Many people are anxious when going to the dentist. This may be you, or it might be your children. Sometimes people are so fearful that they put off going to the dentist at all. For people who avoid trips to the dentist, office sedation dentistry may be the help they need. The practice of sedation dentistry involves using various calming techniques to ease people’s fear of the dental chair. Whether the procedures to be done are complicated and invasive or more straightforward, such as cleaning, sedation dentistry might be right for you.
Sedation dentistry uses various levels of sedation including, minimal, moderate, and deep anesthesia. These are discussed below, but the one selected by the dentist is based on factors such as level of patient anxiety, type of procedure planned, and length of time in the dentist chair. Discuss with your dentist at Village Park Dental whether sedation dentistry is right for you. We use a wide range of relaxation techniques, so there is likely to be one that works for you.
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IV or Intravenous Sedation
IV or intravenous sedation involves injecting a sedation medication directly into a vein in the patient’s arm or hand. While the patient is considered ‘semi-awake’ during the dental procedure, many patients do not remember the procedure after the sedation medication wears off. For patients with more complex procedures such as wisdom teeth extractions or oral implants, IV sedation may be the right choice. Also, patients with very high anxiety or a severe gag reflex can benefit from IV sedation.
Because this approach is administered by way of an IV, the dentist can adjust the amount of sedating medication the patient receives. This makes it possible to personalize the sedation to suit each patient. The dentists at Village Park are knowledgeable in all sedation methods and are ready to answer all your questions regarding sedation dentistry. Give them a call today, 281-376-4444.
Often dentures, whether full, partial, or bridges are not satisfactory for the improved smile and cosmetic results a patient is seeking. In these cases, to solve the problem of missing teeth, dental implants may be the answer. Implants offer a number of advantages over dentures including improved appearance, comfort, self-esteem, and durability. Dentures can slip while talking or eating causing slurred speech or difficulty getting through a meal. Brushing and flossing can be more straightforward with implants which improve oral health, and, dental implants look great.
Once a treatment plan has been outlined by your dentist at Village Park Dental, the patient is ready for the first step in the procedure. A small titanium post is inserted into the bone socket of the missing tooth to fill the gap. The jawbone heals and grows around the post, holding it securely in the jaw. Next, a second small post called an abutment is fastened to the anchored post already positioned in your jaw. This second post serves as the receiver and anchor for the replacement tooth. Once this second post is in place, it is ready to receive the new tooth.
Meanwhile, the dentist must make the replacement tooth which is molded from an impression made of all the patient’s teeth. The color of the replacement tooth is matched to the patient’s natural tooth color and the replacement tooth, called a crown, is manufactured, usually by an outside lab. Once the replacement tooth is ready, it is cemented to the abutment post which holds if firmly in place. When the crown is secure, the implant looks, feel, and functions like any other of the patient’s natural teeth.
Dental implants are a good alternative to dentures and offer many advantages. The dentists at Village Park Dental can discuss all aspects of implants and answer any questions you may have. Give us a call and set an appointment for a consultation. We are ready to help give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Call our office today to get started, 281-376-4444.