Conscious Sedation (sleep dentistry)
Dental anxiety is a common type of phobia that affects people of all ages who may dislike undergoing dental treatment or simply visiting the dentist for a cleaning. Many people actually avoid going to the dentist because of this fear, and as a result compromise their dental health. Fortunately, there are several different sedation techniques available to help keep patients calm and relaxed during dental visits. Sedation safely allows patients to feel sleepy but still aware during treatment, so that they can be worry-free while receiving the care they need.
Unlike anesthesia, which is used to relieve pain or may put patients to sleep for complex procedures, sedation focuses on treating anxiety and helping patients feel comfortable so that they can receive the care they need to keep their mouths healthy. Local anesthesia is still administered in most cases to help create a relaxing and pain-free sensation during treatment.
Most dentists use conscious sedation, a state that lets patients feel relaxed but also remain awake and able to respond to commands. Patients will not remember most of the procedure with this sedation, but can still respond to commands by the dentist, ensuring that the procedure is performed as efficiently as possible.
Conscious sedation may be administered through oral medication, which is the most commonly used form of sedation for dental treatments. Patients are given a prescription for a sedative to be taken the night before or an hour before your treatment to create a relaxed, anxiety-free state.
Patients will need someone to drive them to and from their appointment, and should avoid driving for the rest of the day after treatment. You may experience mild nausea from the sedation, but this usually passes quickly. Conscious sedation is considered safe and effective for most patients with a very low risk of complications.
Six Month Smiles®
Six Month Smiles is the latest advancement in orthodontics. They are perfect for adults and teenagers who want to have straight teeth and a beautiful smile without the noticeable look of metal braces. Six Month Smiles can provide an effective, fast and cosmetically-appealing alternative.
With an average treatment time of only six months, Six Month Smiles is much more efficient than most traditional forms of braces. Employing the newest orthodontic techniques to realign the teeth both quickly and safely, nickel titanium wires are incorporated for a low force, comfortable experience. In addition, the risk of damage to any of the structures of the mouth is actually lower than with conventional braces because of the lighter force used and rare need for tooth extraction.
Six Month Smiles features Lucid-Lok clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to blend in naturally, making them barely detectable in your mouth. The main focus is on the teeth at the front of the mouth that are visible when you smile or speak, rather than changing your bite.
Dental bonding can improve the appearance of chipped, broken, cracked and stained teeth and fill in spaces between teeth. Dentists apply a thin layer of tooth-colored composite resin to the teeth to restore chips and cracks, fill in gaps or cover stains, and provide patients with a more attractive and functional smile.
First, a thin layer of plastic material is applied to the tooth's surface. Then the dentist sculpts the bonding material to the desired shape and bonds it to the tooth using a special light. The bonding material comes in many colors so it will be possible to match the shade of your teeth. Once the plastic has hardened, it is polished until it is entirely smooth. The dental bonding procedure takes one to two hours and its results last about 10 years.
Electronic anesthesia can eliminate the need for an anesthetic injection when undergoing dental work. Through a small battery-operated device, a process known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can relieve pain by stimulating the nerves that target the affected area of the mouth.
The patient is in control of the amount of pain relief received. If you begin to feel any pain, you can simply dial up the electrical pulses a little to maximize your comfort during a procedure. Electronic anesthesia is considered safer for some patients than traditional anesthesia since there are those who experience allergic reactions to certain forms of these medications. In addition, recovery time after a dental treatment is shortened when using TENS.
Blood Pressure Checks
Taking a patient's blood pressure is a precaution used to obtain a baseline rate. The dentist can then monitor whether the blood pressure levels are changing over time or whether the patient is in distress. This can indicate a reaction with a medication the patient is taking or previously existing condition, such as hypertension.
Blood pressure checks are beneficial to all patients, but most especially to those who may not visit their physicians on a regular basis. While most people have dental check-ups every six months, they often wait at least a year between physicals at the doctor’s office. Monitoring blood pressure at the dentist, therefore, may provide an earlier indication of any problems that have arisen.
Additionally, it is essential for your dentist to be aware of any potential complications that may occur due to high blood pressure if a dental procedure is necessary. It can affect the response you have to anesthesia. Plus, by keeping track of blood pressure levels during a treatment, the dentist will be alerted to physical problems taking place and can react accordingly to ensure the patient’s safety.
Dr. Scott Durand is a certified provider for ClearCorrect. ClearCorrect is the invisible way to straighten teeth without using braces. Clear aligner therapy is an orthodontic treatment in which the patient wears a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually move the teeth to improve bite function and/or esthetic appearance. This treatment is intended to provide the end benefits of traditional "wired" orthodontic treatment, such as straight teeth and improved bite function, as well as the following benefits that are only available when going wireless:
Want to know what's so great about ClearCorrect??
- Clear aligners show off your smile, so most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them. There are no cuts or abrasions from wires or brackets, so clear aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces.
- It’s easy to remove aligners and eat whatever you like. There are no wires to trap food or get in the way when you floss.
- Made in America
- We’ve made our aligners here in the heart of Texas since 2006.
Contact our office today @ 651-565-3511 to find out how you can get started with an improved smile!!