Dental Tips Blog

Sep
11

4 Things You Never Knew About Dental Sedation

Think you’ve heard it all when it comes to sedation dentistry? Test your knowledge with the following four facts about dental sedation that all dentists want you to know.

  1. Dental Sedation Doesn’t Really Put You to Sleep

Forget the whole “sleep” dentistry idea; it’s a bit misleading. Sedation can make you feel drowsy enough to doze off, but the goal isn’t to render you completely unconscious. Rather, it just relaxes you enough to keep you calm and to dull the pain.

  1. Dental Sedation Doesn’t Eliminate All the Pain

The sedation used in a dental office isn’t the general anesthesia used in an operating room. Your dentist offers something much lighter. Again, since sedation only helps you relax, you’ll also need some local anesthetic to prepare your teeth for treatment.

  1. Some Dental Sedation Starts Working the Night Before

If you suffer from severe dental anxiety, your dentist may prescribe a sedative for you to take the night before your appointment. This will ensure that you get a good night’s rest and don’t feel as nervous when you come in.

  1. Sedation Can Even Help Those Who Aren’t Afraid of Dentistry

Don’t need drugs to brave your dental cleanings? That’s perfectly fine. But sedation can still come in handy if you’d like to get multiple lengthy procedures done in one day. This will spare you the need to return for more than one appointment.

How does sedation help? The medication will make it feel like hours of treatment were wrapped up within a few brief minutes.

Do you have any other questions about dental sedation that weren’t addressed? Your sedation dentist will be happy to clear things up. Call to schedule a consultation to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Jun
21

4 Reasons to Give Sedation Dentistry a Try

“Twilight dentistry” or “sleep dentistry” are terms used to refer to treatment facilitated with the help of medications to reduce anxiety and pain sensitivity.

Here are four ways sedation dentistry could make a difference during your next dental procedure.

Sedation Will Make Your Treatment Go by Faster

Dental sedation makes you feel very sleepy and relaxed. It won’t make you go unconscious, but it does have an effect on your short-term memory. You may feel so tired that you won’t remember much of what happened during your treatment, although you will have been conscious at the time.

You’ll probably feel like you “woke up” after a brief nap to find that your two hour-long root canal is all done.

Sedation Will Make Your Treatment Safer

Anxiety can make you very nervous and tense. You might cringe and flinch when the dentist brings an instrument near your mouth. But sudden movements can be very dangerous in dentistry. The dentist can do a thorough, fast, and safe job, confident in his or her every movement, if you stay still and relaxed. Sedation can help you do just that and enjoy a safe procedure.

Sedation Spares You the Effects of Anxiety

Anxiety takes a massive toll on your body. Choose sedation to help you get through dental treatment and you won’t have to experience the tension, increased blood pressure, and digestive problems that can accompany stress.

Sedation Can Change Your View of Dental Treatment

One positive pain-free experience at the dental office could change your entire outlook on dentistry. With a more positive view, you’ll be motivated to get the treatment you need without fear or hesitation.

Ask your dentist whether sedation dentistry is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

Jun
19

How You Can Make Dental Injections Hurt Less

Thanks to those shots of anesthesia, you can get your necessary dental work done with relatively little discomfort.

Getting an injection in itself can be uncomfortable, however.

The good news is that it’s easy to make these dental shots quite more bearable. Here are a few tricks that can help.

Practice Relaxation Techniques

The more stressed you are, the less likely the anesthetic will even work. If you’re fully relaxed, the injection will probably not bother you, at all. You’ll also need less anesthesia over the course of treatment.

Ask for Topical Anesthetic

Most dentists routinely apply a topical numbing jelly to your gums right before giving the shot. This dulls the sensation of the needle and makes it easier to receive the shot. Some people may never feel their injection at all! Check with your dentist to make sure that there is a topical anesthetic at hand to prepare you.

Keep Your Eyes Closed

You can trust your dentist to give the injection carefully and in the gentlest way. Some patients even report that certain dentists are so gentle that they didn’t even feel the pinch of the injection. If you just keep your eyes closed, you won’t see the needle and won’t know exactly when it’s headed for your mouth (and it’ll all be over before you know it.)

Try Sedation Dentistry

Some people have a genuine phobia of needles and can’t tolerate dental injections no matter what they try.

If you suffer from that kind of intense anxiety, then you may be a candidate for dental sedation. Taking a sedative before your appointment can relax you so that dental injections are then easy and effective.

Ask your dentist which sedation and anesthesia options are safe for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

May
20

Hate Going to the Dentist? Try Dental Sedation

Does the mere idea of going to the dentist fill you with anxiety?

Sedation could help you successfully endure your next dental procedure, no matter how “routine” it may seem.

What Is Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation is the use of medications to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable during treatment.

