Minimal Sedation Dentistry Explained

Minimal Sedation Dentistry ExplainedMinimal sedation dentistry is a service designed to help you relax and remain calm while receiving dental care. It can be combined with an analgesic during or after a dental procedure for enhanced pain relief. Minimal sedation dentistry is also available for children and adults who have fear or anxiety about going to the dentist.

Inhaled Minimal Sedation

Inhaled minimal sedation is delivered to your body through a face mask connected by tubing to a tank of a gas. The gas is usually nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas.” This substance produces a light level of sedation that relaxes you. The dentist can adjust the level of the gas throughout your procedure. Its effects wear off quickly, and you can drive yourself home after this type of sedation.

Oral Minimal Sedation

Oral minimal sedation is administered in pill or tablet form. Two common medications used for oral minimal sedation include Halcion and Valium. These drugs start to work in about 30 to 60 minutes. They produce a calming and relaxing effect to the point that you may take a light nap during your dental procedure. You may feel groggy or drowsy for a few hours after being given oral minimal sedation.

When to Consider Minimal Sedation Dentistry

If you have anxiety about receiving dental care, minimal sedation dentistry may help you to relax enough to get the care that you need. These services can help to calm you so that you are able to sit long enough to have your teeth cleaned, examined and treated. Minimal sedation dentistry might also be helpful if you need a time-consuming dental treatment because you may doze or rest during the procedure.

Minimal sedation dentistry is a possibility. Call Faye Nazari, DDS for this important option.

More Details About Oral Surgery

More Details About Oral SurgeryOral surgery involves operating on the soft tissue, jaw or temporomandibular joints. Before you have oral surgery, you will be given some pre-surgical guidelines to follow for your specific operation. After your procedure, it is important to follow the instructions from the dentist in order to have a speedy and a full recovery.

Conditions Requiring Oral Surgery

There are many reasons why people need oral surgery, such as the removal of an impacted tooth. This is a common issue with wisdom teeth. You may also need oral surgery to receive a dental implant or to treat jaw problems, such as those that result from jaws that are misaligned, unequal in size or broken. Oral surgery can also be performed to remove a lesion or growth from the mouth area.

Pain Relief for Oral Surgery

Your dentist will determine which type of anesthesia is best for your type of oral surgery. For a simple tooth extraction, a local anesthetic may be sufficient. If your treatment will take longer or will be more complex, you may need sedation or general anesthesia.

Recovery After Oral Surgery

You may feel sleepy from anesthesia after oral surgery, so have someone drive you home. Choose soft foods to ease any discomfort. Mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup and flavored gelatin are good choices. You may find comfort from cold compresses applied to the cheek near the surgical location. You may need to avoid certain behaviors such as using a straw, smoking or vigorously rinsing your mouth. These activities can interfere with your body’s natural healing process. Brush and floss your other teeth as usual, but avoid the surgery site. Your dentist might also prescribe a pain reliever or suggest over-the-counter remedies, such as ibuprofen.

When you are in need of oral surgery services, call Highland Family Dental Care today.

 

Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery

The best smile is a healthy smile. To achieve a healthy smile, your dentist may recommend oral surgery. Although you might be intimidated by the word “surgery,” this type of treatment is designed to provide the relief you need for some dental problems.

 

At Highland Family Dental care, Dr. Faye Nazari performs several types of oral surgery. These include:

 

  • Frenectomies: These treatments restore the look of your smile if the gums are pulling from the teeth or receding.
  • Extractions: Teeth must sometimes be removed. This can be done to relieve crowding, treat disease or repair damage from an injury.
  • Post-extraction Restorations: Grafting can prevent bone loss after a tooth has been removed. There are several options for filling the empty space, including partial dentures, bridges and implants.
  • Implant Placements: If teeth are missing, you may be a candidate for implants. A screw is inserted into the jaw, and a replacement tooth is placed over it.

 

Some oral surgery procedures, such as frenectomies, are quite simple. Recovery time for these is quick and easy. Other surgeries are more involved. They require anesthetic during the procedure and recovery time afterward.

Oral Surgery Aftercare

After a procedure, the dental staff will advise you on what to expect and how to take care of yourself during the recovery process. Often, patients are encouraged to take it easy for a few days, apply ice, rinse with salt water and eat soft foods. Swelling can last about 48 hours after surgery, and your healing will continue over the next several weeks.

For all of your oral surgery needs, visit Dr. Faye Nazari at Highland Family Dental Care. She and her staff will take good care of you from the beginning to the end of every procedure.

Same Day Dentistry

Same Day DentistryVisiting the dentist every six months for checkups can help you discover many dental problems before they become severe. However, there are times when you just cannot wait for your regular checkup. Same-day dentistry services are designed to address urgent dental care situations such as infections and broken teeth.

Toothaches

Toothaches are often caused by dental decay. As your tooth’s enamel is worn through by bacteria and acids, the softer dentin is exposed. If the decay is not repaired, it may move through the dentin and into the pulp. At this point, you may have a severe toothache that requires pain relievers. This is a sign that your tooth is dying, and prompt treatment is needed.

