Avoiding pain is top of the list for most of us. Sedation dentistry has made it easier and more comfortable for a chicken like me to get in the chair. People generally don't like going to dentists. I know, hard to believe. My experience with dentistry at a young age included being backhanded across the face by my dentist because of my fears. It was decades before I would even think about a dental trip. I went to great lengths later in life to avoid ever being in a dental chair again. It was only when the pain became too much (and the smell of my breath would have killed a horse) that I decided to buck it up and go again. After making several of my dentists' Mercedes payments for his time, my teeth are back in reasonable shape. Sedation dentistry was the response to trauma and fear like mine.

Here's what you need to know.

Sedation dentistry generally operates in the top top levels of sedation. There are a number of different levels of sedation (minimal, moderate, and deep sedation) depending on the need for pain relief and amount of work done.

The drugs are given either orally, intravenously, or through inhalation.

More work can be done at one sitting, allowing for fewer dental visits.

The cost of sedation dentistry may not be covered in all cases by your insurance company. Depending on your medical history, you can be disqualified from being a candidate for sedation dentistry

As with any medical procedure, there is a degree of personal risk you need to know.

There are terms you might read concerning sedation dentistry. Here are some definitions:

Sleep Dentistry is an older term describing how a patient perceived their sedation treatment. The patient doesn't sleep during the visit, but … Read the rest

Over the years there have been many advances in the way orthodontic treatment is delivered but none so substantial as the Damon Self-ligating System. This uses a force system that is 'biologically sensible' and applies just enough force to stimulate cellular activity without crushing the blood vessels around the roots. The upper jaw is allowed to expand naturally almost always reducing the need for extracts.

The Damon system is the incorporation of passive self-winding brackets with new high technology arch wires selected to keep the forces light through treatment. By not over powering the biomechanical system the body's own physiology allows the arch to grow naturally without the use of mechanical expanders. The result is much more patient specific and ideal for each individual.

It is also possible to start treatment much earlier when the first permanent molars and incisor teeth have grown in. This could be as early as 7 years of age. In fact it is the best time to look at wherever the child is likely to need braces because it is possible to influence and guide the growth of that individual to the best possible conclusion.

The most significant change in orthodontic ideology is to look more at the face and not just straight teeth. Beautiful faces have ideal facial proportion. Craniofacial orthopaedics looks at facial disharmonies and abnormalities and it is important to look at the body pattern and how the teeth have been influenced by the rest of the body.

By understanding body mechanisms and integrating these with those of the head and bone the teeth sit in it is possible to make a lasting change. This could mean curing back pain and providing headache treatment in the long term. The way the teeth meet (the bite) locks the body into a dysfunction pattern. … Read the rest

Avoiding pain is top of the list for most of us. Sedation dentistry has made it easier and more comfortable for a chicken like me to get in the chair. People generally do not like going to dentists. I know, hard to believe. My experience with dentistry at a young age included being backhanded across the face by my dentist because of my fears. It was decades before I would even think about a dental trip. I went to great lengths later in life to avoid ever being in a dental chair again. It was only when the pain became too much (and the smell of my breath would have killed a horse) that I decided to buck it up and go again. After making several of my dentists' Mercedes payments for his time, my teeth are back in reasonable shape. Sedation dentistry was the response to trauma and fear like mine.

Here's what you need to know.

Sedation dentistry generally operates in the top top levels of sedation. There are a number of different levels of sedation (minimal, moderate, and deep sedation) depending on the need for pain relief and amount of work done.

The drugs are given either orally, intravenously, or through inhalation.

More work can be done at one sitting, allowing for fewer dental visits.

The cost of sedation dentistry may not be covered in all cases by your insurance company. Depending on your medical history, you can be disqualified from being a candidate for sedation dentistry

As with any medical procedure, there is a degree of personal risk you need to know.

There are terms you may read concerning sedation dentistry. Here are some definitions:

Sleep Dentistry is an older term describing how a patient perceives their sedation treatment. The patient does not sleep during the … Read the rest

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