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When Anxiety Keeps You From the Dentist

Our busy lifestyles, unemployment, or even where we live can keep us from getting access to dental care. Unfortunately, anxiety or fear of the dentist may keep more people away from the dental office than any of the other reasons previously mentioned. Thanks to the approach of gentle dentistry and anxiety options, most patients no longer have to worry about this.

Thankfully, there are lots of ways to help you manage moderate to severe anxiety related to dental care. From just adding nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to a cleaning appointment, to taking a prescription sedative for your treatment procedure, there’s something that is just right for everyone. Light oral conscious sedation dentistry is one of the most popular ways that patients can “sleep” through their dental treatment and have all of it completed in a single appointment.

This medication is taken about an hour prior to their scheduled treatment and lasts for around 4 hours, so it is necessary to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. The growing need for services such as these mean that you can access them fairly easily, and don’t have to worry about being judged or made fun of just because you’re slightly nervous about dental treatment.

The first step is getting yourself back into a dental office. Most people assume that their teeth are worse off than they actually are. While that is sometimes the case, the majority of people will still have moderately healthy teeth with only some localized problem areas. The earlier you seek out a dentist that can address your anxiety needs, the sooner you can have a healthy, disease-free mouth!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 



Light Conscious Sedation

Have you ever wanted to think about “sleep” dentistry, or “sedation” dentistry, but the thought of full-on IV sedation just didn’t sound like what you had envisioned? Then you should take light conscious sedation into consideration!

Light conscious sedation is a form of sedation dentistry using oral medication to help the patient relax, and feel like they are lightly napping. The patient can still answer basic yes-or-no questions and move as needed, but they are relaxed much more than what can be achieved than if their dentist was only using nitrous oxide (laughing gas.) In fact, most people don’t even remember their treatment.

The medication is a prescription sedative that is taken an hour prior to the appointment, so that it can take full effect by the time the treatment begins. Sometimes some patients will need a second dose, if they’re more anxious than normal. Effects last a few hours, so it’s possible for some patients to have all of their treatment completed in the same appointment.

It’s important to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the light sedation appointment. Most visits are shorter than normal since you’ll be comfortable, so there isn’t a lot of waiting time.

Anxiety or fear of the dentist can make people put dental care off until it’s too late or too costly. Ask your dentist about light oral sedation! It’s safe, easy, and helps patients conquer their fear of dental care while also getting the health of their smile back on track. Patients of all ages can opt for light conscious sedation, making it a great option for adults and kids!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 



Why Does My Child Need to See an Oral Surgeon?

One of the many enjoyable parts of being a parent of a young child is playing the role of the “tooth fairy”, leaving a dollar under the child’s pillow in exchange for a tooth that recently fell out.  In most cases a child’s “baby teeth” fall out naturally, as the child’s permanent teeth come in.  In essence the new tooth pushes the “baby tooth” out.

However in some cases the child’s “baby teeth” are stubborn and will not be expelled.  Obviously, this will cause the child discomfort, as well as potentially other issues as the permanent teeth fight to emerge.  In these cases, often a dentist will refer the child to an oral surgeon to assist nature in forcing the child’s “baby teeth” out of the way for the child’s new teeth.

The oral surgeon, who is experienced in working with young children, will use a variety of methods to remove the child’s “baby teeth”.  It is important for parent’s to remember that the oral surgeon and their entire team will make the experience as pleasant as possible making both the child and the parents comfortable before, during and after the procedure.

In many cases the oral surgeon will use sedation dentistry techniques to make the young patient basically sleep through the entire procedure.  Sedation dentistry is widely used and is completely safe, as the patient breathes without assistance and drifts in and out of consciousness.  Unfortunately, sedation is not available for parents during the procedure!  Once the procedure is complete, the patient is sent home along with a tooth or two for the “tooth fairy”.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 



The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation during dental treatment is one of the easiest ways for patients to get the care they need, when they’re anxious about dental treatment. It doesn’t matter how nervous or scared a person has to be, sedation is typically fine for every dental patient that requests it.

Asking for sedation allows most patients to get all of their necessary treatments completed during one appointment. That’s because the patient is comfortable and can have any area of the mouth worked on instead of just one side like a traditional appointment. Dentists can also work more efficiently because patient comfort is ensured for the entire visit. Coming back over and over for extensive treatments is enough for some people to not get treatment at all. Thankfully most treatments can be finished in just a single appointment!

A variety of options are available for the type of sedation used, but most people take advantage of oral sedation dentistry because it is so simple to perform. Oral sedation uses a prescription sedative that is taken by pill or liquid form about an hour before the appointment. This causes the patient to feel sleepy and in a dream-like state, yet still be able to respond to simple yes or no questions, or directions such as “turn this way.” On occasion, some people will need a second dose at the time of their treatment. It can take a few hours for the medication to run its full course, so patients will need to have someone escort them to and from their appointment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 


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