Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a very popular method of minimal sedation. This type of procedure is done using a special nose mask, through which a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide is pumped. It has a number of unique benefits:
Minimizes anxiety – Laughing gas will make you feel euphoric, and reduce feelings of fear and anxiety. This makes it easier for you to get the treatment you need.
Reduces feelings of pain and discomfort – Laughing gas has pain-relieving (analgesic) properties. When combined with numbing, this helps ensure you feel absolutely no pain or discomfort throughout your procedure.
Wears off quickly – Laughing gas lasts only a few minutes, so you can drive yourself home after your procedure, or even go back to work without any serious, prolonged side effects.
The Benefits of IV Sedation
IV sedation consists of a strong sedative, anti-anxiety medicine which is administered intravenously (into your vein). IV sedation has some unique benefits compared to other methods of sedation.
Relax or sleep through your procedure – You will feel very groggy and may fall asleep when you undergo IV sedation, which makes it easy for you to get the dental care you need.
Forget the details about your procedure – IV sedation usually results in “anterograde amnesia.” This means you’ll forget most of your procedure after you’re sedated, which may be helpful for patients with dental anxiety.
Takes effect quickly, offers more control – Compared to oral sedation, IV sedation begins to work more quickly, and the IV makes it easy for Dr. Almoney or Dr. Brown to fine-tune your dosage and make sure you’re comfortable.
When Can Sedation Be Used? What Treatments Qualify?
Sedation can be used during any treatment at Miamisburg Family Dental, as long as you are healthy and do not have any health conditions or other issues that will prevent you from being sedated safely.
Most commonly, patients choose to be sedated for oral treatments like fillings, crowns, tooth extractions, root canals, and dental implants. Sedation can help you stay more comfortable throughout your entire procedure.
Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment?
If you are healthy and not taking any medications that will interfere with sedative treatment, you are likely a good candidate. Our patients choose to be sedated for many different reasons, including:
- To help with dental anxiety
- To help with a strong gag reflex
- Due to a low pain threshold/tolerance
- To stay comfortable during long procedures
- To help with fear of numbing needles
If you want to be sedated, just ask the team at Miamisburg Family Dental about your options while scheduling your appointment.
Are There Side Effects to Sedation?
Yes. This depends on the method of sedation you choose, however. Nitrous oxide wears off within just a few minutes and usually has side effects limited to nausea, fatigue, and headache.
IV sedation, however, usually takes 4-6 hours or longer to wear off, and has more prolonged side effects like grogginess, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, headache, excessive tear production, and amnesia. You cannot operate heavy machinery and will not be able to drive yourself home after your appointment if you get IV sedation.
The oral hygiene habits that children learn when they’re young will stick with them for their entire lives. It is critical to make sure that your kids take care of their teeth and to encourage good oral hygiene habits from the youngest possible age.
How can you ensure that your child develops proper oral hygiene habits? Here are a few top tips from Miamisburg Family Dental. Read on, and see how you can encourage your children to take better care of their teeth.
1. Let Them Pick out Their Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Kids love to make decisions and feel in control, so let them pick out their own toothpaste and toothbrush! There are tons of fun branded toothbrushes out there with Marvel and Disney characters and so much more, so your kid is sure to find one they like.
Let them pick out their own toothpaste, too. Adults may mostly prefer mint, but kids may want to try fun flavors like bubblegum, strawberry, or cinnamon. Letting your kids choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste puts them in control of their own oral care, which will help encourage them to care for their teeth properly.
2. Use a “Gold Star” System to Reward Them for Brushing
Putting up a calendar and marking every day with a gold star when your child brushes twice per day is a great way to encourage them to take better care of their teeth. Once the entire month is filled with gold stars, you can give your child a reward of some kind. An inexpensive toy, perhaps, or a trip to their favorite restaurant or to get ice cream. (Just make sure to brush afterward!)
3. Watch Some Fun Educational YouTube Videos About Dental Care
Kids love learning, and if your child can understand the reasons behind the importance of brushing and flossing, they’re more likely to take oral hygiene seriously. So fire up YouTube, and enjoy watching some educational YouTube videos with your kids. Not sure where to start? Here are a few top picks.
4. Lead by Example and Brush as a Family
Brushing as a family has a few benefits. First, you can lead by example. Seeing you brush regularly will encourage your children to do the same. You can also check your children’s brushing technique and help them make adjustments, which is important when they’re just learning.
You’ll also be able to supervise your kids and make sure that they’re really brushing properly. Finally and most importantly, brushing together can be a fun family activity! You can play music, dance, make funny faces, and make sure your children love the process of daily brushing.
5. See the Dentist Every Six Months for a Check-Up and Cleaning
Finally, come to see Dr. William Almoney or Dr. Gerald Brown at Miamisburg Family Dental every six months for a quick check-up and cleaning. Coming to the dentist regularly from a very young age will help your child’s mouth stay healthy. It also helps them become more familiar with the process, reducing the risk of dental anxiety.
Contact Us for a Pediatric Teeth Cleaning Today!
Whether you’re new to the area, need a new dentist, or just haven’t visited a dentist in a while, Miamisburg Family Dental is here to help. As experienced family dentists, Dr. Almoney and Dr. Brown can provide expert pediatric care. Contact us for an appointment at (937) 866-5501, or stop by our office to get started.
Do you know what types of dental problems are considered emergencies? Miamisburg, OH, emergency dentists Dr. Gerald Brown and Dr. Robert Wolcott explain when you may need to make an urgent call to the dentist.
