October 2015 Entries
Sedation – an efficient solution for dental fear
Fear of dentists, or fear of dental procedures to be more precise, is something that every dentist encounters on a daily basis. There is only a small number of people who are feeling completely relaxed when they are visiting their dentist. The rest of the patients usually feel certain level of nervousness and stress. Fear is often the result of certain childhood trauma, from the time when dentists didn’t use anesthesia although there are many objective and subjective factors that can lead to a significant fear of dentists.
In some cases, this fear is so great and intense that patients avoid visiting the dentist’s office for years although they are experiencing great pain and even when they finally visit a dentist their problems still exist. If the fear is experienced to a degree that interrupts the proper work of the dentist or if this fear results in serious psychological consequences for the patient, dentists are looking for an alternative solution. They are looking for a way to successfully perform the procedure that is out of the standard protocols because the anxious patient can endanger their safety and health.
Luckily, the advance of technology has allowed many dentists to fight these fears with great success. They are offering patients who have dental fear of lesser or greater extent to use conscious sedation. The sedation itself allows the elimination of panic, fear, discomfort, soothes the patient and at the same time allows uninterrupted dental operation.
Conscious sedation can be practiced in two different ways. The first option is to use oral sedation during which the patient drinks one or two tablets that will soothe relax and provide more comfortable work.
The other type of sedation is the so-called intravenous sedation. Conscious sedation in an intravenous way is a method that relies on the presence of an anesthesiologist and it is mostly applied in major dental and surgical procedures that can last for hours.
Intravenous sedation is a procedure that starts by taking a look at the medical history of the patient or with a conversation between the anesthesiologist and patient about their condition. The patient is admitted into sedation 15 minutes prior to the surgical intervention. The patient is then given a local anesthetic and the intervention can begin. The patient is in a semi-conscious or semi-awake state all the time.
Upon completion of the intervention, the anesthesiologist slowly gets the patient out of sedation. In most cases, patients can’t remember what happened.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
A cosmetic dental treatment includes all dental interventions that enhance your smile. Some of these interventions include teeth whitening, tooth fillings with modern aesthetic materials, veneers on front teeth and making highly aesthetic bridges and crowns.
Tooth fillings with aesthetic materials
Modern aesthetic materials, white fillings, require a specific preparation of the tooth surface after which they are literally stick to the tooth structure. In this way it possible for the dentist to restore teeth affected by caries, improve the aesthetic appearance of this area, restore the shape and form of teeth affected by damages caused by certain non-caries processes and improve your overall appearance. There are many advantages of using this procedure. First of all they are relatively cheap. In addition, they can be finished only after one visit and in case there is need for correction the procedure is very simple. The only downside of this procedure is the fact that the effects won’t last forever.
This procedure involves the application of material on the entire front surface of the teeth in order to improve their color, position or shape. It usually takes a minimal grinding of the tooth’s structure in order to prepare the teeth for the veneer.
Filling the gap between the front teeth
Diastema is a term used to describe the gap between the front teeth. This space between the teeth can be closed with the help of orthodontic devices or by applying aesthetic materials on both teeth which create the gap. If the gap is too wide, dentists usually advise orthodontic treatment because the exclusive application of the material on the teeth will make the teeth look unnaturally big.
These cmall conical teeth are located near the central incisors and they represent an innate cosmetic defect. Aesthetic procedures can restore their natural shape without any grinding of the teeth by simple bonding and shaping of the materials.
Metal-free, ceramic crowns
Metal-free, ceramic crowns can be used in order to achieve major cosmetic changes just like with the help of porcelain veneers. However, unlike these veneers which cover only the front sides of the teeth, these metal-free, ceramic crowns cover the entire tooth structure all the way to the gums. That’s why, the crowns are most used in those cases where there is destruction of the tooth while veneers are used only in cases when patients want to change the shape and color of their teeth or to close the diastema.