Do you have any teeth that are missing? Bridges will help you regain your confidence by restoring the appearance of your smile. Bridges are the easiest and less expensive fixed tooth replacement without doing any surgery.
Bridges are important for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Gaps in your smile can be unsightly and make eating and speaking difficult. Your dentist will use dental bridges to fill in the void if you're missing a tooth. They aid in improving the appearance and function of the mouth, making it easier to chew and talk. Bridges have the power to transform your life. They will make you feel more confident about your smile and boost your self-esteem.
At Glen Park Dental, we perform bridges for people suffering from tooth loss or gapped teeth to serve as a medium to bring back our patients' self-confidence.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry makes it possible for your dentist to give sedatives before or during dental procedures , in order to help you relax during treatment. To perform services such as cosmetic dental procedures or tooth extractions on patients safely, dentists use sedatives. Sedation dentistry is patients' relaxing alternative to dental procedures. They will have no fear and anxiety as they will have no memory of the procedures performed.
Who Can Receive Dental Sedation?
Your dentist may advise sedation if you are experiencing anxiety towards the dental procedure, difficulty regulating movements, resistance to local anesthesia, or dental sensitivity.
Sedation dentistry offers a way to fulfill required dental treatment without triggering anxiety attacks for patients who have had traumatic dental experiences or are afraid of needles. Dental sedation can make it easier to undergo longer appointments for extensive dental work, whether or not you are comfortable in the dentist's chair.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
At Glen Park Dental, we currently offer oral and inhalation ( Nitrous oxide ) sedation to our patients.
For many individuals, oral sedation is a popular option because it avoids needles. Oral sedatives should either be swallowed whole or held under the tongue to dissolve in pill form. Either method, in a matter of minutes, works pretty fast. Your dentist will choose among an array of sedative or anxiolytic (anxiety suppressor) medicines made available through modern medical and dental research.
IV Conscious Sedation
Sedatives can flow through the bloodstream directly.
It is possible to deliver sedatives directly into the bloodstream. Intravenous injection (IV, into the vein) is more effective than an oral method , and the amnesic effects may also be more compelling. Because IV sedation has an almost immediate impact on the body, including the essential parameters of heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing, the risk of IV sedation is higher than that of oral or inhalation sedatives. A higher level of training is therefore required for those who can administer it. The patient has to be monitored throughout the sedation period with special monitoring equipment. The fast action property has an advantage. The immediate action property has an advantage because it can continuously regulate the level of sedation during monitoring. After the sedation wears off, you will not recall anything. This method is currently not available in Glen Park Dental.
Inhalation Conscious Sedation
Dentists have been using nitrous oxide gas for nearly a century now. It does not have the highest numbing feature, but it is very good at alleviating anxiety, managing, and even uplifting the patients' mood throughout the procedure. It is also known, in fact, as 'laughing' gas. All functions in the body remain normal. It is administered through a small face mask that is placed over your nose in combination with oxygen. After the mask is removed, the effect wears out very quickly, and no hangover occurs. Nitrous sedation is considered as one of the safest methods which can be performed on kids and adults with minimal side effects.
Deep sedation is another form of sedation. General anesthesia is one of the most prevalent forms of deep sedation. Patients receiving invasive or complicated dental procedures such as root canals or dental implants can be given general anesthesia. Patients remain unconscious with breathing assistance throughout the procedure. This method is better to be performed in a hospital and not available in Glen Park Dental.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Overcome Fear & Anxiety
Dr. Hakimi helps people to resolve their dental anxiety and fear. If you have been away from the dentist for a long time because of past trauma, there is no need to be ashamed. Rest assured that Dr. Hakimi’s team will accommodate you and give you a comfortable experience throughout the procedure.
Sedation allows us to perform more therapy, thus requiring you fewer visits afterward. .Suppose you need a cavity filled, treatment for sore gums, cosmetic procedures to whiten your teeth or fix a chipped tooth. Much dental treatment can be achieved while you are calmly sedated. More comprehensive procedures that generally require multiple visits can be done with sedation dentistry innovations in only one visit.
