For millions of Americans, just the thought of a trip to the dentist produces classic symptoms of anxiety:
- a racing heart
- unease and panic
- Inhaled sedation: Also called "laughing gas," nitrous oxide is administered via mask. It allows the patient to be relaxed but awake during his dental work.
- Oral sedation: Typically in pill form, this is a tranquilizer such as Valium, Atavan or Xanax. Taken at home before the appointment and perhaps again at the office, this medication helps the person take a nap in the dental chair and to easily wake up when the procedures are done.
- Intravenous sedation: Administered through a vein, sleep comes on quickly. This is a deeper anesthesia, and it has to wear off before the individual wakes up. Both oral and IV sedation require a friend or family member to transport the patient home.
- Local sedation: This is Novacaine or similar injection put right at the site of the restorative work or even dental cleaning to relieve any associated discomfort. It is often given by itself or along with inhaled or oral sedation. The dentist will swab the area with a topical anaesthetic before injecting the Novacaine.
- the patient's health history, including his medications, past surgeries, allergies and other reactions to medications
- the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) drug guidelines for the patient's age and medical history
- how the dentist may administer oxygen and drugs to reverse sedation
Protect your teeth against decay and gum disease in between visits to see your Gig Harbor, WA dentist.
You’ve just come back from the dentist. Your teeth feel smooth and look dazzling. You only wish you could get those kinds of results from your at-home care; however, even though your toothbrush and floss might not be the same as the tools your Gig Harbor, WA dentist uses, it does not mean that there are not things you can do to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best until your next dental visit. Follow these helpful tips for keeping teeth pristine.
Adopt a Flossing Schedule
Your Gig Harbor, WA dentist can’t tell you enough how important regular flossing is for your smile. You should be flossing at least once a day to remove food and plaque and to reduce the presence of stains. While brushing is also a crucial part of good oral hygiene, flossing is truly the only way to remove buildup and foot particles from between teeth and other hard-to-reach spots. Even if your teeth are healthy, if your gums are red and inflamed then your smile can’t look its best!
Eat for Your Smile
What you put in your mouth is often just as important as how you care for your teeth. After all, certain foods and drinks can cause stains and produce acid, which attacks tooth enamel and weakens your smile. Therefore, to keep teeth healthy between dental visits, you will want to limit your intake of sugar, starchy foods like potato chips, coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks and other dark foods that could stain your white teeth. Opt instead for lean meats, low-fat dairy products, crunchy raw fruits and vegetables, and lots of water.
Opt for Superior Oral Care Products
Some patients find that their electric toothbrush offers them superior results; however, the choice is completely up to you. Whatever feels most comfortable is what we recommend. After all it’s your regime; however, some people find that the electric toothbrush offers the proper amount of pressure so they don’t push too hard and damage their teeth while also offering a deep down clean. You may also find that it’s easier to get into certain nooks and crannies with your electric toothbrush that you couldn’t with a manual.
We also recommend getting ADA-approved whitening toothpastes to keep up with your white smile. Talk to your Gig Harbor, WA dentist if you need recommendations for which whitening products to use.
It’s never too late to schedule your next appointment with us. Call us if you want to put your next visit on the books. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about your dental health, you can always call us.
1. Floss daily:
2. Replace old toothbrushes:
3. Brush for at least two to three minutes:
1. Oral Sedation
- A wide array of patients can benefit from oral sedation including those with:
- High dental anxiety and fear
- A severe gag reflex
- Chronic or acute jaw soreness
- Physical limitations such as back and neck problems
- Difficulty getting numb
- A reluctance to previously complete treatment plans
- Extensive treatment needs
2. Intravenous (IV) Sedation
3. Inhalation Sedation
Michael Flatley DDS and team are committed to helping the Gig Harbor community with their dental fears by offering complimentary sedation for new patients.
A dental office regardless of its importance to your overall health can be a scary place. In fact, research shows that 50% of the population is fearful of the dentist and it is the number one reason people neglect their smiles. If you’re one of these people we can certainly empathize with your situation and have an offer of complimentary Sedation to help ease your dental anxiety. Schedule today by clicking the Appointment Request form or by calling 253-853-4955 today.
If you are one of those who fear going to the dentist then you may be putting of necessary dental appointments and increasing the damage of your current dental issues. The problem is that your oral health is only going to continue to get worse and end up being more expensive and even end up causing more serious health issues.
The good news is that you do not need to suffer through dental appointments. At Michael Flately DDS, our office is committed to working with you to ensure a bearable, even pleasant visit when you need dental care. That is why we offer complimentary sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is the practice of providing varying levels of sedation to dental patients with the goal of easing their anxiety and allowing them to relax during their appointment. There are two more common types of sedation that we offer and we work with you to determine which method best suits your needs.
Oral sedation uses prescribed medications that have varying degrees of anti-anxiety effects and sedation effects. The most common medications used are benzodiazepines, which are better known by their trade names, such as Valium, Halcion, Ativan, and Xanax. Dentists prescribe these medications based on your individual needs and they are safe when used as directed.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is the most common form of sedation. The sedative is administered through a tube connected to a hood, or mask, that you wear over your nose on the day of your appointment. You will breath in the gas and become calmer and less anxious.
We now offer Complimentary Sedation to help our Gig Harbor community achieve their oral health goals
You may fear the dentist but you do not need to avoid your appointments any longer. We will work with your dental anxiety or dental phobia to ensure that you get the oral care you need in the most relaxed manner possible.
Schedule through our Appointment Request form to receive your no obligation walk through and to get acquainted and comfortable to prepare you for your sedation dentistry experience.
Please note: Some restrictions apply. Not all patients will qualify to receive sedation medication. A thorough diagnosis, treatment plan and prescription are required prior to dispensing any medication.
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