We Now Offer Sedation Dentistry
What is IV sedation dentistry and how does it work?
Intravenous (IV) sedation refers to the administration of sedative drugs through the circulatory system during your dental treatment. The type of sedation we do is called moderate sedation. It is very safe and although you won't remember it, we can still communicate with you while you're sedated.
During your appointment, the doctor will constantly monitor your pulse and oxygen levels to make sure you do not have a negative reaction to the sedative. Your blood pressure will also be checked before, during, and after the procedure. You might feel a little groggy after the procedure. For this reason, have a family member or friend drive you home.
Benefits of IV sedation dentistry:
Compared to other forms of sedation dentistry, the IV is more beneficial because:
The effects of sedatives administered through the bloodstream are felt much more quickly and dosing is much more accurate than with oral sedation.
IV sedation very helpful for patients with gag reflex.
IV sedation does not affect body processes, but reduces your ability to feel pain. Thus, you will be able to breathe and move on your own. This also makes it easy for the dentist to identify any abnormalities during the procedure and respond swiftly.
The dentist can perform multiple procedures in one visit. This means that patients who need extensive dental care can receive treatments in fewer visits. This not only reduces the fear and apprehension associated with dental visits but also cuts down on dental care costs.
The medicines we use in IV sedation cause the patient to have no recollection of what happened during the procedure. The patient is not aware of the smells, sounds, and sights of the procedure or the dental office.
Due to the fewer side effects compared to other sedation methods such as general anesthesia, there is less discomfort after the procedure.
The following types of sedation are used in dentistry:
Inhaled minimal sedation. You breathe nitrous oxide -- otherwise known as "laughing gas" -- combined with oxygen through a mask that's placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
Oral sedation. Triazolam is used to reduce anxiety and cause a minimal amount of sedation. You may still remember the procedure and the sights and smells of the dental work with oral sedation.
IV moderate sedation. You receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation to perfectly suit you. You typically remember nothing of the dental procedure. Recovery from the sedation is very quick due to the nature of the medicines we use.
Clear Aligner Technology (Clear Correct)
Clear Correct is an alternative to traditional orthodontics. By using a system of custom aligners (trays) we are able to correct a wide variety of issues. Clear Correct can treat crowding, spacing and misalignment issues as well as overbite and overjet. The aligners are comfortable, removable, and best of all, nearly invisible!
To begin the process, your doctor uses state-of-the-art technology which scans your teeth and digitally sends the 3D images to the lab where they design your aligners.
The treatment time varies and can take anywhere from 3-12 months. Scans are always free and it takes just a few days to receive a recommended setup from the lab.
Dental Implants are titanium posts that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums to become the root of a missing tooth. If you are missing only one tooth and the adjacent teeth are healthy and do not need restorations, an implant may be the best option for replacing the missing tooth without disturbing any other teeth or having to remove an appliance daily. With proper care Implants can last a lifetime!
Crowns and Bridges: Crowns are strong tooth-shaped coverings that are cemented onto an existing tooth or implant. Crowns are most commonly used to cover or “cap” a tooth that has been damaged by decay or to restore function on top of an implant. They can also be recommended if you experience broken or chipped teeth, teeth worn down by grinding, or discolored or stained teeth.
When a large amount of tooth structure has been lost to decay, a Crown and Build-up may be recommended by the dentist. This is also common after a patient has a root canal. A Build up consists of composite (resin) material that is bonded to the tooth to replace the tooth structure lost to decay or removed during the root canal procedure. The build-up provides a bonded base on which the crown is cemented. In some cases, a post is also used to add additional stability after a root canal.
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are made of the same ceramic materials and are cemented in place similar to a single crown. Just like a crown, bridges can be cemented to either a natural tooth or an implant. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite or even additional tooth loss. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.
Removable Complete Dentures
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures can take some getting used to and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. Dentures are made of a flesh-colored acrylic base that is custom molded to your gums. The teeth are made of acrylic as well and are shaped and shaded according to the patient’s preferences.
Dentures can also be made to fit over implants. Implant dentures are connected to the implant with a precision attachment. Just as with regular dentures, Implant dentures should be removed daily to clean the denture and gum areas and should not be worn while sleeping. Implant dentures provide more stability, especially on the lower jaw, where dentures tend to be less stable. Dentures mounted to implants won’t shift or slip in your mouth—an especially important benefit when eating and speaking.
Removable Partial Dentures
Partials are a removable alternative to bridges. They can be used to replace one missing tooth or multiple teeth in different areas of the mouth. Crowns may be placed on some of the natural teeth to serve as anchors for the partial. As with any denture, partials should be removed daily for cleaning.
Understanding your cleaning needs:
Prophy vs Periodontal Maintenance vs Scaling and Root Planing
If you have been diagnosed and treated for periodontal disease, your doctor may recommend what is called periodontal maintenance therapy to keep the disease under control. There are some important differences between this and a routine dental cleaning that are important to understand.
A routine dental cleaning or “prophy” is designed for prevention- meaning its purpose is keep gum disease and tooth decay from developing. It involves your hygienist cleaning your teeth above the gum line- removing plaque, calculus, and stains, as well as polishing them. This usually takes place every 6 months.
On the other hand, periodontal maintenance therapy is meant for treating patients who've already been diagnosed with gum disease to control it and prevent it from worsening. It involves your hygienist performing a deep cleaning of the teeth beneath the gumline and deep into the pockets, removing any harmful plaque and bacteria buildup that has occurred since the last visit.
Given that there is no cure for periodontal disease, periodontal maintenance therapy is crucial to prevent it from worsening and causing additional complications to your oral and systemic health. Your doctor will work with you to create a maintenance schedule that best suits your unique needs.
Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and Root Planing (or SRP) is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease (Periodontal disease) before it becomes severe. Root planning and scaling cleans between the gums and teeth down to the root surfaces. The dentist may recommend a local anesthetic be used to numb the area being treated. SRP is recommended when either the gums have pulled away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have tartar or calculus on them. By numbing the area and cleaning all of the root surface, your hygienist can remove the bacteria and calculus present to allow the tissues to re-attach to the teeth and to allow inflamed tissues to heal.