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Am I A Candidate For Sedation Dentistry?

Are you feeling anxious about your upcoming dental appointment? Have you been postponing scheduling your next appointment due to fear of what may happen when you sit down in one of our dental chairs? If so, you are not alone, and we have a solution for you. There are many patients that fear coming to the dentist, and at Vivid Dental we offer sedation dentistry to help combat these fears so that you are able to keep your oral health on track. If you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate for minimal sedation, keep reading to find out!

Here are some of the most common reasons our patients tend to consider the use of sedation dentistry:

  • to ease sensitive teeth
  • to control an enhanced gag reflex
  • if they experience general anxiety prior to, and during, dental visits

Minimal sedation provides our patients with a feeling of comfort throughout their entire experience with us. It is a safe & effective way to calm their nerves during any kind of dental appointment, whether the procedure is large or small.

If you are an elderly patient, or a patient with a pre-existing health condition such as cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes or a respiratory disease, consult your dentist for a personalized treatment plan before getting your mind set on minimal sedation. Together we can determine if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Because of your health condition or age, you may have a higher risk for side effects like headaches, shivering, excessive sweating, nausea and fatigue, and minimal sedation may not be right for you. In some cases we are able to offer smaller dosages of sedation to our elderly patients to minimize these risks and negative side effects.

Our sedation dentistry experts are here to talk through your options, and to guide you through whether or not you are a candidate. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, or whether it would be a good fit for you, give us a call at 336-774-1771.

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What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Many people fear their next trip to the dentist and end up not giving their teeth the care they deserve due to those anxieties. If scheduling your next trip to the dentist makes your nerves go a little haywire, you may want to consider a sedation appointment. Sedation dentistry helps to calm your nerves during dental treatments so that your teeth can be properly cared for, and we can help you maintain good oral health. We wanted to provide you with the following information on sedation dentistry to help you determine if this is a good solution to your dental unease. 

With sedation dentistry one of our dental experts will administer medication to help you relax during a regular exam and cleaning, or any other dental procedure you may need to undergo. Some people may also refer to this process as “sleep dentistry,” although that is not entirely accurate. We offer multiple variations on dental sedatives based on your level of anxiety, and your awareness can range from completely awake to very drowsy depending on the dosage we determine together.

The sedatives we offer can be administered through inhalation of gas or taken orally with a pill. The most common form of inhaled sedation is nitrous oxide, which you may know as “laughing gas.” This form of sedation will not put you to sleep fully, but it will help to ensure that you remain relaxed throughout your entire appointment. If you are feeling a bit more on edge, we can provide you with an oral sedative that will be prescribed to you prior to your appointment to be taken an hour before your scheduled treatment. This will have you feeling relaxed by the time our dentists or hygienists have you set up in the chair.

Sedation Dentistry can also be used to help with the following issues outside of anxiety:

  • low pain tolerance
  • bad gag reflex
  • extreme tooth sensitivity
  • inability to sit still for your appointment

If you believe you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry, call our front desk today to talk about your options with one of our friendly staff members before your next appointment with Vivid Dental!

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Properly Caring for Your Dental Implants

Dental Implants were a great choice to get your beautiful smile back! They provide the same stability as your original teeth so you can feel confident in long lasting results, especially if you are properly caring for dental implants. At Vivid Dental, we understand that you want your implant to maintain the same great look as the day we put it in place. To help you properly care for your dental implant, we have worked together to provide you with the information below to help clarify the proper care of your dental implants.

The first 48 hours after your dental implant surgery is the most important time to ensure you are properly caring for dental implants. Make sure to keep the gauze pack in place immediately following the surgery, and only change it if you have persistent bleeding. If the bleeding is minimal, you can revert to changing the gauze just every hour rather than every time you notice it getting stained. On the first day you can expect  oozing, bleeding, swelling, and a little bit of discomfort or pain as your body is getting adjusted to the new implant. Make sure to apply ice, rinse with salt water starting 24 hours after the procedure, and brush your teeth very gently the night of surgery. This regimen will help prevent any potential infection that comes with not properly caring for dental implants and your oral health.

For the weeks following your procedure, you should continue your normal oral health regimen and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings. It is recommended to get your implant professionally cleaned often in the first couple of months after the procedure. Brushing, flossing and rinsing with salt water are all must-do’s for the first few weeks. It is also a good idea to adjust your diet to eating less acidic and softer foods. 

For long-term results remember to clean your dental implant properly and schedule appointments with our dental experts at Vivid Dental just as you would for your natural teeth! This will keep implants strong and healthy so you can go on enjoying your regular activities. If you have any further questions regarding your new dental implant, or want to schedule a follow up appointment, use our easy online scheduler or call the location most convenient to you today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Are you a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a great option for restoring your smile to its original glory. At Vivid Dental, we worked together to share with you the information below to help identify if you are an appropriate candidate for this restorative dental treatment. 

Dental implants allow you the opportunity to replace any missing teeth you may have, whether that means just one or your entire mouth! To be a good candidate for dental implants, it is best if your jaw line has completely matured and will no longer grow anymore. Full jaw development usually occurs between the ages of 21 and 25 years old. Other factors to consider are whether or not you have healthy gums or a quality bone structure, since dental implants are built into your jaw for great long term results. If you do have gum disease or cavities, our doctors at Vivid Dental will recommend you wait until these have been properly treated or removed before the permanent placement of your dental implants. 

Long lasting results are the reason many candidates choose this option over dental bridges or dentures. Since implants are built directly into your jaw bone, they are non-removable and guarantee a permanently beautiful smile. In addition to a quality bone structure, a proper amount of bone density is needed for the implants to be securely held in place.

Unfortunately, there are some instances where dental implants are not be the best option for our patients. These instances may include: cancer, radiation to the jaw, uncontrolled gum disease, smoking habits, alcohol addiction or uncontrolled diabetes. 

Dental implants are great for patients who are looking for a beautiful, healthy smile without having to go through orthodontic treatment and avoiding repeat procedures over time. They provide the same stability as your original teeth did, which means you can continue your active lifestyle without worrying about damage to teeth, like temporary dentures. If you have any further questions about your candidacy for this service, or want to schedule an appointment to discuss the matter further, use our easy online scheduler or call the location most convenient to you today. We look forward to hearing from you!