What are common dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies occur if an accident, injury or infection threatens the health of your teeth. Common types of emergencies include:
- Knocked Out Teeth: Although your teeth are held in place by strong roots, they can be knocked out you strike your mouth on a hard surface during an accident or receive a blow to the face. In some cases, knocked out teeth can be successfully reimplanted in your mouth. If your tooth is knocked out, call our Miamisburg office immediately. Reimplantation is more likely to be successful if you receive treatment in about an hour. Once you locate your tooth, rinse it to remove dirt and put it back in the socket. If it won't fit, place it next to your gum, or cover it with milk or your saliva and place it in a sealed container.
- Loose Teeth: Accidents and blows may also cause teeth to shift out of their normal positions become loose. Both problems require emergency care. If your loose tooth has shifted, call the office right away.
- Broken Teeth: Broken teeth also require emergency treatment. Pain relievers and ice can also be helpful in relieving your discomfort until you receive treatment. Broken teeth can be very sensitive when exposed to the air. You can reduce sensitivity by applying a layer of dental cement, available in drugstore oral care sections, to the broken edges.
- Abscesses: The bacterial infection responsible for an abscess can cause severe pain, swelling on one side of the face, pus or a pimple on the gum next to the tooth, swollen lymph glands and a fever. It's important to treat the infection as soon as possible.
Receiving emergency dental treatment after an injury or infection is the key to protecting your smile. If you experience any of these problems, call Miamisburg, OH, emergency dentists Dr. Brown and Dr. Wolcott at (937) 866-5501 to schedule an appointment.
Dental implants from our Miamisburg, OH dentists, Dr. Gerald Brown and Dr. Robert Wolcott, completely replace missing teeth. From root to crown, these artificial teeth look, feel and act just like natural ones. If you're in good overall health, you most likely can receive one, two or more implants to fill your smile gaps as needed. The friendly and professional staff at Miamisburg Family Dental will provide details on the benefits of these amazing prosthetics and on how treatment proceeds. It's easier than you may think!
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a completely artificial tooth from root to crown. Typically, an implant has three distinct parts:
- A titanium screw or cylinder placed into the jaw during a simple oral surgery
- A metal extension post
- A customized porcelain crown
Dr. Brown or Dr. Wolcott inserts the implant screw and then allows an extended period of healing before affixing the post and crown at a later date. Healing takes several weeks because the jaw bone gradually wraps itself around the implant, creating an exceptionally stable and strong foundation for the rest of the prosthetic. This bonding process is called osseointegration, and you'll find it in no other tooth replacement option--only the dental implant.
Benefits of dental implants
There are many, in fact. Besides the strength and durability provided by osseointegration, a dental implant actually helps the jaw bone and gum tissue retain their health, density and size. Unfortunately, when a tooth is lost to gum disease, decay, abscess or injury, the underlying hard and soft tissues recede because they are not exercised through biting and chewing.
However, a dental implant exerts pressure on the gums and bone just as a real tooth does. So normal facial integrity is maintained, and teeth adjoining the implant acquire extra support to stay strong and well-aligned.
With good oral hygiene at home and at Miamisburg Family Dental, an implant should have a lifespan of 40 to 50 years, depending on the age of the patient. Conventional bridgework or partial dentures last only about a decade, says the American Dental Association, and they require some enamel reduction on neighboring teeth to stay in place with clasps or crowns.
Finally, dental implants are versatile. When inserted in multiples, they can support bridges and even full dentures, giving the patient excellent oral function and appearance.
Find out more
Please contact Miamisburg Family Dental today to learn all about wonderful dental implants. Bring your questions and Dr. Brown or Dr. Wolcott will answer them fully at your personal consultation in Miamisburg, OH. Call (937) 866-5501.
We may not want to think about oral cancer, but we should be aware that it's deadly and far too common. Your dentists in Miamisburg, OH, Dr. Gerald Brown or Dr. Robert Wolcott, check each of their patients for oral cancer during their six-month examinations at Miamisburg Family Dental. Also, they want you well-educated about this disease which affects thousands of Americans annually.
The statistics are alarming
According to the American Cancer Society, almost 50,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer in 2017. Because of late diagnosis and other factors, 20 percent will succumb to the disease the very same year.
Unfortunately, oral cancer knows no boundaries and can affect all kinds and ages of people. However, men over the age of 40 seem to receive the diagnosis of oral cancer more frequently, and cancerous lesions are being discovered in an increasing number of younger women in their twenties, says the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Additionally, other risk factors include:
- Excessive alcohol use
- Smoking and using smokeless tobacco
- Exposure to the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, a sexually-transmitted microorganism
- Too much sun exposure
- A weakened immune system
Keeping ahead of oral cancer
The key to dealing with cancer is vigilance--both on your part and on the part of your dentist in Miamisburg. Here are the signs of oral cancer that you should watch for in your own mouth and face:
- A sore or red/white patch in the mouth or on the back of the throat or lips that does not heal within 14 days
- An unusual area of swelling or tenderness
- Persistent hoarseness
- Loose teeth
- One-sided ear or facial pain
- Problems with chewing, talking or swallowing
Additionally, Dr. Brown or Dr. Wolcott will inspect your mouth carefully, including the roof of the mouth, tongue, under the tongue, the lips and back of the throat. The entire process takes just a couple of minutes, and it's a great way to ensure your mouth is totally healthy.
Knowledge really is power; so know the signs of oral cancer, and be sure to keep your six-month exam and cleaning appointment in Miamisburg, OH, at Miamisburg Family Dental. Your dental team will assist you in having the best oral, and systemic, health possible. Call the office today: (937) 866-5501.
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