Are you a candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
- fear going to the dentist.
- hate needles and shots.
- have had bad past dental experiences.
- have difficulty getting numb.
- have a bad gag reflex.
- have complex dental problems.
- hate the smell and noise of the dental office.
- are self conscious and afraid about your teeth.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Oral Sedation (a pill taken by mouth) is safe, convenient and economical. When administered by a qualified dentist, such as our dentist, Oral sedation can be more effective and deliver a deeper relaxation state than other forms of sedation.
When you come for your free initial consultation, we will review your medical history and will determine if oral sedation is the best sedation option for you.
The Oral Sedation Procedure
The procedure is simple. When you arrive for your treatment you will be given an oral sedative which will put you into a relaxed and comfortable state. You will be awake but very drowsy. The time you spend in the dentist’s chair will feel like minutes. Before you know it the procedure is over and you will have little recollection of the entire experience.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation-Laughing Gas
Nitrous Oxide is one of the safest and the lightest forms of sedation available. It is non-allergenic and non-irritating. The gas also tends to reduce gag reflexes and saliva flow. Patients will feel totally relaxed during their treatment when sedated with nitrous oxide.
The Nitrous Oxide Sedation Procedure
A small mask will be placed over the patient’s nose and adjusted so that the patient is comfortable. At this time, the patient will be breathing 100% oxygen. Once the patient is comfortable breathing oxygen, the dentist will gradually introduce nitrous oxide. Once the patient feels completely relaxed, the dentist will begin the procedure.
At the conclusion of the sedation dentistry treatment, the patient will once again receive 100% oxygen (for a minimum of three to five minutes). At the end of this time, the person should feel absolutely back to normal.
IV Sedation or “Intravenous Sedation” is administered through a drug directly into a vein.
IV Sedation is the most preferred and predictable method of sedation where deep sedation is desired. Profound state of relaxation and amnesia is achieved during IV sedation.
The IV Sedation Procedure
An extremely thin needle is inserted by our anesthesiologist into a vein close to the surface of the skin. IV drip consists of an anti-anxiety medication which puts the patient into a state of deep relaxation. Time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much, or perhaps even nothing at all, of what happened.
A local anesthetic will also be administered in conjunction with this method of dental sedation. When you come for your free initial consultation, the dentist will review your medical history and will determine if IV sedation is the best sedation option for you.
Pulse Oximeter & Blood Pressure Monitoring
During all sedation appointments, the blood pressure and pulse are continually monitored on our patients. In addition, we monitor the oxygen saturation levels of the blood with a pulse oximeter that gently clips onto the finger.
Our Practice is rightfully named Advanced Dental Care, because we are trained in the latest techniques and cater to almost all your dental needs in one setting. We specialize in full mouth rehabilitations and major cosmetic dental procedures.
Your comfort and health are our main concern.
We offer a wide range of appointment times and also offer executive appointments. During an executive appointment you are the doctors only patient for the entire day. These appointments are especially helpful for people with busy lives. Instead of multiple dental visits to treat multiple teeth, all your dental needs are taken care of in one appointment. For your comfort this can be done with or without the use of sedation. Executive appointments greatly minimize the time needed to take from work and also decrease the anxiety associated with multiple appointments.
Full Mouth Rejuvenation, Full Mouth Rehabilitation, or Full Mouth Restoration
A full mouth reconstruction is a restorative dentistry option for patients with complex dental needs. The process involves multiple restorative dentistry procedures to rebuild or restore all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.
Full mouth reconstruction may involve dental implants, TMJ therapy, crowns, bridgework, fillings, or other dental procedures. Patients who may feel anxiety sitting for this type of procedure should consider sedation for optimal comfort.
Often times a full mouth restoration can be accomplished in as few as one or two dental visits. The process may involve qualified oral health professionals in multiple areas of restorative, cosmetic, and sedation therapy but allows you to quickly reclaim your smile.
A mouth reconstruction differs from a smile makeover in that it is a necessary treatment as opposed to an elected treatment. A mouth reconstruction however is similar in that it does allow the ability to transform your smile into something that is healthy and esthetically pleasing.
Who Are Candidates for Full Mouth Restoration? The need for a full mouth restoration may result from:
- Tooth loss due to decay or mouth injury
- Teeth that have been injured or fractured
- Teeth that have become badly worn because of an acidic diet, acid reflux, or tooth-grinding (bruxing)
- People who have ongoing jaw, muscle and headache pain who need adjustments to the bite
The above reasons for full mouth restoration can only be verified by a professional and experienced dentist. Choose a dentist experienced in blending restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures with a history of giving patients a look that is healthy, functional and natural in appearance.
The Evaluation Process
Should you and your dentist decide that a full mouth restoration is right for you, the procedures necessary will depend greatly on your specific circumstances. You can expect your dentist to perform a thorough evaluation of the condition of following:
Teeth– The condition of your teeth will determine what restorative procedures will be needed, and the options available to solve your concerns. You may suffer from crowded teeth, poor dental care, trauma, or the effects of wear and tear. The need to address and correct these issues and to prevent additional dental problems from occurring can give you relief as well as improved function and oral health.
Gums– Your gums (periodontal tissue) can suffer from periodontal disease if not taken care of properly. Gum disease can cause bleeding, swollen gums, bad breath, and loose or shifty teeth. Your dentist can employ methods to restore gums through modern techniques such as tissue restoration which promotes bone growth, pocket elimination surgery to help prevent tooth loss, or laser therapy to reduce pockets.
Jaw and Bite– If you suffer from a bad bite or malocclusion, you may have pain when you close your mouth or chew. This can cause wear or destruction of your teeth and is very bad for your oral health. Your dentist may employ the use of braces to correct occlusion before additional restorative procedures are performed. Additionally they may suggest TMJ therapy which restores optimal bite and neuromuscular function with non-surgical temporomandibular joint therapy.
Esthetics– A full mouth rejuvenation serves to accomplish multiple goals. Namely it restores your teeth and mouth to a healthy and functional level but also gives you the opportunity to create a smile that you have always dreamed of. This is where it is beneficial to have an experienced cosmetic dentist performing your procedure(s) so that they can seamlessly blend the most effective dental technologies with their eye for esthetics. When designing your new smile, your dentist will take into consideration the color, shape, size and proportion of your teeth, and how they appear in relation to your gums, lips, mouth, side profile and face.
While restorative dentistry procedures are necessary for the preservation of oral health, they give the patient a unique opportunity to utilize all the modern advancements dentistry has to offer that make it possible for your dentist to provide you with durable, functional and clinically sound treatments that also look natural.
Dentistry for Busy People
We know that sometimes life can get a bit hectic and finding time to make your dental appointment may not be very high on your ‘To-Do’ list!
- Maybe it’s late and this is the first time you have sat down all day. But of course we’ve all gone home too so you can’t book an appointment now. Can you?
- Perhaps it’s your lunch break and you’re grabbing a quick sandwich at your desk. You’ve been on the phone all morning so why would you want to call us?
- Or maybe you just love all of this internet stuff and like to use email to organize your life.
Well whatever your motivation, you will be pleased to know that we are about to make life a whole lot easier.
Why not complete this simple online form and as soon as you press submit we will receive an email with all of your details included. Just let us know how and when you would like us to contact you and let us help you to find an appointment to fit in with your busy schedule.
Please contact our office for more information.