How Dental Sedation Can Help Patients

We know some of our patients have an intense fear of dentists, some have near phobic reactions and try to avoid the dentist entirely. Unfortunately, skipping regular dental visits puts oral health at risk.

Our Huntington Beach dentist wants all of our patients to have good dental experiences. Several positive encounters can ease your fears; this is why we offer optional dental sedation. This is a safe way to help make our patients’ visit as pleasant as possible. Our staff will gladly help you to understand dental sedation and answer any questions.

We use two types of sedation in our office; these are inhaled sedation and conscious sedation.

INHALED SEDATION-
Typically called nitrous oxide or laughing gas, this is the gentlest and least disruptive kind of dental sedation available. Our dentist dispenses the colorless and odorless gas via a small mask that covers your nose. Your dentist will regulate how much gas you get as well and your level of sedation.
Benefits of an inhaled sedation treatment include:
• Quick results
• Easy to adjust
• No unpleasant effects

CONSCIOUS SEDATION-
Another kind of sedation we offer is called conscious sedation. You are very relaxed and may doze during your dental visit. It is common for patients to have no recollection of your procedure. Oral anti-anxiety medications help you to become calm and relaxed before your treatment.

These medications will take an hour or so before you feel their effects. Often, we will give you a prescription for the drug, and instruct you to take one tablet before coming to our office. Please remember that driving after taking any sedative is dangerous and you should have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

Some benefits of conscious sedation are:
• No side effects
• Physically and psychologically relaxing
• Relieves pain

If you are someone who has an overwhelming sense of anxiety or fear when thinking about dental appointments, please contact our office so that our staff can help you plan your dental sedation and help ease your concerns.

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How Dental Sedation Can Help Patients

Recovering After Root Canal

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In some cases, our patients dislike particular treatments much more than others. While this is normal, as we all have likes and dislikes, the one remedy which is nearly universally feared and disliked is the root canal. We even have patients who have never experienced a root canal tell us that they do not like the therapy.

Unfortunately, modern root canals still carry the stigma and fearsome reputation of root canals of years past. While some aspects are still the same; we have advances which vastly improve the procedure as well as your recovery. The primary cause of excessive pain often associated with a root canal is the inability to adequately numb the area of a patient’s mouth which needed treatment. The numbing was difficult because in most cases the nerves and blood vessels surrounding the tooth were decaying or dead. By improving the precision with anesthetics, our root canal dentist in Huntington Beach can deliver proper pain relief where it is needed. This makes the entire process much more comfortable for our patients.

After your root canal is over, there are some things you can do to make your recovery better such as:

• Plan to rest after your root canal. If it is at all possible, schedule your root canal for a time when you are able to clear your schedule for at least a day, although a few days is even better.

• Stock your pantry with soft, easy to eat foods that require little preparation. Yogurt, eggs, mashed potatoes, pudding, and macaroni and cheese are a few examples of these. You can make your own list of favorites, but be sure to avoid hard, chewy, or sticky foods after a root canal.

• Use an ice pack to help relieve pain and swelling from the area near your root canal.

• Take your pain medication as directed. Many dentists hear that their patient had terrible pain, but then later find out that the patient did not take their medication as prescribed.

As you can see, it is possible to recover from a root canal. If you would like to hear more tips about root canal recovery, please contact our office, and we would happily get information for you.

Recovering After Root Canal

Is TMJ Treatable?

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Our office sees numerous patients who struggle with temporomandibular joint pain. Many have suffered for years and hold little hope that our dentists can help treat this disorder. We would like to offer encouragement to those who endure that pain; temporomandibular joint pain is treatable.

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on either side of your head, just below each ear, and connects your jawbone to your skull. To work, the TMJ merges a hinge motion with gliding movements. This action allows you to open and close your jaws. There are many reasons patients experience temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) some are genetically predisposed to problems, others suffer because of arthritis in the joint, and some people develop problems after an accident involving the face. Occasionally, our TMJ dentist sees patients with no apparent cause for their pain.

There is hope for patients who have TMJ disorder. Our dental office in Huntington Beach offers helpful treatments to relieve pain and swelling. There are three treatment categories: medications, non-drug therapies, and surgical (or other) procedures.

MEDICATIONS:
Often, our TMJ patients get little or no relief from over the counter pain relievers. This is when our dentist prescribes stronger medications such as prescription strength non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Occasionally, our dentist prescribes muscle relaxing medications. These are generally for short-term use.

NON-DRUG THERAPIES:
These treatments often include a regimen which alternates moist heat and ice as well as jaw exercises to strengthen the muscles. Sometimes, patients benefit from mouth guards which they wear at night. The belief is that these prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching during sleep.

