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Sedation dentistry refers to the practice of using medications to relax a patient while the dentist carries out a planned dental procedure. Using sedatives can be beneficial in a number of ways, including reducing patient anxiety and stress, making it easier for the dentist to quickly get the work done and allowing even invasive procedures to be less unpleasant than they would otherwise be. Below are just some of the many benefits you will enjoy should your dentist choose to use sedation during your dental procedure: Greater Relaxation Many dental patients suffer from dental anxiety and even dental phobia, which often results in them being very reluctant to visit a dentist at all. They will postpone appointments and treatment because of their concerns. By using sedation, your dentist can transform your dental procedure into a much more relaxing, stress free experience. Movement Is Controlled In cases where a patient has a medical condition which makes movement control difficult, dentists find it useful to sedate the patient to minimize these movements. This is because unexpected or uncontrolled movements on the part of the patient can make it difficult or even impossible for a dentist to carry out a procedure. In some instances, the condition may be so serious that sedation that leaves the patient conscious might be insufficient. In this case, deep sedation or general anesthesia may be necessary. No Clear Memory of the Procedure One of the beneficial side effects of conscious dental sedation is that some patients will experience limited amnesia. This means that if you have sedation during your dental procedure, it may be that when the procedure is completed you will have no (or very little) memory of the procedure. Even if you do, it may seem as though the procedure only took a few minutes, rather than hours. When a dentist is performing highly invasive dental procedures (such as multiple extractions or gum surgery) the memory of this can be quite traumatic. Knowing that they will have no memory of what took place thanks to sedation makes many patients much more comfortable with the procedure. Time Is Saved Thanks to sedation, a dentist is able to work on a patient for a longer time. For many lengthy procedures, this often means that the dentist has to split it up into two or more appointments. But sedation allows you to experience less discomfort and exhaustion. This means that you will have to make fewer visits to your dentist to get a problem dealt with. To learn more, contact a company like Legacy Dental Arts with any questions you...

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For more than a few years, there has been an uproar over the use of BPA. Store shelves are now stocked with plastic bottles covered in stickers stating they are BPA-free. While ridding bottles of BPA has been a great accomplishment, this material is still being used in other, surprising aspects. One of the areas in which BPA is still found is right in your mouth. Many dental procedures and tools use BPA. The Dangers of BPA Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an organic compound that is used in many plastic materials, including dental sealants and composites. This compound is harmful to human health because of its carcinogenic potential. It is also able to imitate the hormone estrogen and interfere with the production and function of hormones in the body. The following are among the possible health effects from BPA: Reproductive Disorders Heart Disease Type 2 Diabetes Impaired Memory and Learning Breast Cancer Asthma Use of BPA in Dental Materials In the past, mercury was a common substance found in dental materials, including silver fillings. As the dangers of this substance were discovered, dentists moved beyond silver fillings to the use of white (or composite) fillings. Now, however, there is controversy surrounding the use of white fillings and other dental materials due to the presence of BPA in these products. BPA is not purposefully added to dental materials. It is often present in dental composites and sealants because it is used in the production of other ingredients that are needed to make these dental products. BPA can also be released as a by-product when dental composites and sealants interact with the enzymes in your mouth and begin to degrade. Some studies have shown that BPA can be detected in the saliva within one hour of having a filling put in place. BPA can be found in the following dental materials: Composite Resin (Used for Fillings) Sealants Crowns Bridges Bleaching Trays Night Guards Restorative Materials While it has not been proven that BPA in dental materials has been a major health problem to humans, increasingly more dental practices are upholding the Precautionary Principle and using BPA-free dental composite resins. What You Can Do Use Biocompatible Materials – You may need to shop around for a dentist that uses biocompatible materials. These materials are non-toxic to the body and offer a safer alternative, but their benefits must be weighed against function and durability. Ask your dentist about what the best material would be for your body and individual situation. Opt for Alternative Procedures – You can avoid the use of dental materials containing BPA by choosing a procedure that does not use products with this compound. For instance, instead of root canals which require fillings, you could opt to have your teeth pulled and dental implants put in their place. Don’t Worry About It – While BPA is a toxic material that can affect your health, studies have shown that only low levels of BPA are released immediately following the application of sealant to the teeth. After 24 hours, no BPA was detected in the saliva and the BPA never entered the bloodstream of patients in the studies. The American Dental Association believes that the exposure and risk associated with BPA in dental resins is minimal. BPA is a well-known toxic substance. Some...

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Dental implants are a common restorative dental option for those who have lost permanent teeth as a result of trauma or decay. Specifically, the process of getting a dental implant involves having a metal post (known as an abutment) inserted into the jaw bone and topped with an artificial tooth. Because dental implants are a permanent solution and have a similar look and feel as a real tooth, they’re an appealing option to those who are viable candidates. Unfortunately, not everybody is a good candidate for dental implants; the best way to find out whether you are is to see a dentist, such as Glenn L. Sperbeck DDS Inc. During your dental visit, however, there are some things you’ll need to disclose. Progressed Periodontal Disease First of all, if you’ve ever been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you’ll need to disclose this to your dentist–though he or she will likely already know. Periodontal disease involves the spread of a bacterial infection that spreads to the jaw bone and leads to deterioration of the bone itself. Because dental implants require the fusing of the abutment into the bone, those with progressed periodontal disease (high amounts of bone loss) may not be viable candidates for dental implants. Heavy Smoking Habits Another thing you’ll want to disclose to your dentist when having a consultation regarding the possibility of dental implants is whether or not you’re a heavy smoker. If you smoke, this doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be denied as a candidate for dental implants. However, those who smoke heavily are generally at a much greater risk of developing a serious infection after the implant surgery is completed. And while there are antibiotics that your dentist can prescribe you that may limit the chances of an infection, the fact remains that if you’re a chain smoker, your dentist will likely want to avoid the risk and seek out alternatives to implants instead. Uncontrolled Diabetes Finally, be sure to let your dentist know if you’re diabetic; after all, people with diabetes typically take a much longer time to heal from surgeries. As a result, you may have a greater chance of developing an infection after your dental implants than a non-diabetic patient and are also at a greater risk of developing periodontal disease. So while having diabetes isn’t necessarily going to disqualify you from being able to get dental implants, it’s definitely something you’ll want to speak to your dentist extensively about ahead of...

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