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Find Out How Sedation Dentistry Can Actually Benefit You

With more than half of the world being frightened to visit any dentist, it can become a big challenge to convince yourself to visit the dentist’s office. Many dental procedures cause fear and make people delay their dental visit until it becomes extremely necessary. If you are one of these people, we have good news for you; now you can fix your dental problems with minimal pain or discomfort with the help of sedation.When Is Scaling Necessary 1

When we talk about sedation in dentistry, it can be accomplished by using various methods. Some of the most common methods include:

  • Nitrous oxide:

In this method the ‘laughing gas’ is used as a sedating agent. This is considered one of the least invasive and safest sedation methods. And thus is used by around 90% of dentists

  • Oral Sedation:

If you don’t feel okay with laughing gas, you can opt for the second method of sedation. Oral sedation includes usage of anti-anxiety liquids or pills to put patient to sleep during dental procedure.

  • IV Sedation:

Sometimes, it is difficult to make the patients relaxed enough to sleep before the procedure begins. In such situations, IV administration of medicine is the most suitable method as it puts the sedation process in fast mode and makes it easier for patients to relax.

Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry

If you have a pending dental procedure, take a look at following common benefits of sedation dentistry:

  1. No Awareness About The Procedure

The convenience of getting a procedure done without recollection of it when the patient regains consciousness is truly a blessing in itself. Many people do not want recollection because they fear surgical procedures and the very thought of a dentist using needles and other instruments in their mouth sends a chill to their spine. So sedation is definitely a perfect escape for you if you are this kind of patient.

  1. Fewer Appointments

The best thing about sedation dentistry is that you can get multiple procedures done in lesser visits to the dental clinic. It not only saves you a lot of time but it is also very helpful for people who fear dental clinics in general.

  1. Absence Of Pain

Sometimes patients who do not mind staying awake during a dental procedure opt for sedation dentistry. This is because tolerating pain can become a big challenge for them. While some dental procedures may not induce much pain, various procedures are not only invasive but quite painful too. In spite of numbing agents being used, pain can be excruciating. So if you want to avoid pain to a higher extent, nothing can be more beneficial for you than sedation during the entire procedure.

Sedation dentistry is indeed a savior for patients who want to get their dental problems fixed but fear the procedure. Many dentists are aware of the fear among patients and thus provide sedation facilities for almost all painful dental procedures.

 

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Tips for Dealing With Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be very serious and should not be ignored. Ignorance of dental problems increases the chance of further damage resulting in more expensive and extensive treatment. Take a look at the following dental emergencies and see what you can do now before going to the dentist:

Toothaches

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water thoroughly.
  • If needed, use the dental floss and remove any food lodged in there.
  • If you feel that your mouth is a little swollen, apply cold compress to the outside of your cheek or mouth.
  • Never put any painkiller, especially aspirin, against your gums near aching tooth as it may burn your gum tissue.

Extruded Tooth (Partially Dislodged Tooth)

  • This is a serious condition and you need to get to your dentist’s clinic right away. In the meantime, apply a cold compress to outside of your cheek or mouth in the affected area.
  • If needed, take an effective pain-killer like Advil or Tylenol.dental pain

Lost Crown

  • Make a quick appointment with your dentist if your crown falls off. Do not forget to take your crown with you.
  • Use cotton swab for applying clove oil to sensitive area if you are unable to reach your dentist and your tooth is causing a lot of pain.
  • Slip that crown back over your tooth if possible. If you do so, make sure you are not using glue. Coat inner surface with the dental cement, denture adhesive or a toothpaste.

Broken Or Chipped Teeth

  • Save the pieces of the chipped teeth, if any.
  • Rinse the broken pieces and your mouth using warm water.
  • If there is bleeding, apply a gauze piece to the affected area until bleeding stops or for around 10 minutes.
  • For relieving the pain or keep the swelling down, apply cold compress to outside of your lip near the chipped/broken teeth, cheek or mouth.

Objects Caught Between The Teeth

  • Use the dental floss to carefully and very gently remove the object.
  • Do not, in any case, use any sharp object or a pin to poke at that stuck object. Such instruments can scratch the tooth surface or cut your gums.
  • See your dentist immediately if you fail to remove the object from your teeth.

Lost Filling

  • If you lose a filling, you can use a dental cement that is easily available over-the-counter until you’re able to see the dentist.

Broken Wires And Braces

  • If a wire sticks or breaks out of a band or bracket and pokes your gum, tongue or cheek, try using a pencil eraser end for pushing the wire to a comfortable position.
  • Cover this end with an orthodontic wax, piece of gauze or small cotton ball if you are unable to reposition the wire.
  • Never cut the wire otherwise you may end up breathing or swallowing it into the lungs.

Loose Bands And Brackets

  • Re-attach the loose braces temporarily with small piece of the orthodontic wax.
  • You can alternatively place wax over brace for providing a cushion.
  • If your band is loose, save it and immediately call your dentist to fix an appointment and have it replaced or re-cemented.
 

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