Abscessed Teeth

A tooth abscess is an active infection at the center of the tooth. The tooth’s pulp becomes inflamed, which irritates the nerve. You may have a severe toothache, swelling, and difficulty swallowing or eating. Your gums and jaws might also swell. These are signs of a serious infection. A same-day dentist can treat the infection with antibiotics. Root canal treatment may be needed. If the infection is severe, the tooth might need to be removed.

Chipped or Cracked Teeth

Biting into a hard food or experiencing trauma to your face may cause a tooth to chip or crack. A same-day dentist can repair small chips by placing a filling or bonding material over the chipped area. In some cases, a dental veneer may be needed to correct the tooth’s shape. A badly chipped or cracked tooth might need root canal therapy followed by the placement of a crown.

Contact the office of Faye Nazari, DDS today to learn more or make an appointment for same-day dentistry services.

Periodontal Care

Periodontal Care

Gum disease, which is also referred to as periodontitis, is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue that surrounds your teeth. If gum disease is left untreated, it may cause your teeth to loosen, shift or even fall out. Early periodontal care can help prevent these complications so that you can keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.

Signs That You Need Periodontal Care
If your teeth hurt or bleed when you floss, this indicates a need for periodontal care. You may also need periodontal care for gums that are red or swollen, gums that have lifted away from your teeth or persistent bad breath. If you have teeth that are loose or your dentures no longer fit, these are also signs of a need for prompt periodontal care.

Types of Periodontal Care
If your periodontal disease is diagnosed in its early stages, your treatment may involve non-invasive care such as root planing, scaling and cleaning of the pockets of gum tissue around your teeth. If you have an infection, you may be given a course of antibiotics to eliminate the bacteria. If your gum disease persists after these treatments, you might need more intensive periodontal care in order to prevent tooth loss.

Some advanced periodontal care techniques include pocket reduction surgery to lift the gum tissue back over the exposed tooth root. The dentist might suggest other surgical procedures such as soft tissue grafts using tissue from the roof of your mouth or bone grafts from donor tissue. Enamel matrix derivative applications may help stimulate new gum tissue to grow around the base of a tooth.

At Highland Family Dental Care, Faye Nazari, DDS, strives to be your best periodontal care option. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

Many people consider cosmetic dentistry as a set of dental procedures that help improve the appearance of their teeth or smile. However, a little work may be needed to establish the right foundation before cosmetic procedures can be done, and this is where restorative dentistry comes in.

What Is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry refers to the dental procedures provided by dentists to help make your teeth more functional and healthier. Restorative dentistry procedures include fillings, dental implants, crowns and dentures. Restorative dentistry helps to keep your teeth healthy and functional, which is the key distinguishing feature between restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

What Kind of Issues Can Restorative Dentistry Procedures Fix?
Restorative dentistry can replace missing teeth with bridges, implants or dentures. It can also get rid of cavities with fillings to avoid more damage and make your broken teeth stronger with caps or crowns.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Unlike restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the look of your smile. These procedures help to enhance the look of your smile, but they do not necessarily improve the overall functionality of your teeth.

What Are the Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?
There are various reasons why people choose to enhance the look of their smiles. Many visit their dentists with problems such as chipped, yellow or uneven teeth problems. Bleaching, porcelain crowns and filling cavities with tooth-colored materials fall under cosmetic dentistry.

Can Restorative Dentistry and Cosmetic Dentistry Be Used Together?
Both cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures can be combined. Restorative dentistry will correct your broken or missing teeth. Cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as reshaping, can put the final touches on your new smile.

Highland Family Dental Care specializes in providing premier restorative dentistry services, including root canal therapy, veneers, inlays and overlays among others. Stop by our clinic today to find out how we can help you.

Why Regular Dental Care Now Can Save You Big Later

Proper at-home dental care and regular preventive dental visits can help you save money! See below for interesting information comparing the costs of dental care and see how the average person’s at-home care differs from the American Dental Association recommendations.  Please contact us to schedule your next dental visit.

Why Regular Dental Care Now Can Save You Big Later

We’re Digital!

We’re Digital!

At Highland Family Dental Care, we emphasize the importance of visiting our dental office at least twice per year to maintain and achieve optimal oral health. One of the main reasons we encourage you to see us is so that we can detect dental problems before they turn into serious concerns. Preventive dentistry is key to long-term oral health. However, while a physical exam can find noticeable signs of issues, some oral diseases are not visible to the naked eye. This is why we utilize dental x-rays.

Modern technology has reduced radiation levels to miniscule amounts. We utilize advanced, digital x-rays that use 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays. Digital x-rays help to magnify and enhance your teeth for better diagnosis of dental diseases or problems.

We are able to use a number of tools that will allow us to take a closer look at your teeth and surrounding structures with remarkable accuracy.

Once the x-ray is taken, an image of your teeth is placed into an imaging program and projected on a screen instantly for us to view. This helps to assist us in diagnosing issues that would otherwise be undetectable. Dr. Nazari can examine small areas of decay between teeth and under existing fillings. Also, digital x-rays can help detect bone loss due to periodontal disease, dental infections and abscesses. Your results are also easily stored for future use or can be sent over to a specialist immediately if needed.

We are proud to bring this modern technology to you. If you have put off dental x-rays because of the risk of radiation or you just didn’t have time for them, we encourage you to come in for an appointment and have digital x-rays taken. We can help you get your oral health back on track!