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Sedation Dentistry Offers a Solution to Folks Afraid to Seek Care

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 17:08 PM

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There are many things that scare people. The boogey man, spiders, public
speaking and dental treatments are just four of them. While we may not be able
to help you avoid spiders, public speaking or the boogey man, we can help reduce
your fear of treatments with sedation dentistry. Here’s more:

Thanks to inquisitive dentists
from the 1800s and their pain adverse patients, sedation dentistry was born.
Interestingly enough, you can watch a movie about one of the dentists involved
in the discovery process should you be so inclined. The film is titled The Great
Moment
. It was released in 1944 and starred Joel McCrea as the good
dentist, W.T.G. Morton. At the time of Morton’s heyday, the preferred method of
sedation was ether.

Understandably, techniques have changed a bit since Morton’s rise to
prominence. Today, there are several types of sedation used in dentistry. They
are general anesthesia, oral conscious sedation and intravenous conscious sedation. We like to offer our patients intravenous, conscious sedation anesthesia, which is administered by a medical anesthesiologist.  This kind of anesthsia is very similar to what one might have for a procedure such as colonoscopy or getting wisdom teeth out.

I.V. conscious sedation anesthesia differs from other methods
in several key ways. For starters, it allows the patient to remain conscious but
completely relaxed. It also doesn’t require airway intervention, pills or a
lengthy recovery process. As a matter of fact, in many instances, the effects of
the sedation will wear off within two hours or less. Time seems to go by very quickly.  Most patients feel like they were in the dental chair for five minutes!  Usually extensive treatment can be completed in one, comfortable appointment.

At this point, you may be wondering how much sedation dentistry costs and
whether or not you can afford it. In general, the sedation process is billed by
the hour. The treatment costs are additional. Because everyone’s dental needs
are different, the costs involved will obviously vary. However, we do offer no interest financing
that may help minimize your financial related concerns. We also work to maximze dental insurance coverage and are willing to help you determine if your particular dental insurance plan will cover your care. To learn more about sedation dentistry and our other
services, please contact us by phone or online. Our phone number is (717)
778-4268.

Topics: gettysburg sleep dentist, Gettysburg sedation dentist

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 @ 15:08 PM

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Sedation care is a widely used and
popular way for millions of people who have a fear of the dentist to receive the
care that they need. It can be a viable and easy option for those who may have a
fear of the dentist, perhaps from a traumatic event they experienced as a child
or adult, or for those who have a special need, or simply for those who need to save
time. No matter the reason, skipping regular checkups, cleanings and, for some,
forgoing important restorative procedures that can jeopardize  health and is
no reason to avoid the dentist. Especially when there is an option. 

Modern dentistry offers a variety of new tools that can make your trip to the
dentist tolerable and comfortable when using sedation dentistry. 

What are the special benefits?

  • Relaxation
  • Increased comfort
  • Control of movement
  • Patient/dentist co-operation
  • Controlling gag reflex
  • Less memory of treatment
  • Fewer appointments needed (time saving)

Who can benefit?

  • Patients with a physical or mental challenge like autism or other special
    needs (Aspberger's Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Alzheimer's, etc.) 
  • Patients with cardiac or diabetic needs. While sedated, we monitor heart
    rate and EKG, to help ensure our patients safety.
  • Patients who experience seizures, epilepsy, and Parkinson's can benefit from
    a more relaxed and pleasant experience as well. 
  • People with fear, anxieties and phobias related to trauma, stress or dental procedures.
      
  • People who have a low pain tolerance. Because pain is subjective, sleep
    dentistry can often eliminate the issue that may arise from those who have this experience, virtually removing the pain altogether.  

 

  • Those with active gag reflexes. Some people will gag even at the smallest
    item being placed in their mouth, like an x-ray film. Using anesthesia
    techniques, this problem can be eliminated.

 

  • Those in need of extensive treatment. Sedation dentistry is perfect for
    those who may need a more sophisticated treatment (root canals, implant dentistry, full-mouth rehabilitation).  

If you or a loved one falls in any of the catagories above, it may be time to
consider sedation dentistry. Drs. Samuels and Berger have worked with patients
who have varied histories and backgrounds from the PA area, and would love to
answer any question you may have about sleep dentistry and dental anesthesia
services. Contact us by calling 717.778.4268, or by emailing us at  [email protected]

Topics: gettysburg sleep dentist, Dentist in Gettysburg, Gettysburg sedation dentist

Gettysburg Dentist Explains How to Brush Your Teeth

Posted by Peter Samuels on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 08:08 AM

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Brushing your teeth is something everybody can do, but unless you learned from
parents who were professional dentists, you may not be doing it in the most
effective way! Try these tips to make a difference.

  1. Divide the mouth into four quadrants starting with the top left as quadrant
    one, the top right as two, the bottom right as three, and the bottom left as
    four.
  2. Start brushing from the last tooth in the back of quadrant one, if you’re
    right handed. (Reverse sides if you’re left handed, so you’re starting from the
    back of two.)
  3. Don’t brush from side to side. Instead, use a circular motion on each tooth
    that includes the gums so you remove any particles trapped between the gum and
    the tooth. Be sure to get the front, back, and top surfaces of each tooth.
  4. Move the brush forward, repeating the movement on each tooth.
  5. Continue from front to back on quadrant two, from back to front on quadrant
    three, and from front to back in quadrant four. Spend at least 30 seconds on
    each quadrant.
  6. Brush the tongue and the inside of the cheeks. The bacteria that builds up
    in these locations can cause bad breath.
  7. Rinse your mouth and toothbrush.
  8. Repeat this pattern with every brushing until it becomes a habit.
  9. Brush at least twice a day, preferably first thing in the morning, to
    eliminate any plaque buildup while you sleep, and before you retire to remove
    debris built up from meals. If possible, brush after every meal.

If you want more dental tips, or want to have your teeth checked, please
contact us, your Gettysburg dentist.

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