SURGICAL OR OTHER PROCEDURES:
Surgical intervention is the last course of action for our TMJ patients. Prior to open-joint surgery, our dentist will use other options such as corticosteroid injections. Additionally, our dentist may use arthrocentesis, a treatment where a small needle injects fluid into the joint clearing away debris. Arthroscopic surgery and open-joint surgery are used to correct structural problems with the temporomandibular joint.

If you struggle with TMJ disorder, do not despair, contact our office to learn specific ways we can help you.

Is TMJ Treatable?

Best Candidates for Dentures

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If you are missing teeth, you may have several options for replacing them. These can include removable or fixed appliances. Dentures are designed to replace multiple teeth. They are held in place by the bone and gum tissue, and any teeth that may remain. Our dentist in Huntington Beach can help you decide if dentures are right for you.

Candidates for dentures include those who have lost several or all of their teeth. For the best results, they should have sufficient healthy gum and bone tissue to support the dentures. Partial dentures can be a good option for those who are missing some but not all of their teeth. Partial dentures are typically supported by clasps that attach to the remaining teeth. Full dentures are used when an entire arch or both arches are missing.

Both partial and full dentures can also be used with dental implants. Implants are inserted into the jawbone, and therefore add additional stability. The dentures can be snapped into place and used just like your natural teeth.

A consultation with our dentures dentist in Huntington Beach can help you learn more about your options and determine your candidacy for dentures. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with our team.

Best Candidates for Dentures

Teenagers and Invisalign Treatments

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Invisalign uses plastic trays that are made to fit your teeth exactly. The trays are worn in a specific sequence to move your teeth into straighter positions over a period of time. Based on your progress, you will change your aligners about every two weeks. Aligners must be worn consistently and at all times unless you are eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing.

Adults and teens alike often ask about Invisalign due to its many benefits, the most popular of which are its clear aligners. This results in a more aesthetic, private treatment experience. Because Invisalign is so popular with teens, Invisalign has created a treatment just for them. Invisalign Teen works just like conventional Invisalign but has some important differences, including:

  • The Blue Dot compliance indicator that ensures your teen is wearing his or her trays consistently and as prescribed
  • Optional built-in eruption tabs to maintain spaces for newly growing teeth and to accommodate a variety of treatment needs
  • Up to six free replacement aligners in case of damage or loss

Because Invisalign is so versatile, teens are able to maintain their normal routines and diets. Call our office today to learn more about your teen’s orthodontic options or to schedule an appointment with our Huntington Beach dentist.

Teenagers and Invisalign Treatments

Invisalign and Its Best Candidates

Candidates for orthodontics today have more options than in the past. One of those choices is Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear braces system that treats orthodontic problems without the discomfort and bulky metal of traditional braces. For the right candidates, Invisalign can be an excellent option. Our dentist in Huntington Beach can tell you if you are a candidate after evaluating your smile and determining your orthodontic needs.

Although Invisalign is an extremely popular system, it is not the best choice for every orthodontic candidate. Some patients will get the best results from conventional braces or other treatments. How can you tell if you are a candidate for Invisalign?

For the best results, an Invisalign candidate should have healthy teeth and gums as a strong, supportive base. This also ensures that the candidate is committed to maintaining good dental health now, during treatment, and after treatment. Candidacy also depends on the type of orthodontic problems being addressed. Crooked teeth, gapped teeth, and crowded teeth respond well to treatment with clear aligners. Mild to moderate bite abnormalities do, as well, but if you have serious or complex malocclusions, you might be better served by a more conventional orthodontic treatment.

Finally, the best Invisalign candidates are committed to treatment. Invisalign aligners ar removable so that you can eat and brush easily. However, for them to work the way they should, you have to wear them a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours a day. If you keep them out too long or remove them too frequently, it will affect your results. Call our office today to schedule your consultation with our Invisalign dentist.

Invisalign and Its Best Candidates

How Crowns Protect the Teeth

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Dental crowns are special restorations that cover the part of the tooth that extends above the gum line. Crowns have both cosmetic and restorative benefits. They are often placed when a tooth is badly decayed or severely damaged. They can also be placed to cover teeth that are misshapen or discolored. Our Huntington Beach dentist can help you decide if a crown is right for you.

A crown protects your tooth by covering it and preventing additional damage. A tooth that is badly damaged is weakened and cannot function properly. While a filling may help restore the tooth, it cannot strengthen it or replace enough of the lost structure. A crown can be placed over the tooth to better protect it. A crown can also be used to hold together the parts of a cracked or fractured tooth. If a tooth has had a root canal, it can become fragile or brittle, and a crown will be used to cover and strengthen it.

The porcelain that is used to make dental crowns is thin, but it is extremely strong when bonded to the tooth’s structure. With good care, a crown can last many years. Brushing and flossing properly around the crown can reduce the risk of tooth decay in the tooth beneath and maximize the lifespan of your restoration. Call our expert in dental crowns in Huntington Beach today to find out more or to schedule your appointment.

How Crowns Protect the Teeth