Sedation, Along with Understanding, can Relieve Your Dental Visit Fears
For most people, going to the dentist is as routine as getting their oil changed. But if you’re like the one in ten people with severe anxiety, dental visits are anything but routine.
What may have begun as a childhood fear has turned for many people into a lifetime avoidance of dental care. Â This absence of dental cleanings, checkups and treatments can have an adverse effect on not only their oral health but their general health too.
But there are ways you can reduce dental visit anxiety, beginning first with finding a compassionate dental provider. A good dentist-patient relationship is important for everyone, but more so for people with anxiety. Building a trust relationship with a dentist who listens and accepts your fears without judging is your first step to overcoming them
Though finding an understanding provider is important, it may not be enough in the beginning of your return to regular dental care. To help you further relax during visits, we can also provide medicinal therapies known collectively as sedation.
Although it has some similarities, sedation is different from anesthesia. The latter deadens pain sensation; sedation aims to calm your emotions. The most common sedation is taken in oral form, usually a pill (or syrup for children) taken an hour or so before the appointment. Oral sedation is often used in conjunction with gases like nitrous oxide and local anesthesia.
For a more relaxed state (especially during an involved procedure) we may use intravenous (IV) sedation. With this method we deliver the medication through a small needle or catheter inserted into a vein.
IV sedation places you in a reduced state of consciousness. But it isn’t a “sleep” state as what’s achieved during general anesthesia, but more of a “semi-awake” state. You won’t need assistance with breathing or heart function and you can respond to verbal or touch commands. Many drugs used for IV sedation also have an amnesiac affect, so you won’t remember many details about the procedure.
Depending on your level of anxiety, we can match the right therapy to induce calm and relaxation. Sedation can help you see dental visits in a more positive light so that it truly does become a life routine.
If you would like more information on sedation therapy during dental visits, 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 “IV Sedation in Dentistry.”
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder. In fact, it affects over 20 million Americans. The problem is that many people either don’t know that they have sleep apnea or let it go untreated. Since it is a condition where a person stops breathing periodically while sleeping, it can be dangerous if left untreated. There are three types of sleep apnea. Let’s take a look at the different types of sleep apnea in Jacksonville to get a better idea if you might suffer from it.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea out there. It affects 4% of all men and 2% of all women in the country. Unfortunately, though, only roughly 10% of all people that suffer from this form of sleep apnea seek treatment. OSA is caused by partial or complete blockage of the airways during sleep.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain temporarily fails to signal the muscles responsible for controlling breathing. While obtrusive sleep apnea is considered a mechanical problem, central sleep apnea is more of a communication problem. Central sleep apnea is often caused by medical problems and conditions that affect the brainstem.
Mixed Sleep Apnea
Also known as complex sleep apnea, mixed sleep apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea symptoms.
Do You Suffer from Sleep Apnea in Jacksonville?
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you shouldn’t have to suffer anymore. At Schumacher Dental we offer treatments to help cure your sleep apnea. Contact us today to learn more.
Cosmetic dentistry is done to improve the overall appearance of the mouth. While some cosmetic procedures can also help improve functionality, its main focus is the aesthetic look of the teeth and mouth. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, there are several procedures that are more popular than others. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular cosmetic dental procedures performed by a cosmetic dentist in Jacksonville.
While over-the-counter whitening kits have made it easier than ever to whiten your teeth at home, there are still some things that only the dentist can do. For starters, getting your teeth whitened from the dentist can take as little as 30 minutes. Also, they can provide a custom shade of white that is long lasting and safer than at-home kits.
Bonding is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to fix decayed, damaged or discolored teeth. Composite resin is placed on the damaged tooth and then molded to match the other teeth. It is then hardened using a UV light.
Dental implants are one of those rare procedures that fall under both the cosmetic and restorative categories. When it comes to tooth replacement, implants are the preferred choice amongst both dentists and oral surgeons. That’s because they are the closest thing to natural teeth in terms of functionality and how the body accepts it.
Are You Looking for a Cosmetic Dentist in Jacksonville?
If you are looking to have some cosmetic work done to your teeth, look no further than Schumacher Dental. Contact us today to learn more.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are many options available. Out of all those options though, only one is almost unanimously preferred by both dentists and oral surgeons. That one choice is dental implants. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why dental implants in Jacksonville Fl is so popular.
Your Body Accepts Them Just Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants are the closest thing you can get to natural teeth. In fact, they are the only tooth replacement option that your body accepts just like it would a natural tooth. It is by far one of, if not the biggest reason that dental implants are so popular amongst medical professionals. The implant fuses to the bone just like a natural tooth would, allowing it to perform just like your real teeth do.
Since the implant fuses with your bone and acts just like a regular tooth, it also has the longest shelf life of any tooth replacement option. While dentures last about 10 years and need regular adjustment, after the implant has fused it will last the rest of your live. You treat it just like you treat your real teeth. The better you treat the implant, the longer it will last, just like real teeth.
Are You Looking for Dental Implants in Jacksonville Fl?
At Schumacher Dental, we don’t want you to have to live another day with missing teeth. That’s why we offer several tooth replacement options, including implants. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
Meet Brady Reiter and You’ll Believe in the Tooth Fairy!
The Tooth Fairy has been easing the process of losing baby teeth for hundreds of years — at least 500 years according to one authority on the subject. Her name is Brady Reiter, and while she looks only age 11 in earth years, she is actually a 500-year-old Tooth Fairy; at least she plays one on DVD.
Brady is the star of Tooth Fairy 2, a new DVD comedy also starring Larry the Cable Guy as a novice Tooth Fairy doing penance for questioning the existence of the magical sprite who leaves payment under pillows for lost teeth.
In a charming interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Brady says it wasn’t very difficult to play an ancient tooth fairy trapped in a child’s body.
“I’m kind of more mature than an average 11-year-old because I have older brothers and sisters,” Brady told Dear Doctor. “It was kind of just connecting with my inner 500-year-old. It was very fun to play a character like that!”
Brady also enjoyed working with Larry, who dons a pink tutu and fluffy wings for his role.
“In hair and makeup every morning, he’d be making all these jokes,” she said. “He just cracked us up 100 percent of the time!”
But as much fun as Brady had on the set, her character, Nyx, is all business. And that’s how Brady, who recently lost her last baby tooth, has always believed it should be.
“My whole life I thought the Tooth Fairy is just like Nyx,” Brady said. “They know what to do, they come in, they’re professionals, you don’t see them and they never make a mistake and forget your tooth. Just like Santa Claus, tooth fairies are very professional.”
Brady also told Dear Doctor that she is very excited to be helping the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation fight childhood tooth decay as spokesfairy for America’s ToothFairy Kids Club. The club offers kids personalized letters from the Tooth Fairy along with lots of encouraging oral health tips and fun activities.
If you would like to enroll your child in the club — it’s free! — please visit www.AmericasToothFairyKids.org. And to make sure your child’s teeth and your own are decay-free and as healthy as possible, please contact us to schedule your next appointment.