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What is Sedation Dentistry?

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Do you become anxious at the first thought of having to visit the dentist? If you’re one of the many people who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, you know how stressful it can be to get a simple dental procedure done. Those that suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia typically tend to feel anxious even before stepping foot into the dentist office.

Fortunately, those that do suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, sedation dentistry may be the answer to help relieve their anxiety and fear. Dental sedation can be used in dental procedures ranging from invasive oral surgery to a simple professional cleaning. The method of dental sedation used is all based around the severity of the patients fear and anxiety.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry, also referred to as “sleep dentistry”, uses medication to help ease and relax patients before or during their dental procedure. There are many methods that can be used in sedation dentistry. As mentioned before, the method all depends on the severity of the patients fear and anxiety. The following includes a list of the levels of sedation:

Minimal Sedation- Patient is awake but relaxed.

Moderate Sedation- Patient may slur words when speaking and not remember much.

Deep Sedation- Patient is on the brim of consciousness but can still be woken up.

General Anesthesia- Patient is completely unconscious.

What methods of sedation are used in dentistry?

The following include the four most common methods of sedation dentistry:

  • Nitrous Oxide- You simply breathe the nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas, combined with oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose. This nitrous oxide helps calm the patient’s nerves. This method requires little recovery, however, you will still need to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
  • Oral Sedation- This method involves the patient taking an oral medication the night before and day of the dental procedure. The medication will help ensure that the patient is calm and relaxed during the procedure. The recovery time for this method is a bit longer, so be sure to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
  • IV Sedation- This method is considered to be moderate to deep sedation. This type of dental sedation is administered into the bloodstream, which results in immediate relaxation. Like oral sedation, the recovery time does take longer and you will require a ride home after the dental procedure.
  • General Anesthesia- This is the method of dental sedation which makes the patient either almost unconscious or fully unconscious during the dental procedure. While under general anesthesia the patient cannot be easily awakened until the effects fully wear off. Like all methods of dental sedation, you will require a ride home.

As you can see there are many ways you can conquer your dental phobias and get dental work you need. If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, your dentist will be able to choose the best method of sedation dentistry to help put you at ease during your dental procedure.

If you have questions or concerns regarding dental sedation, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS 727-785-8017. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding sedation dentistry.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What’s So Great About Laser Dentistry?

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There are many dental procedures that greatly benefit from laser dentistry. One of the main reasons is due to how precise and effective laser dentistry is for dental procedures. However, the dentist must be experienced and have the ability to use the dental laser correctly to produce the best results without damaging the patient’s surrounding tissues.

What is a dental laser and how does it work in dentistry?

The dental laser is an instrument that delivers a form of intense light. When used in dentistry, the laser can be used as a cutting instrument or can remove or shape tissue. It can also be used for “curing” a dental filling, the laser helps strengthen the bond between the tooth and filling. Dental lasers are also used in teeth whitening procedures. The laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effects of the cleaning agents.

How are lasers used in dentistry procedures?

As I mentioned earlier, laser dentistry can be used in many dental procedures, some of which include the following:

  • Dental lasers remove and reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures
  • Dental lasers remove inflamed gum tissues and help treat gum disease
  • Dental lasers help remove bacteria during root canal treatments
  • Dental lasers speed up teeth whitening treatments
  • Dental lasers can perform biopsy procedures
  • Dental lasers can expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Dental lasers can be used to remove tooth decay within the tooth

What are the benefits of laser dentistry?

There are many benefits that you can reap from laser dentistry. In certain procedures, dentists may not have to use a drill or administer anesthesia, thus allowing their patient to have a more relaxed and enjoyable experience. Dental lasers also minimize the amount of bleeding because the intense light beam aids in clotting the exposed blood vessels. They also reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and cavities. Not to mention, laser dentistry helps wounds heal faster and allows tissues to be regenerated as well.

To see if laser dentistry could help improve your oral health, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding laser dentistry.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.