Great for special needs
Among other disorders that impair the nervous system, those with Sensory Processing Disorders or Autism Spectrum Disorders can now have a convenient visit and get the support they need. Previously, persuading people with processing disorders to visit the dentist was difficult as their experience was filled with hypersensitivity and discomfort. Dentists can clean the teeth with dental sedation and even perform complete dental procedures on anyone with processing disorder and autism.
Reduction in Gag Reflex
The gag reflex is critical as the throat needs to discharge any object that could be dangerously intrusive and foreign. However, it can also hinder the procedure during dental treatments, especially if the patient gags when he is fully conscious during the procedure. However, with sedation dentistry, the gag reflex is temporarily paralyzed, allowing the dental procedure to go smoothly as the dentist can work faster and more effectively.
Ease of Treatment
Regardless of your struggles with a gag reflex or sensitive teeth and gums, sedation allows your dentist to conduct dental procedures without the anxiety you may have experienced in the past. With the patient relaxed, it enables our team to focus on the procedure.
For some, sensitive gums or teeth can result in a dental experience that is cringe-worthy.
But you can undergo the most comfortable trip to the dentist possible through using sedation dentistry. As soon as you are sedated, you will be relaxed and may even sleep during the treatment and wake up well-rested and most of the time not have any memory of it.
While amnesia may not be the most apparent goal in many situations, it is very beneficial in sedation dentistry. The dentist’s phobia usually originates from previous unpleasant experiences, and with each visit, the patient's fear usually grows. However, with sedation dentistry, the dread will be alleviated, even eliminated over time. Their patient will not remember anything during the procedure, thus decreasing their fear of subsequent visits.
It is entirely understandable that some people have dental treatments as it is instinctive to avoid pain (dental and gums) at all costs. However, with sedation dentistry, the pain ultimately diminishes because the brain cannot register pain while under the influence of a strong sedative and anesthesia.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do not expect to be fully awake right away if you have general anesthesia or have been sedated. It can take a while, and you may doze off for a while. It usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour to fully recover from general anesthesia.
Six hours before your appointment, you should not eat anything unless your dentist advises you otherwise. It is crucial to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water after the procedure. The kind of treatment and the form of sedation will determine when you are advised to eat post-operation. Thus, ask your dentist about it.
Sedation dentistry is an established, efficient, and secure technique to ensure that children with special needs get the dental care they need to maintain their oral health.
The sedation can last long after the treatment, ranging from two to eight hours. In the end, the type of medicine administered will determine how long the dental sedation duration will last.
Sedation's effects vary for every person. Drowsiness and relaxation are the most typical responses. Negative feelings such as tension or anxiety will gradually vanish once the sedative takes effect. You may feel a tingling sensation all over your body, especially in your arms, legs, hands, and feet.
You will typically be awake but only less anxious. Before the effect wears off, drowsiness may kick in. However, Intravenous sedatives, also known as general anesthesia, will bring you into a deep sleep.
The most widely used today is oral sedation, usually nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Intravenous sedation was more common in the past but is now rarely used. Sometimes, a sedative pill is also used.
Aside from the sedatives' capability to calm someone's nerves during a dental procedure, it can also be useful for patients who have sensitive teeth or are prone to gagging. With sedatives, those issues are immediately resolved. Furthermore, sedatives come in handy to those undergoing primary periodontal operations.
Sedation Dentistry can help you relax to the point that, with the aid of dental sedation, several patients who initially could not bear the thought of a dentist's chair without sedation find that their discomfort decreases over time as they get positive dental experiences. These same patients will soon be able to tolerate various types of dental procedures without any sedation.
Sedation dentistry allows you to achieve all the necessary procedures you should undergo without experiencing or even remembering the pain and discomfort. There is no need to procrastinate as the procedure’s fear will immediately be shut down when the sedative takes into effect. Dental procedures that need to be performed to alleviate dental problems’ associated with heart problems create an urgent need for dental care. It is a comfort to know that you can undergo any procedure relaxed and even unconscious, sometimes. Thus, you can maintain your oral health without recollection of the pain during the procedure.
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