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Why Do We Offer Sedation Options?
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Ankur Johri
To answer the question of why we offer sedation dentistry we would like to provide some background information. For the younger audience, this will be a history lesson, but for the older audience, it may be a past we would all prefer to forget. In the days prior to the 1908s, whether you had a tooth pulled or a cavity filled, there was no pain killer, no novocaine, no anesthesia. You had to just handle the pain. We have graduated from those times and are now in the era of painless dentistry. This brings us to sedation dentistry. What Is Sedation Dentistry?Sedation dentistry has four levels; minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia. So which level is used for what? If you are simply anxious about going to the dentist and having a procedure performed, then minimal sedation is what you would need. With minimal sedation, you are relaxed but you are fully awake. Minimal sedation is typically administered either in a gas form or orally. When administered as a gas you breathe in nitrous oxide (laughing gas) through a mask. You are fully awake, can communicate with us, but are completely relaxed. The oral method is a mild tranquilizer. This can also be used for moderate sedation by simply increasing the dose. As mentioned, moderate sedation can be accomplished orally, but for lengthy procedures is generally accomplished by IV administration. The medication is put in the IV. The advantage is that we can constantly monitor and adjust the level of the sedation. Deep sedation and general anesthesia are given for extremely long procedures or people that won't be able to sit still, or who have a gag reflex that may cause problems. With deep sedation, you are almost unconscious. With general anesthesia, it is the same as having surgery in a hospital; you are completely unconscious. If you think you will need sedation dentistry, contact us. We will go over your dental problem, your reason for wanting sedation, and your medical history to determine the best course of action and the correct sedation drug to use....
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Who Benefits Most from Sinus Implant Procedures?
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Ankur Johri
A procedure that can provide more help with dental implants and opening the sinus cavities, as well as keeping them open is known as a sinus implant procedure. Dental patients that want to have these implants put in but may not be able to have them without the use of this procedure because the implant would perforate the sinus cavity can benefit from the use of this procedure. Learning more about the sinus implant procedure is essential to find out if this is something that you need to have done before implants can be put in. We can recommend the procedure if we find that the sinus cavities are not opened or too close to the area. Examples of Those That Benefit from a Sinus Implant ProcedureSome of the patients that can benefit from a sinus implant procedure undergo the procedure to ensure that they can breathe and that nothing is harmed if they are having an implant. Those that have smaller nasal passages and require the use of an implant would undergo this procedure. In addition to these patients, those that may not have a lot of bone in the area to place the implant in would also need to use this procedure to help open and keep open the sinus cavities. During the procedure, the sinuses are opened up and a spring device is placed in the cavity to ensure that the sinus is propped open and that it stays open. This is important when it comes to having an implant put in but making sure it doesn't block the nasal passageway. It is important that you speak with our office to find out more about the implant procedure, the sinus procedure and more that is required. Every patient is different, and we can recommend the best treatment plan based on the specific patient and their specific issues they're faced with....
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Why We Offer Several Types of Sedation
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Ankur Johri
When it comes to oral surgery, you rarely want to go through the procedure without some kind of sedation. Being sedated helps you relax, reduces the pain you'll feel during the procedure, and makes it easier for us to do our work. When you come in for your procedure, we'll talk about the different types of sedation available and which one will work best for you. There are a few different reasons why we offer different types of sedation. Not All Procedures Require Full SedationSome of our procedures are actually fairly mild and don't require you to be completely put under. Nitrous oxide, usually referred to as laughing gas, is a very mild sedation that simply helps you relax. It's a great option if you aren't undergoing a major procedure. On the other hand, IV sedation can function as a general anesthesia, completely knocking you unconscious for the procedure. It's usually only used for major surgery, though. Some People Don't Respond to Certain Types of SedationThere are some people who aren't really affected by oral sedation. This type of sedation is taken orally as a pill and usually leaves the patient mostly conscious but very relaxed. It's great for those who have anxiety or a moderately painful procedure, but it doesn't work for everyone. Some people don't feel much different at all after taking the pill. For these patients, other types of sedation may be needed. Having various options on hand insures we can help everyone. Some People Don't Like Some Options There are some patients we have who refuse laughing gas because they simply don't like it. Likewise, there are some who are deathly afraid of needles and do not want an IV put in. This is another reason why we like to have different options on hand. We want to make certain you're comfortable with the type of sedation used. Want to know more about our sedation methods? Call today to talk to one of our staff members....
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Why Do We Offer Sedation Options?
7/23/2019
Who Benefits Most from Sinus Implant Procedures?
7/13/2019
Why We Offer Several Types of Sedation
6/25/2019
What Age Should Oral Cancer Screenings Start?
6/15/2019
We Offer Several Sedation Options for Your Oral Surgery
5/30/2019
Signs You Have Uneven Jaw Growth
5/20/2019
If You Have Ringing In Your Ears, We May Have Solutions to Help
4/25/2019
How to Track the Details of TMJ Pain
4/15/2019
What Is Distraction Osteogenesis?
3/30/2019
Signs Your Tooth May Need to Be Sectioned for a Dental Extraction
3/20/2019
Sinus Infections Can Come from Oral Health Issues
2/28/2019
Your TMJ Problems Could Leave Your Ears Ringing
2/20/2019
Understanding What Comes with Cleft Palate
1/30/2019
Types of Facial Trauma Oral Surgeons Help With
1/20/2019
Treating an Infection of the Salivary Gland
12/30/2018
Top 3 Reasons to Come See Us After an Auto Accident
12/20/2018
Are There Reasons to Fear Bony Growths in The Mouth?
11/30/2018
3 Bad Habits You May Have That Could Increase Your TMJ Pain
11/20/2018
Your TMJ Problems Could Leave Your Ears Ringing
10/20/2018
How Do Salivary Glands Get Infected?
9/30/2018
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
9/20/2018
Making Your Mouth Healthier to Improve Your Odds of Getting Dental Implants
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