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Cypress, TX 77433

Sedation Dentistry: Relax and Take the Edge Off

sedation dentistry CypressWith a variety of options to help patients through routine dental visits, sedation dentistry enables a dentist to administer mild sedatives or stronger sedatives and anesthetics right in the clinic. The type of sedative used depends on the circumstances of the visit and the patient, with the simplest forms taken orally or inhaled, and more intense sedation administered intravenously. Sedation dentistry is often used with patients struggling with dental anxiety, allowing the patient to relax throughout their cleaning or procedure.

Oral medications, such as Valium and similar prescription drugs, can be administered, usually an hour before the procedure. These relax the patient but allow consciousness to continue. The patient will feel drowsy and likely nap after the procedure, and an escort is required to bring the patient home. When oral medication is used for sedation dentistry, the prescription is typically provided to the patient at a previous visit and the patient is instructed to fill the prescription and bring it on the day of the procedure. [pullquote]Sedation dentistry is often used with patients struggling with dental anxiety, allowing the patient to relax throughout their cleaning or procedure.[/pullquote]

Laughing gas or nitrous oxide can be inhaled and it takes effect quite rapidly. This is one of the most common types of sedation used in sedation dentistry, with the dentist provided the ability to adjust the dose as needed. Laughing gas is a common sedative used with dental anxiety patients and children that struggle in the dental office. The effects wear off quickly once stopped, and most patients are free to drive themselves home after the procedure without the need for an escort. As with oral sedatives, laughing gas allows the patient to remain awake during the procedure, in a relaxed state.

For more complex procedures or those requiring significant time in the dental chair, IV sedatives may be used. These drugs are administered at the time of the procedure, taking effect quickly and inducing a state of deep relaxation. When IV sedatives are used, the patient requires an escort and there can be some side effects, such as nausea and drowsiness, as the medication wears off.

All forms of sedation dentistry are highly regulated and monitored, and used only by trained and authorized professionals. For more information about relaxed dental visits, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.

Enjoy a More Natural Looking Smile with Tooth-Colored Fillings

Cypress dentistFor many years the standard for repairing dental decay required drilling the tooth to remove the decay then filling the opening with dental amalgam. In more recent years patients have been able to make a choice in the solution to repair a dental cavity thanks to the creation of composite resin. Your dentist can provide the information required to make the best decision for your dental repair.

Composite resin is made from a plastic material. When a cavity is diagnosed, using the composite material requires much less of the natural tooth to be removed to complete the filling. This means the tooth retains much more of its integrity.

Dental amalgam has a couple of drawbacks that have made its use much more limited in recent years. The primary concern for many dental providers, as well as patients, is the mercury content with amalgam. The American Dental Association has declared use of amalgam as perfectly safe.

In addition to mercury fears, the appearance of a cavity repaired with amalgam is not very attractive. The amalgam filling starts out silver, but over years turns a dark gray. The positive aspect of this decay repair is the strength and longevity of a tooth filled with amalgam. Many of these fillings will last for decades.

When using composite resin, the decay is removed. The tooth-colored material is placed in layers with each application being cured before the next layer is placed. After the tooth is filled, the dentist will trim and polish the filling making the repair virtually undetectable as it will be a perfect match in contour and shade to neighboring teeth.

Due to the process employed in placing composite resin, the concern for shrinkage of the filling is diminished hopefully limiting sensitivity.

The primary differences with these two types of fillings centers around aesthetics and investment.

Dental amalgam fillings are the more economic choice. However, their silver finish versus the composite resin repair may make the savings seem insignificant.

Composite resin fillings are great, and this filling material solves more dental problems than just dental decay. A chipped tooth can appear whole again. And intrinsic stain resulting from medication, advanced age, illness … any spots, streaks, or marks can successfully be covered making them disappear in one dental visit.

A more natural appearance is made available with tooth-colored filling material. Call our dental office at 281-256-6866 to learn more about your options today.