but you’ll be able to trust him or her even more after simply vocalizing your questions and concerns.

Make an appointment with your local dentist to find out more ways to kick your dental fears out the door – for now or for good!

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

Jun
4

Laughter is the Best Medicine . . . For Dental Anxiety?

Do you struggle with overcoming irrational fears before each dental appointment?

Even if you don’t have a serious phobia, it’s still possible for dental anxiety to keep you away from the dentist for months at a time.

As surprising as it may sound, laughter could be your key to relaxing during dental visits. Here’s how.

Nitrous Oxide To Ease Anxiety

Better known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a combination of nitrogen and oxygen that you breathe in to alleviate anxiety. No one has figured out yet exactly how it works, but it does help dull your nervous system.  Sedation dentistry with laughing gas can provide comfortable, anxiety-free dental care.

Laughing gas won’t knock you out cold, but it dulls your ability to feel pain. It also induces a sense of weightlessness and well-being. Some patients who try it feel like they can fly during their appointment. Limbs grow numb, sounds become dim, and you might even be overcome with a case of the giggles.

Is Laughing Gas Safe?

Nitrous oxide doesn’t really have any side-effect. It doesn’t interact with much, either. This makes it safe for most patients, especially children.  Where it gets a little tricky is when a person has a breathing obstruction. Laughing gas must be inhaled through the nose. If you have blocked sinuses at the time of your appointment, then tough luck, the laughing gas probably won’t work.

Tips For Managing Dental Anxiety

Nitrous oxide is just one of many ways that you can calm your fears about dental treatment. To find out whether laughing gas is right for you and how else you can relax your anxiety, contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429

May
25

Dental Sedation Could Eliminate Your Anxiety

How do you feel when you envision a trip to the dentist’s office?

Like many other people, you might break into a cold sweat and feel your stomach sink into your shoes. Dental fear is more common than you may realize. You might also be surprised to learn that it’s actually pretty easy to deal with.

Sleep Through Treatment

By taking an oral or IV-administered medication, you could doze your way through any dental procedure. Sedation at this level doesn’t render you completely unconscious – you’ll still be able to respond to directions and questions. But you won’t remember much or care about anything that’s going on at the time. It makes it easier to get numbing shots, too.

Who knows? After a few sessions with dental sedation, you could feel so confident about treatment that you’ll never need sedation again.

Take the First Step

Be assured that simply calling a dental office or walking in does not mean that you must sit in a dental chair and have treatment. It’s okay to just have a visit to get familiar with the place and get to know the team. You can have a perfectly relaxing meeting with the dentist to ask all your questions free from the pressure of being in the chair. You’ll learn about sedation options and other techniques for reducing anxiety.

Your dental team is on your side! They want to do everything possible to make you comfortable so that you can get the smile-saving treatment you deserve.

Take that first step by simply calling or emailing your local dental practice for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

Jan
25

10 Ways to Relax Away That Dental Anxiety

Dental fear is real and often incapacitating.

You might be sick of hearing others tell you that dental care is “no big deal” and “why don’t you just get over it.”

Instead of fooling yourself into believing that you don’t really need dental treatment, try these techniques for conquering your fears at your own pace.

  1. Bring along a book, electronic game, or word search puzzle to distract your mind.
  2. Get comfy with a blanket and pillow from home.
  3. Drown out terrifying background noises with music or a audio-book in a set of earphones.
  4. Establish a system of signals with your dentist so that you can calmly let him or her know you need a break.
  5. If you have a strong gag reflex, aim to close your eyes, breathe through your nose, and wiggle your toes during scary moments. This really helps direct your senses away from your mouth!
  6. Bring along a supportive friend or family member for the companionship.
  7. Eat a light meal an hour or two before your appointment.
  8. Schedule treatment at the least stressful time of your day.
  9. Try aromatherapy with some soothing essential oil or scented lotion that will help you ignore any unusual smells in the office.
  10. Ask your dentist about dental sedation options.

You don’t need to let anyone make you feel bad for having an uncontrollable fear. But neither do you need to let that fear control you! You deserve a healthy, comfortable, and beautiful smile, no matter what.

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

Jan
10

The Cost of Dental Anesthesia

As long as modern dentistry has existed, so have the various methods for making it more comfortable. Today, there are increasingly more options available. From simple injections to general sedation, you can choose whichever technique suits you the best.

Your next concern is likely: how much will this cost?

Almost all dental treatment involves the use of local anesthesia. This has typically been known as “novocaine.” In actuality, many other kinds of anesthetics are used such as lidocaine and prilocaine. The numbing injection is typically included in the cost of your procedure.

Next on the list is nitrous oxide. Better known as laughing gas, nitrous will help you relax well before you feel the pinch of a needle. Some dental offices charge for nitrous oxide use by the hour and others by the appointment session. You can expect a rough estimate of about $50, give or take.

Oral sedation is the technique that’s gaining wide popularity. A small dose of medicine may be all you need to make the whole appointment a blur. The types and amounts of medications vary in cost, but you might expect the price tag to be around a couple hundred dollars.

Lastly, intravenous sedation is the most expensive and most thorough sedation dentistry method coming in around $400 for the first hour. Any additional hours will probably have a reduced rate.

These are all very general estimates. What you might actually pay depends on where your office is located and what services they offer. You can do your part by researching in advance what your insurance covers.

More and more general dentists are offering sedation therapy to make dental care accessible to more people who need it. Find out more by contacting your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Gordon Dental of Leawood
11401 Nall Ave #102
Leawood, KS 66211
(913) 649-5017

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