Laughing gas. When most people hear the term, right off they think of the “obvious” effects the word implies: continuous, unstoppable laughter. That’s not the effect at all that comes from inhaling the substance. Also known as nitrous oxide, laughing gas is widely recognized because of its name and the effects felt by patients on nitrous oxide: a woozy feeling as though they’re drunk, which in turn, makes them feel somewhat cheerful. Continue reading
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Several factors can cause teeth to yellow. These include excessive amounts of the following: coffee or tea consumption, cigarette smoking, and intake of certain types of medications. Some medical conditions also contribute to yellow teeth, like celiac disease or diabetes. If you are suffering from yellow teeth, there is an easy solution for this particular oral problem: All you have to do is visit a cosmetic dentistry practitioner in your area and ask about teeth whitening. Continue reading
People don’t like visiting the dentist, as they normally associate it with the pain of having a tooth drilled or extracted. However, that doesn’t change the fact that they still need to go. For those who are crippled by fear and anxiety, sedation dentistry is the answer.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Sedation dentistry is when patients are administered with pharmacological agents, like oral sedative drugs or nitrous oxide (laughing gas), before they undergo dental procedures. As a result, these patients feel at ease while sitting on the dental chair. Continue reading
Who doesn’t take a selfie these days? As a matter of fact, they’re so popular that they’re officially in the dictionary now. However, taking good selfies demand at least one thing—a lovely smile.
Maintaining a close-mouth smile for the cameras may be a good idea to keep those flaws hidden. Some researchers say, however, that the most powerful smile is one that is wide enough to show a person’s side teeth. Continue reading
Pull anyone aside, and they will tell you they occasionally have apprehensions about going to the dentist as regularly as recommended. However, when do-it-yourself methods no longer help in resolving their dental issues like terrible toothaches and bad breath, they usually make it a point to schedule a dental appointment when they can. This is probably what it’s like for most people, but not for you. Continue reading
They’re called bad oral habits for a reason: they ruin the general health of your teeth in one way or another. Unfortunately, most people are guilty of at least one bad habit. If you have a habit listed below, you should break the habit(s) before it (or they) ruins your teeth:
Chewing on Ice
This habit effectively grinds your molars down and makes them susceptible to cavities and chips. Studies have shown that this habit can be related to an iron deficiency. If you suspect this, talk to your physician about starting you on iron supplements. Continue reading
Many people live in fear of visiting the dentist for a variety of reasons. While some have a low threshold for pain, others are just plain frightened by the shiny metal instruments and high-pitched whirring of dental drills. Either way, something had to be done to treat these people without the trauma.
Sleeping on the job
Through the use of medication, experienced sedation dentists keep patients sedated throughout the procedure (some more than others). Naturally, the patients are advised what this procedure entails and what to expect.
Understandably, children are scared of dental visits because the environment is unfamiliar and daunting. Adults’ fear, meanwhile, may stem from childhood trauma, sensitive teeth, low tolerance for pain (for elderly), and gag reflex. Not all patients resort to sedation dentistry due to fear. Some choose to be sedated for multiple simultaneous procedures, which may make the pain too much to handle.
Degrees of Sedation
Patients are usually sedated through one of two ways, oral or inhaled, the concentration depending on their needs. Some also require administration of the drug through IV, with the help of an anesthesiologist. Intensely fearful patients are deeply sedated, meaning they’re totally unconscious during the operation.
Much can be accomplished when the patient is comfortable and relaxed. The patient can get the dental treatment he/she requires, while the dentist can save time and attend to more patients. More patients can now dream of a comfortable and pain-free treatment, and enjoy a quick nap as well.