415 West Commerce Road
Commerce Township, MI 48382
Mary J Stahle D.D.S. Pc
2680 Airport Rd
Jackson, MI, 49202
Mark A Gentner D.D.S.
5556 Metropolitan Pkwy Ste B
Sterling Heights, MI, 48310
Rocco Ciccone D.D.S.
792 S Lapeer Rd
Lake Orion, MI, 48362
Gamal M Abosamra D.D.S.
3220 S Pennsylvania Ave
Lansing, MI, 48910
There are many reasons 50% of the population put dental care at the bottom of the healthcare list: Some people are downright fearful, others have suffered bad experiences in the past and now suffer from dental anxiety. Then there are those who have a very strong gag reflex, and going to the dentist is a real ordeal. Or maybe extensive care is needed and there simply aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish it.
After an initial consultation, your dentist will give you a dental anesthesia to take, it's called Triazolam, before your visit. You must bring a friend along to get you home after your appointment. At your appointment, you'll be drowsy, but thoroughly responsive (conscious sedation). The sedation dentistry team will monitor your every move throughout. The big plus: Most patients don't feel anything, and all your dentistry needs can be accomplished at one time, sometimes in as little as two to six hours, from straightforward care to the most complicated.
For anxious patients, this new treatment is a kind of miracle, a boon to dental health. For the medically compromised, it works wonders, too. Dentistry keeps getting better and better, you'll be convinced.
Your sedation dentist understands your dental fear, where it comes from, and what health problems can arise as a result. Now you're lucky to have a means to overcome it, and dentists are so pleased to be able to offer dental sedation to their patients.
Many patients face their dental appointment with a degree of anxiety. Research has shown that the largest cause of this fear is the fear of pain ... the fear that at some time during their dental care treatment they are going to be hurt.
Sedation dentists have information available about a variety of drugs known as local anesthetics, which are the safest and most effective drugs in all of medicine. Local anesthetics are a resource used in anxiety-free dentistry for the prevention and management of dental anxiety resulting from dental and surgical procedures, not to put the patient to sleep.
Local anesthetics, commonly called Novocain by patients (Novocain is no longer used, having been replaced by newer, safer, and more effective drugs), are drugs which, when injected near a nerve, prevent stimulation from reaching the brain where it would be interpreted by a person as pain. Sedation dentists interested in practicing anxiety-free dentistry know these also work very well as temporary relief of a tooth ache.
The injectable local anesthetics, used today by sedation dentists provide complete relief about 100% of the time. The duration of the numbness varies from drug to drug -- some providing short durations, while others remain effective for up to 12 hours. A doctor will select a drug for a patient that is appropriate for the type of dental care procedure they are having done.
In order to be effective during dental treatment, local anesthetics usually need to be injected. For many people, this is the most uncomfortable part of the entire dental appointment.
Local anesthetics can be administered quite comfortably. Sedation dentists and dental hygienists take pride in their ability to administer local anesthesia easily and comfortably.
The following are some of the procedures sedation dentists practicing anxiety-free dentistry might use to make this procedure more comfortable:
If an individual is fearful of receiving a local anesthetic injection, they should tell the assistant or the sedation dentist BEFORE the procedure starts. The use of conscious sedation such as laughing gas, as part of anxiety-free dentistry, can work wonders to make this procedure more comfortable for the patient.
By Stanley F. Malamed, DDS