Sedation isn’t the same as being unconscious. The medications used at the dental office come in oral, IV drip, or inhaled forms and they all simply help to relieve anxiety. Patients actually remain conscious even though they may not remember much of what happened during their appointment.

How Dental Sedation Works

Dental sedation medication is administered several minutes before the treatment starts, so that it has time to take effect. Some can even be taken the night before to alleviate extreme anxiety and help you get a good night’s rest.

Other kinds like the inhaled medication (laughing gas) take effect immediately.

Once you’re sedated, you’ll feel very relaxed and calm, perhaps even sleepy. Some people do fall asleep, but this isn’t the same as being unconscious. The goal is for you to be able to answer questions and respond to instructions during treatment.

Dental sedation helps people avoid the negative effects of anxiety and have safe dental treatment.

Is Dental Sedation Right for You?

Dental sedation can help almost anyone have a better experience at the dental office, but it isn’t right for everyone.

Your dentist will talk with you about safe options for you to choose from, and discuss the precautions to take. As long as you honestly disclose all of your health conditions and current medications, your dentist can make a safe recommendation about sedation.

Contact your dentist today to learn more about dental sedation possibilities.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Apr
9

Here’s How Your Child Could Benefit from Dental Sedation

Dental sedation is a safe process when a well-trained professional team treats your child. Here are some of the ways sedation could make the next dental experience a better one for your child.

Sedation Keeps Your Child Safe

One of the main reasons kids often need sedation at the dental office is to keep them safe. Anxious or fussy children, especially young ones, may thrash around or try to leave the chair while there are tools running, putting them at risk for serious injury.

Dental sedation helps kids relax and stay still, so that the dentist can safely complete their necessary treatment.

Sedation Allows for Efficient Care

Children usually can’t sit through lengthy treatment without getting anxious or upset. If they essentially doze through it, however, they won’t even be aware of how much time has gone by. This is especially helpful when it comes to long complex dental procedures.

As a bonus, when a child is sedated, a dentist can get a lot more done in a single sitting. That means fewer dental appointments for you to schedule.

Sedation Keeps Your Child Comfortable

You hate the thought of your little one suffering any kind of discomfort. Sedation works along with local numbing injections to keep your child as comfortable as possible.

Sedation Helps Your Child Form Positive Memories

When your child has no memories of scary dental treatment, then he or she won’t have any reason to fear the dentist. They’ll be much more cooperative at future visits and possibly look forward to their upcoming appointments.

Ask your child’s dentist for more information on safe dental sedation.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

Jan
27

Does Dental Sedation Have Any Side-Effects?

Here’s what you should know about the side-effects of the two most common dental sedation options.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation Side-Effects

Laughing gas gives you a very relaxed feeling while you inhale it. It dulls pain perception and eases anxiety.

There are no lasting effects with nitrous oxide. It only affects your body while the gas is in your bloodstream. After the nitrogen is switched off, you just breathe in normal oxygen and within several breaths all the gas is gone from your system.

Nitrous oxide can make your limbs feel tingly or numb. But this effect also only lasts while you’re breathing in the gas. There are not many side-effects associated with laughing gas, so it’s considered a very safe option.

Oral Sedation Side-Effects

With oral sedation, you’ll take a pill or syrup just before your dental treatment. The medication will make your feel drowsy and relaxed. It also has an amnesic effect, meaning that you won’t have much memory of the treatment. You’ll feel like everything went by quickly and you won’t be haunted by any unpleasant experiences.

The downside to oral sedation is that the medication affects you for a long time. Once you take it, a friend or family member will have to drive you to and from your dental appointment. You’ll be too drowsy to safely drive yourself.

Unwanted side-effects from the medication can include: dry mouth, headache, nausea, and dizziness. Everyone responds a little differently to the drug. More serious effects are rare.

Plan Carefully for Safe Dental Anesthesia

By talking with your dentist about sedation dentistry and discussing all medications and supplements you’re currently taking, you can carefully plan ahead for a safe sedation procedure.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Sep
13

Dental Sedation – Is it Right for You?

Sedation dentistry is when you have dental treatment with an altered state of consciousness.

There are varying levels of sedation, and most of the ones used in dentistry is considered minimal to moderate.

Minimal sedation happens with laughing gas. Administering nitrous oxide helps you relax, but it doesn’t make you unconscious at all. If anything, you just feel very giddy and happy despite treatment that might otherwise make you anxious.

Moderate sedation keeps the a person awake, but their words are slurred and their memory is foggy when the sedation wears off. This kind is typically achieved with an oral medication or an IV drip for longer procedures.

With so many dental offices now claiming to offer “sleep dentistry,” you’re probably wondering if you should give it a try.

Who Can Benefit from Sedation?

