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Sedation Dentistry for Nervous Patients In Shimla

Posted in Sedation Dentistry by UK Dental Tourism on December 20, 2010
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Sedation dentistry is the process by which anxious or nervous patients are treated in a relaxed environment to remove the fear that they experience when receiving treatment normally. This involves affecting the central nervous system with drugs, including tranquilisers and anxiolytics. These can be administered to the patient in several ways.

Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry although this doesn’t cover the whole array of techniques at the disposal of the City of Shimla dentist. The medication used to induce the relaxed state does not have to put the patient to sleep but can simply act upon the nervous system to relax the patient and make them feel more comfortable.

Sedation dentistry can be used on any patient who is anxious about receiving any kind of dental treatment, be it cosmetic or restorative. In some cases this can help the patient to overcome their fears once they realise that there is little or no extended pain involved in the dental procedures. Sedation dentistry can also be used on patients who suffer from very sensitive teeth and find normal treatment very painful. It can also be used for patients who have medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Cerebral Palsy.

The three main types of sedation are oral conscious sedation, inhalation sedation and intravenous sedation. Each will be used depending on the conditions and the needs of the patient. The dentist may also use local or general anaesthetic to numb specific areas of the body or mouth.

Sedation dentistry has obvious benefits for patients and dentists alike. It allows them to receive the treatment they need without undergoing what can be a very traumatic experience. For the dentist, it allows them to be able to carry out the treatment without the patient behaving in an anxious manner, which can very often make things more complicated.

Are You Afraid To Visit The Dentist ?

Sedation Dentistry is the answer to your worry!
One of the most common problems dentists experience every day is nervous patients in their chair. This can be a problem because anxious patients are not easy to perform complex and often very intricate procedures upon. After all, when you are operating with potentially dangerous tools, the last thing you need is a patient moving around and making sudden jolts. However, most dentists do understand that visiting the dentist is a very difficult experience for some people.

This is why modern dentist training involves a lot of work on how to relax patients and empathise with how they might be feeling. Whereas in the past, dentists were perhaps more concerned with the treatment than with the patients themselves, an attitude shift has seen a move towards a more caring and understanding approach that treats the patient not just the dental concern.

In a recent study, 9 out of 10 patients admitted to having some kind of fear of the dentist. In most cases this is simply a mild anxiety that is easily overcome but some patients suffer from a much more severe phobia. This can be helped often by just talking to a dentist before your appointment to gain a better understanding of what is likely to happen during treatment. Other methods of relaxing patients include using breathing techniques and aromatherapy before treatment in an effort to calm the patient down. This has proved to be very successful at our dentists and has allowed countless patients to receive the necessary dental treatment they required.

There are different types and levels of sedation dentistry which depend on type of dental treatment and severity of anxiety.

There are 3 main types of sedation dentistry

1) Nitrous oxide sedation: Also known as laughing gas this sedation is inhaled. A local anesthetic will be used in conjugation to provide pain relief. With state of art anesthesia monitoring equipment we work to improve your smile easily and comfortably.

2) IV Sedation: Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation is the administration of tranquilizer medication into a patient’s vein. Compatible for the majority of patients, I.V. Sedation enables even the most anxious of people to undergo dental treatment. The sedatives administered, create strong feelings of relaxation and comfort. During your dental treatment you will not experience any pain or discomfort. When you have awoken after the procedure, you will have no memory of the treatment. As with Oral Sedation, a local anesthetic will be used for pain relief .

3) Oral sedatives : The technique of Oral Sedation begins about an hour prior to your dental appointment. A sedative pill is administered to the patient and after a short period of time you will then become very relaxed. Dependent on your needs your Oral Sedation can last between 2 and 6 hours.

Statistics show that while you may be conscious for the dental procedure, there is virtually no pain, discomfort, and more importantly there is no fear while you undertake Sedation Dentistry. Feeling almost no pain at all, you will be relaxed and at ease throughout the procedure.We provide sedation dentistry to make your treatment fear free. With state of art anesthesia monitoring equipment,  we work to improve your smile easily and comfortably. For more information call Goma Dental at 177-6450704.

Tips To Overcome Dental Phobia

Over 90 per cent of patients admit to having some kind of fear of the dentist. There is something about the iconic image of the dentist and the drill that causes real fear in people. The reality today of course is slightly different. With the advances in dental technology over the last twenty years, dental surgeries are more like health spas than hospitals and many treatments are now relatively painless.

This is little consolation to many patients who still have a very real fear of the dentist. Many of their fears are rooted deep in previous traumatic experiences at the dentist, often during childhood. For most patients, it is possible to overcome the fear because they realise the health of their teeth is more important than the fear. This kind of fear is commonly known as dental anxiety. However. for a small number of patients the fear is too great to even contemplate a visit to the dentist. This more severe aversion is known as a dental phobia.

