Posts for tag: pain free dentist

Overcoming the fear and anxiety to visiting the dentist is quite an accomplishment in of itself! Conquering the first hurdle of going to dentist is quite daunting but then finding someone you can trust and understand (and certainly be able to provide sedation) is another. I get a great deal of questions of how does a patient select the most appropriate/qualified dentist for their dental/sedation needs? I have compiled a list of questions I would encourage you to use when selecting a dentist for your needs:

1. What types of sedation are offered? Do they offer nitrous, oral, IV sedations or general anesthesia?

2. How long has the dentist been providing these services?

3. Where did they receive their training and do they stay updated on the new trends of sedation dentistry?

4. What type of equipment do they used to monitor and are they prepared for emergency situations?

5. Does the dentist have any of the following training:  CPR, ACLS, PALS?

6. Does the dentist belong to DOCS organization (our governing body over dental sedation)?

There are many things to consider when selecting a sedation dentist, but these are the preliminary questions I would recommend you ask the dental office of your choosing to determine if they can provide you the comfort/pain free visit you are seeking!

Happy hunting!

Dr.Glasmeier

By drglasmeier
September 13, 2011
Category: Uncategorized

If I have to have dental surgery, would dental sedation be a good option for me?

Yes, dental sedation has been and will continue to be a great modality to help with patient comfort. Sedation dentistry will help patients cope with anxiety, be able to sleep better the night before, create amnesia which eliminates knowledge of the procedure, and certainly provide pain control so the patient has a comfortable visit. Talk to your dentist about dental sedation and how it can improve your next dental visit!

Did you know?

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Question: Why do dentists prescribe different sedatives for oral sedation procedures? My dentist prescribed Valium the night before and Triazolam the day of the procedure. Why two different sedatives?

 

Answer: Valium and Triazolam have different lengths of activity as well as time of onset. Likely the dentist prescribed the Valium the night before to help the patient sleep as well as promote some initial sedation that will linger due to its "half life" being much longer than Triazolam. Triazolam is short acting but works very quickly, therefore this is given the day of or 1 hour prior to procedure to help improve/deepen the level of sedation. The prescription of these sedatives is determined by: medical history, type of procedures involved as well as length, level of anxiety and others (e.g. gag reflex). Talk to Dr.Glasmeier about what sedatives are needed for oral sedation dentistry!

Question: Are there ways to do dentistry with out the pain or a needle or sound of a drill?

 

Answer: Yes there are, but they are somewhat limited in what they can treat. For example, to not need a needle for treatment either the cavity has to be very small or the dentist uses something called "Air Abrasion" or "Laser Dentistry". These are technologies that enable the dentist to fix cavities without using a needle or drill however they are not as effective when the cavities are deep (close to the nerve) or the tooth is sensitive.

 

I think an injection is much better for pain control and is better for eliminating the "what if I feel this". An injection can almost be next to painless and the discomfort can be controlled by

1. The strength of the topical gel

2. The manner the injection is given by the dentist.

 

I have a very simple rule...if I can't get you numb, I will not work on you that day...sometimes people just don't numb up well and it's hard to explain why but rest assured that if you are uncomfortable then I am too so I will not make you do anything that is uncomfortable! We generally have great success in getting you more than adequately numb which gives you a very comfortable, pleasant experience. Nitrous oxide(laughing gas) will often help drown out some of the sounds of the drill and also with analgesia(pain relief) during the procedure.

 

Regarding the sounds of the drill, we always play music while we are working..I don't like the sounds any better than my patients do? I love music from the 80s and 90s so there is always music in the background or we will play whatever music you like. We also play movies if you prefer to listen to a movie and if that's not enough...I might even sing or dance for you!

 

Back to the original question, the use of injections(i.e. the needle) as well as the handpiece(i.e. drill) is sometimes unavoidable no matter how gentle we are. If this is a concern, then sedation dentistry may be a great way of assisting in eliminating the apprehension/anxiety of these procedures as well as waking up and not remembering what happened.