Sedation, or “sleep dentistry,” is great for those who:

  • Cannot endure discomfort
  • Suffer from extreme dental anxiety or fear
  • Need a lot of treatment done at once
  • Have a very sensitive gag reflex
  • Have difficulty sitting still for a long period of time

If you suffer from any of those situations, then sedation dentistry could make your next dental experience a pleasantly brief one.

Is Sedation Safe for You?

Dental sedation is safe when administered by properly trained and certified professionals. But there is always a small risk with this procedure. You may be at even higher risk if you struggle with sleep apnea or obesity. Be sure to review your medical history with your dentist, first.

In the end, the benefits of sedation far outweigh the risks if it will help you get the dental treatment you need. But despite being considered safe, sedation is not given arbitrarily upon request.

Get advice from your doctor and dentist about whether sedation is safe for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Jul
15

Getting Sedation for Dental Treatment – Is It Worth It?

Lots of dental offices advertise sedation dentistry as a way to just sleep through treatment.

Sleep dentistry, however, is actually a term for taking medication that helps you relax during treatment. It doesn’t put you to sleep.

Like any other medical procedure that uses sedation, there are some (rare) risks involved. So the decision to have dental sedation is not one to be made lightly.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Dental patients primarily need sedatives to help them relax if they have incapacitating phobias or anxiety.

Taking a sedative is also a great way to get through a rather lengthy procedure. You may have a hard time keeping your mouth open and staying comfortable through the extraction of all four wisdom teeth, for example.

Sedation may be necessary in any other situation where the patient can’t sit still for long.

Who Should Have Dental Sedation?

Sedation dentistry is usually recommended for:

  • People with anxiety
  • Lengthy or multiple dental procedures in a single visit
  • Small children
  • People with a disability that prevents them from staying calm during treatment

Is Sedation Right for You?

Talk with your dentist before you pin your hopes on having sedation during your next dental procedure.

Discuss any concerns you have about treatment and review your entire health history. This means going over any and all prescription and over-the-counter medications you’re taking. Medication and even certain medical conditions can rule out some sedative options all together.

Sleep dentistry isn’t exactly the luxury experience it’s made out to be. If you have no problem sitting through dental procedures, then you may not need to bother with sedation, at all. Decide with your dentist whether or not sedation is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

Feb
16

3 Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Sleep Dentistry

Whether you plan for a little routine dental work or a major procedure with an oral surgeon, you want to know what to expect when it comes to sleep dentistry.

Here are four important questions to discuss with your care provider well before you schedule treatment.

  1. What should I do to prepare?

You can’t just walk in off the street and magically fall asleep for dental treatment. Before you can have any kind of sedation, you’ll need to carefully plan things out with your dentist.

For example, some medications require that you come in on an empty stomach. What you eat and when you take your regular medications can also affect the kind of sedation you have and what time to schedule your treatment.

Additionally, your sedative may require that you take it well before arriving for your procedure. This means you’d need to arrange for a friend to bring you to the dental office.

  1. Will I be conscious?

Not all “sleep dentistry” means that you’ll be completely knocked out. Most dental procedures can be done under a very mild sedation that keeps you conscious. The medications help you relax and forget about the stress of treatment.

Complex procedures like jaw surgery may require general anesthesia which does put you “fully under.”

  1. Could my current medications interact with the sedative?

Some sedatives can be dangerous if taken along with certain other meds. Your dentist will carefully review your medical history before prescribing a sedation technique. But it doesn’t hurt to get ahead and start asking now. The sooner you clear things up, the better.

Don’t hesitate to ask any other questions that come to mind!

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

Oct
30

How to Numb Your Teeth Without a Needle

Dental treatment can be scary. Dentists aim to make patients as comfortable as possible with the help of local anesthesia. But getting the numbing shot might be the scariest part of the appointment for you!

Happily, there are some ways to comfortably sit through your procedure without being in morbid fear of that nasty needle.

  1. The Wand

This anesthesia device uses a computer to monitor the rate of drug flow. It looks like a lightweight pen and results in very specific application. Patients usually don’t feel a thing when a dentist uses the Wand to numb a tooth.

  1. Take A “Topical” Retreat

You don’t have to go straight for the pinch of the needle. Most dentist who provide numbing shots first place a little topical numbing jelly on the gums where the needle is supposed to go. This way, it won’t sting when you do get the shot.

Keep in mind that the numbing jelly in itself probably won’t be enough to numb your tooth for a procedure. It really is only skin-deep!

  1. Numb Your Senses

Plenty of dental offices offer dental sedation techniques that help dull your perception of pain. Laughing gas or an oral sedative can help you relax your way through any scary situation. A little sedation will ease your anxiety and make it easier to get the shot.

A numbing shot is almost always essential if you want to dull pain during a dental appointment. It’s the best way to deliver the medicine directly to the nerves of your teeth. But talking with your dentist will help you figure out other ways of working around the pinch of the needle!

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

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