Dental phobics are unable to rationalise the need for dental treatment against their fear. The irony of this is of course that by prolonging dental treatment they often end up needing the very treatment they fear the most. If they had visited the dentist in the first place they may have been able to avoid future dental problems. This then is the aim of treating dental phobias. Dentists are specially trained to deal with anxious patients and many find that just talking through their fears with the dentist is enough to allay them. There is also the option to use self-hypnosis techniques which can help patients overcome their fear by putting them into a trance like state.

Recent studies have also find that by using aromatherapy patients are able to reduce their levels of anxiety. Lavender oil was found to be especially useful in reducing anxiety in patients before treatment.Today, many nervous patients make use of sedatives, anaesthesia, and nitrous oxide to help reduce the stress associated with oral surgeries, extractions, and fillings. That said, before you can have these medications, you will need to let your dentist know about any medications that you are already taking. You will also need to provide a list of all medical conditions.

In coming to terms with any phobia the first and most important step is to confront it. Just by talking with a dentist you may realise that there is actually little to fear. Remember, the dentist is trained to help you deal with our anxieties and is in your interest to have your teeth seen to before any problems have time to develop.

Sedation Dentistry : Anxiety Free Smiles

If you are a person who would rather endure toothache and pain instead of going to the dentist to receive proper treatment then you need to know that you’re not alone. Many people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment all, the same can be said of people whose body gets completely tense after just having a thought of going to the dentist to have a teeth cleaning performed.

In order to address this issue in a field of sedation dentistry has been greatly improved and dentist are now able to offer different levels of sedation according to the patient’s fear intensity, the following are the levels of sedation which allow dentists to work with highly nervous patients had successfully perform root canals, wisdom tooth extraction and such.

* Minimal sedation
This is a little observation which is applied to people who are not completely afraid of a dental procedure but they would prefer to be mildly sedated in order to help them relax throughout the treatment.
* Moderate or conscious sedation
This is a slightly stronger type of sedation which allows patients to remain awake and somewhat drowsy while the dentist is doing a dental operation. Most people will partially remember the experience due to the intensity of the sedation.
* Deep sedation
This treatment is applied to people who are very nervous and uncomfortable with dental procedures, while they are still conscious to a certain level, they may not remember the experience. Even though this is a stronger level of sedation the patient can still be awakened.
* General anesthesia
This one is often applied to people who are going to have a serious or intrusive intervention performed such as a root canal, wisdom tooth extraction and such. This type of sedation successfully eliminates the chances of extremely nervous patients from being conscious during such procedures and since they are not conscious of what is going on they will have no memory of the operation.

A controlled and regulated approach to your chosen level of sedation allows your dentist to monitor your comfort throughout the duration of your treatment and post procedure experience is one which leaves you feeling refreshed and renewed from your treatment, safe in the knowledge that a visit to the dentist needn’t be one laced with the fear and anxiety synonymous with your past experiences. Under the watchful eye of your dentist, your sedatory dental treatment can equip you with the dazzling smile needed to project the health and vibrancy you feel from your renewed experiences in dental treatment.

Sedation Dentistry : Fear Free Dentistry

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax a patient prior to and during a dental appointment. The pharmacological agents usually belong to a class of drugs called sedatives, which exert their action by depressing the central nervous system, specifically those areas concerned with conscious awareness.In simple terms it refers to the use of anesthesia during treatment to put patients into a relaxed state, almost like sleep. Sedation dentistry is often used during procedures that require an extensive amount of time in the treatment chair, and sedation is ideal for patients who exhibit dental phobia or have difficulty controlling their movements (this includes children). While sedation dentistry implies that patients are unconscious, this is usually not the case. Some forms of sedation dentistry simply alleviate anxiety or put patients in a sleep-like state, so that little is felt or remembered from the dentistry procedure.There are different types and degrees of dental sedation; the sedation dentistry technique recommended by your dentist will depend upon the treatment being performed and/or the degree of your dental anxiety. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are a candidate for moderate sedation with oral sedatives or nitrous oxide, or deeper sedation with intravenous drugs.

You may have heard this treatment described in many ways:anxiety-free dentistry, or relaxation dentistry, especially in states where conscious sedation dentistry is regulated. Also used are terms like moderate sedation, oral conscious sedation or even sleep dentistry, though this last should be applied only to general anesthesia . The best and most accurate name is sedation dentistry. Modern dentistry now offers safe, effective, and comfortable treatments to anxious and fearful patients. Sedation dentistry` enables you to be kept awake throughout the entire procedure, but you will feel relaxed and likely won’t remember much about your treatment. One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as smile makeovers or extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments.If you feel that sedation, which is the standard of care for the rest of the body, is necessary for your dental care, call us at 177-645-0704.

