Posts for: October, 2017
The best way to prevent dental visit anxiety in your children is start those visits around their first birthday, and continue with them through childhood. Age One visits are the best way to ensure they're comfortable with the dentist now and that they'll continue the habit into adulthood.
But in spite of your best efforts and those of your dental provider, there's no guarantee your child won't experience dental visit anxiety at some point. If that happens, we recommend conscious sedation.
Conscious sedation is the use of certain medications to help a patient relax. It's not the same as anesthesia, which eliminates pain by numbing tissues (local anesthesia) or inducing unconsciousness (general anesthesia). During conscious sedation a patient remains awake or at the most in a dream-like state, can still respond to touch or verbal commands, and although monitored doesn't require assistance in heart or lung function.
We can induce this relaxed state in a number of ways: orally, with medication given by mouth a short time before the visit; intravenously, the medication delivered through a drip directly into the bloodstream; or by inhalation, usually nitrous oxide gas mixed with oxygen and delivered by mask.
Oral sedation is the most common. On the day of the procedure, we'll give your child one or more sedative drugs, usually in syrup form. For best results we advise they eat a low-fat dinner the night before and not eat or drink any food or liquid afterward. We typically use Midazolam and Hydroxyzine, both of which are proven safe and fast acting.
During the procedure, we'll also assign a team member to monitor their vital signs while they're under the influence of the drugs. We may also employ special positioning or immobilization equipment to keep movement to a minimum.
After the procedure, we'll continue to monitor vitals until they return to pre-sedation levels. The child should remain home the rest of the day to rest and return to school the next day.
Conscious sedation is regulated by states: providers must be trained and licensed to administer sedation drugs with continuing education requirements. Even so, the use of sedation for children is becoming more widespread and helps to safely ensure they're getting the dental care they need.
If you would like more information on comfortable dentistry for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sedation Dentistry for Kids.”
How your cosmetic dentist in Englewood, New Jersey can enhance your smile
If you don’t love your smile, it’s time to change it. If your smile is dull and uninteresting, it’s time to enhance it. The answer is cosmetic dentistry! The world of cosmetic dentistry has revolutionized what you can do about your smile. Dr. Mark Docktor at Dental Arts Of Englewood in Englewood, NJ wants to share how you can show off a smile you love.
If you don’t love your smile because your teeth are yellow, stained, or discolored, consider a professional teeth whitening treatment. You can enhance and whiten your smile up to 8 shades, and the results can last up to an amazing 5 years! You can choose from a speedy in-office whitening treatment that only takes an hour, making it a perfect choice for busy people or a convenient take-home whitening kit that lets you whiten in privacy whenever you want.
If you don’t love your smile because of damaged, broken teeth, consider porcelain veneers. You can dramatically enhance your smile with a naturally-beautiful solution. Veneers are thin laminates which are cemented onto the front surfaces of teeth. Porcelain reflects light, so your veneers will sparkle just like natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are a great solution to cover teeth that are cracked, fractured or broken, chipped, worn-down or badly stained, or spaced apart, overlapped or poorly-aligned.
If you don’t love your smile because you are missing teeth, consider dental implants. You can replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth with a beautiful, natural-looking tooth replacement that won’t move around like dental appliances can. You will be able to eat the foods you love without worrying about instability. You will smile with confidence, knowing your dental implants look just like your natural teeth.
To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dental Arts Of Englewood patients, please visit the smile gallery page on the website at http://www.drdrdentalarts.com/smile-gallery.html
These are just a few of the cosmetic dental services available to create a new smile. It’s time to show off a smile you love! For more information about what cosmetic and restorative dentistry can do for you, call Dr. Mark Docktor at Dental Arts Of Englewood in Englewood, NJ today!
Your diet can play as important a role in your dental health as brushing and flossing. What you eat (particularly sugar) could increase your risk of tooth decay despite your hygiene habits. And vice-versa: a nutritious diet may help boost your preventive efforts even more.
Let’s look at two very different approaches to diet and see how your dental health is likely to fare under each.
A High Sugar/Low Fiber Diet. Modern western diets heavy with processed foods are inundated with two particular types of refined sugars. The first is sucrose, which comes mainly from either beets or sugar cane. Foods (and beverages) may also contain a refined sugar from corn known as high fructose corn syrup. Refined sugars are added for taste to thousands of products like cake, candy, soft drinks or even condiments like catsup. These “free” sugars are easily processed by bacteria into acid. Combine that with fewer fibrous vegetables in the diet and you have a recipe not only for obesity and other health issues, but tooth decay as well.
A High Fiber/Low Sugar Diet. Fruits and vegetables make up a large part of this kind of diet, while added free sugars much less so. That doesn’t make this diet sugar-free: all plant products contain simple sugars produced by photosynthesis. The difference, though, is that these sugars — glucose, fructose and sucrose (natural, not the refined versions) — are more slowly absorbed into the bloodstream during digestion because of the fiber content of fruits and vegetables. You’ll also receive other nutrients like vitamins and minerals necessary for good health. Eating this kind of diet will help decrease the risk of tooth decay.
So there you have it: eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and restrict your intake of processed foods and sweets. You may also want to fine-tune a few items to maximize decay prevention: for example, eat starches in their natural form (whole grains, beans or certain fruits) as much as possible rather than refined or in combination with added sugar (cakes, cookies, etc.). And while fresh fruits with their naturally occurring sugars aren’t a significant factor in tooth decay, dried fruits (especially with added sugar) might.
If you would like more information on proper diets for better oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Nutrition & Oral Health.”