We are well aware of the phobias that affect many people when the topic of dentistry shows up. Are you affected by this? Maybe you know about people who have been putting off their oral health for years due to conventional dental practices.
Now, What if you could have all the necessary treatment needed while sleeping, and free of pain?
Well, because we are specialized in Sedation Dentistry and Sleep Dentistry, treating people undergoing dental phobias or anxieties is not a problem. We will suggest the best option out of all the different existing types. These include providing oral sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), a pill, or intravenous sedation through a combination of drugs. The primary goal is meeting the needs of the patient, so both the patient and the dentist feel comfortable receiving and providing maximum dental care-safe, stress-free and painless.
Sedation Dentistry or Sleep Dentistry, What is it?
Let us first set clear the fact the patient needs the help of someone who can take him to and from the appointment. That is because the oral medication is given about one hour before such date. This relaxing medicine puts the patient in the appropriate state of sedation thru the dental treatment. What matters: It is completely safe!
On your arrival, you are asked to rest in a comfortable, warm, quiet room. During the whole session, you will be carefully monitored to ensure the best and safest state for the treatment. As a result, we can assure that complex dental procedures, which may demand many appointments, can be finished in just one session. And the patient will not notice anything while sleeping.
In the same way that 360-degree technology is impressive in the field of entertainment, having its assistance in dental care allows dentists to identify many issues and structures that a regular x-ray can not. For instance, specific types of structural problems, asymmetry as well as infections can be easily viewed with the help of the Panorex.
And the procedure is straightforward. The patient sits in a chair and places his chin on a small ledge. Then the machine rotates around the patient’s head taking a full 360-degree view of the teeth, skull, sinuses and bones. All this information, as a whole, is beneficial for the dentist. It allows us to see any potential problems. After some procedures, this imaginary help oral care professionals to make sure everything is working correctly.
The intraoral camera is the tool that helps dentists viewing different angles in the patient’s mouth. This practical camera allows us checking the entire mouth on a screen with total accuracy. The closer look obtained helps in the prevention of any potential issues or problems that may show up. All that, having the very patients seeing the same images on the screen first hand. If you are looking for gaining acceptance of the procedure budgeted from insurance companies, these digital images are also excellent.
Also known as root canal. With this procedure, the roots or nerves of the tooth are removed. It is recommended when they are infected and then, causing pain. A specific electrical handpiece is used for the Rotary Endodontics on the tooth. Thank the tool process finishes faster, and the dentist works with greater ease.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Something fundamental nowadays is detecting in advance possible critical threats to our health. One of those threats related to our mouth is oral cancer. So having periodical screenings should be an essential part of the dental visit for the patient. We are now able to notice the start of a potential problem before it gets bigger or unstoppable.
Besides, some lifestyle choices can have a massive impact on tissues and the overall health in one’s mouth. So, if someone is a heavy drinker or a smoker, it is commendatory making sure to get regular screenings programmed on visiting the dentist.
The oral cancer screening may go along with an ultraviolet light or similar devices that allows health professionals to analyze issues that are not detected by the look of an eye in normal conditions.
Even though we have gotten the advantages of X-rays for detecting problems on our bones, we are also aware of the possible side effects of being overexposed to this kind of examination, for example, when a female patient is pregnant. So, providing nearly 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray, Digital x-rays are becoming adopted by a large percentage of the dental industry. With the help of this tool, a dentist can take an accurate image of the tooth or teeth. Then, when put it into an imaging program, some digital tools allow the dentist to obtain a pretty clean look at the teeth and overall structures. The digital version of the x-ray has a greater sensitiveness to this radiation and has been specifically designed taking into account the patient´s interest.
Single Tooth Anesthesia System (STA)
If individual patients are afraid of needles (and even more when that needle is supposed to enter within their mouth), then the STA is for them. This is, essentially, a computer-controlled dental injection. Almost everything is controlled by a computer: the flow rate of the local anesthetic, speed and steadiness. As a result, a slow and comfortable injection is guaranteed.
Consider some of its characteristics: it does not look like a syringe, its “hardware” sounds similar to a miniature computer tower. You can see a cartridge with a local anesthetic on the top of the little tower. Then there is this pen-like handpiece, which brings a needle within connected to it through a tube. And the needle? Right there, at the end of the handpiece device that looks just like a ballpoint pen. Yes, the needle is very tiny. And the sleepy liquid is gotten in there somehow. Even the dentist hold it like a pen!
For the dentist, using the Wand is not only easy but enjoyable, because it is light and comfortable to handle. The oral professional uses the foot pedal connected to the computer tower for starting it. The computer takes care of the rest. This gives the operator the freedom of focusing all the attention on using the handpiece and giving the patient the right treatment. By the way, the holder of the cartridge, the tube, and stick handpiece are set as single-use disposables for sanitary purposes. But you can also find a “safety” wand handpiece on cool blue, bringing a self-retracting needle (take a look of the photo featuring the CompuDent tower above). Most dentists prefer the use of the “standard” wand, though. That is because they find it easier to handle. Now, the safety feature prevents dental staff from accidents such as poking themselves when tossing used handpieces.