Neuromuscular Dentistry: TENS and K-7 for Pain Relief

Neuromuscular dentistry sounds complicated, and to be honest, it is quite involved. However, our training and tools allow us to provide neuromuscular therapies that can alleviate a long list of nagging, chronic symptoms, including:

* Migraines or headaches
* Crowded or loose teeth
* Clenching and grinding
* Wear or notches at the gum line
* Pain in shoulders, neck, back, behind the eyes, and in teeth
* Numbness or tingling in extremities
* Receding gums
* Earaches

How We Assess Neuromuscular Dysfunction

Traditional dentistry addresses concerns with teeth, not muscles. However, scientific developments have revealed that some problems and pain associated with the teeth, face, and surrounding structures may be caused by improper function of muscles and nerves. The jaw position may not be affected by teeth’s position, but the reverse is not true. Teeth can be affected by improper jaw position.

Our initial step in assessing a patient for neuromuscular problems involves use of a low-frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation, or TENS, unit. By delivering small electrical impulses to the muscles responsible for jaw movement, the TENS unit relaxes jaw muscles. This results in increased blood flow to flush toxins from the area. After just less than an hour, the relaxed jaw muscles find ideal positioning.

Next, we diagnose the problem with our K-7 computerized mandibular scanning unit, which records proper alignment of the jaw and creates digital models of the teeth. With a magnet and sensor, the K-7 can develop 3D images of the patient’s jaw and mouth. The K-7 also has an elctro-myograph to measure electrical activity in the muscles. This allows us to determine whether the jaw’s ideal position decreases muscle activity. Another tool within the K-7 is a sonograph, which measures sounds in the jaw joint. This information tells us if the patient’s jaw joint is damaged and to what extent.

Therapy Options

If the information we gather shows that a patient has improper jaw alignment, we will begin conservative therapy by creating a custom orthotic appliance to hold the patient’s jaw in proper alignment. The patient will wear the orthotic for three months to stabilize the bite. We can then determine whether the orthotic alleviated symptoms and if further therapy is necessary. A patient may need no more therapy, or he may wear the orthotic as maintenance for the rest of his life. Orthodontics, restoration of tooth arches, or bite adjustment may also be advised.

Dental Phobia

Many people experience dental phobia, with the incidence being higher in male patients than female patients. Many of these individuals do not visit the dentist for regular checkups, and may only visit the dentist when they experience severe dental pain. Sometimes, they never visit the dentist. If they do visit a dental clinic, they may also create a stressful environment in the dental office. Your Goma Dental Clinic team can help you to overcome your dental phobias and make your dental visit(s) as comfortable as possible. There are numerous advanced dental equipment and procedures that the dental phobic doesn’t even know about because they have stayed away from the dentist for so long. Dental clinics today do not smell like the dental clinics of old. Some people associate the smell with pain. In fact, there are different aromas that the newer clinics may have to relax you while you wait to see the dentist. Also, our dentists and dental staff will not criticize you if you haven’t taken care of your teeth over the years. Beginning late is better than never seeking dental care! Most patients are fearful of the noises, sharp instruments and choking. Your Shimla dentist has many distraction techniques, such as music, special glasses, etc., to help you to relax.
Tell us about your dental phobia; don’t let it stew inside of you. At Goma Dental dentists and staff understand your situation. Besides the above distraction techniques, we can apply nitrous oxide sedation with our state of art anesthesia monitoring equipment as well as provide easy oral sedation techniques . Depending on your levels of dental fear, we can use various levels of sedation to help make your dental visit as comfortable as possible.For more information on sedation dentistry please call Goma dental at 177-645-0704.

Anxiety Free Smile Makeovers

Dental fear can be an issue that some people find not only restrictive but also embarrassing. It is, however, something that thousands of people suffer from on a global scale and solutions exist to overcome the problem.Overcoming your fear of the dentist can be a seemingly impossible task, but with today’s modern methods in sedation dentistry offering a sensitive and compassionate approach from your dental phobia dentist, you can now receive the necessary and desired treatments to achieve an award winning smile in maximum comfort and relaxation. By engaging in a dental phobia treatment such as IV or conscious sedation dentistry, your experience in dental procedures can be swift and anxiety-free from start to finish.
A controlled and regulated approach to your chosen level of sedation allows your dentist to monitor your comfort throughout the duration of your treatment and post procedure experience is one which leaves you feeling refreshed and renewed from your treatment, safe in the knowledge that a visit to the dentist needn’t be one laced with the fear and anxiety synonymous with your past experiences. Under the watchful eye of your dentist, your sedatory dental treatment can equip you with the dazzling smile needed to project the health and vibrancy you feel from your renewed experiences in dental treatment.In the world of sedation dentistry, you can now achieve the winning smile that you have always wanted and deserve but have been too afraid to undergo. With the range of treatments and procedures available to make you glow, you can now attain what might have seemed impossible.

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