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March 7, 2019

Sedation/IV Sedation

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Going to the dentist’s office is a common fear for many people. Any kind of cleaning or surgical procedure can make us nervous or uncomfortable. For many, it is simply the fear of the unknown, or it could also be from memory of previous bad experiences in which there was pain or immense discomfort. We typically want to avoid pain and discomfort, so we avoid going to get our procedures done.

Modern advances in anesthesia have made dental procedures much more tolerable. In fact, when dentists use the proper sedation methods, we shouldn’t feel much at all. There are plenty of options dentists can use to numb or eliminate the feeling of pain while work is being performed. Visits to the dentist’s office no longer have to be painful or terrifying.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of sedatives on patients while dental procedures are being performed. Although sedatives are not required for many procedures, patients may choose to use them to help calm and relax. It is more of a mental aid for patients than it is for actually numbing pain. For most procedures, the local anesthetic used by dentists is sufficient to eliminate pain in the areas of the mouth that are undergoing the procedure. Still, patients might worry whether they will experience pain or discomfort. In these cases, where patients are anxious and fearful, dentists may recommend sedation to help calm them down and put their minds at ease.

How does it work?

Depending on which level of sedation is chosen, sedatives can be administered in different forms. Once taken, the dentist will wait to perform the procedures until they can see the patient reacting to the sedative. This will look different depending on which type of sedative is being used. It may make the patient feel drowsier, less coherent, more relaxed, and more prone to giggling at whatever the dentist says. No matter what form is used, the idea is simply to take the patient’s mind off of their fear and allow them to relax and finish the procedure. It does not numb the pain, but it relaxes the patient.

What are the different levels of sedation dentistry?

There are four different levels of sedation that patients can choose from when undergoing a dental procedure. The first of these is minimal sedation, which includes administering nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, through inhalation. It could also involve taking a pill the night before or the morning of a procedure. This level is light and will still allow someone to drive home and recover in a short amount of time. It helps take the edge off of a patient’s fears by relaxing the body and mind.

Moderate sedation, can also be administered orally, through inhalation, or through intravenous methods. The effect is a little stronger and appropriate for patients with high anxiety. They will still be conscious and able to respond to verbal cues, but may not remember much of the procedure once the sedation wears off.

Deep sedation and general anesthesia would not be as common to use for simple procedures, but would allow someone to be nearly or completely unconscious during surgery. Deep sedation would typically be administered intravenously, while general anesthesia would only be used in extreme cases for invasive procedures. Either of these are useful for patients with extreme fear or anxiety or for prolonged surgeries in which someone would rather not be aware of what is happening. The deeper the sedation, the more risks involved. Your dentist will be able to help you decide which level is right for you and your situation.

How can it help with my fear of the dentist?

Sedatives have only one purpose. That is to help you relax. They are not necessary for numbing pain. They only serve to take your mind off the procedure and help you drift into a less conscious or aware state. By using a sedative, you will be much more relaxed and less anxious when you sit in the dentist chair. Instead of feeling fear and uncertainty about what is to come, you will feel drowsy, content, relaxed and perhaps a little sleepy.

Whether you choose laughing gas, an oral sedative or a stronger IV dose, the fear of what is to come will drift away as you experience relaxation. Using a sedative each time you visit the dentist’s office may help you grow accustomed to relaxing rather than fearing another bad experience. It will at least help you overcome anxiety long enough to get the work done.

January 15, 2019

An Important New Year’s Resolution with Your Cosmetic Dentist

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Now that the new year is here, what better time to make a positive change? If you’ve been self-conscious about flaws in your smile, now is a great time to do something about it and regain your confidence! Thankfully, your cosmetic dentist offers numerous services to give you the smile of your dreams. Keep reading to learn how you can take on the rest of the year with a more beautiful and confident smile.


December 10, 2018

How to Make Your Beautiful Teeth Whitening Last

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Did you know that about 80% of Americans wish they had a whiter smile? So, if you have discoloration or stains in your teeth, you’re definitely not alone. Professional teeth whitening with your cosmetic dentist can give you a confident and more youthful-looking smile. However, this treatment doesn’t last forever. Keep reading to learn some of the best ways to make your teeth whitening last as long as possible.


November 1, 2018

Should You Go to the ER for a Dental Emergency?

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It is estimated that someone makes an ER visit for a dental emergency every 15 seconds. ER visits for dental emergencies have doubled since 2000, making dental trauma an increasingly common problem. If dental disaster strikes, do you know how to handle it? How do you know when to see your dentist and when to go to the ER? Thankfully, your expert dentist knows exactly what to do in the event of a dental emergency.


October 10, 2018

The Extreme Dangers of DIY Teeth Straightening

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Are you considering straightening your smile? Thankfully, modern dentistry has brought you more options than ever before. However, not all of these teeth straightening methods are safe. Many people are trying DIY teeth straightening or choosing mail-order orthodontics because of their price and convenience. But, if you decide to do it yourself, you may be spending a lot more in the long-run, not to mention the damage it can do to your oral health. Keep reading to learn why you should always see a professional for any type of orthodontics.


September 25, 2018

Your Dentist Addresses 4 Myths About Dental Implants

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Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestolder man biting apple smilingAs you look for the best way to replace your missing teeth, there is plenty of information available about which method you should take. The problem, though, is not all of it is accurate. The most reliable way of replacing your teeth is to have dental implants placed, but your dentist says there are 4 huge myths circulating about the process that need to be cleared up. As you read on, you’ll find out what the mistruths are and get the real information you need from an expert!


September 12, 2018

Here Are the Facts about the Cost of Dental Implants in Knoxville

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Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestgraphic showing dental implantsDental implants in Knoxville are helping people all over Eastern Tennessee to enjoy freedom from tooth and gum disease, improved self-confidence and a better quality of life overall. Nonetheless, many patients have understandable concerns about the fees associated with this gentle, effective form of dental therapy. In this post, we’ll explain why there is no quick and easy answer to the question of how much dental implants cost. We’ll review some of the more common implant therapy approaches and discuss strategies for making implants affordable. Use this information to make informed decisions about your health care needs.


July 31, 2018

Your Dentist Explains How to Care for Porcelain Veneers in Knoxville

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Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestwoman smiling with new porcelain veneersIf you have crowded, gapped, misaligned or stained teeth, your smile lacks the aesthetic appeal that you’d like it to have. As a result, you’re not able to make the types of positive first impressions on the people you meet, and your confidence is negatively impacted. Thankfully, there is a simple method for vastly improving your teeth in the smile zone – porcelain veneers in Knoxville. As you read on, you’ll learn what these are and how to care for them properly once fitted.


June 12, 2018

Crowns Vs. Dental Implants in Knoxville: Which Is Best for You?

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Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestside view of artificial toothIf you’re struggling with tooth loss or other dental issues, then you may be trying to decide which treatment option is best for you. For many patients, dental implants in Knoxville are the solution they’re looking for. Implants last longer than bridges on average and place no strain on the surrounding teeth. Plus, implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth and can last more than 20 years.


May 5, 2018

Signs of Dental Implant Failure

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Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestModel of a dental implant.Dental implants are one of the most reliable treatments as they boast a 95% success rate. Understanding how to care for your implant will help you avoid implant failure and becoming one of the 5% of unsuccessful cases. Here are some of the signs of implant failure and the steps you should take to protect your investment.


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