Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sedation Dentistry for All Your Dental Needs

                                     Sedation Dentistry for All Your Dental Needs

Going to your oral surgeon can make many of us nervous. In fact, some people have had traumatic experiences in dental offices. If this describes you, sedation dentistry may be the solution you need. Solace Oral Surgery provides some of the best sedation dentistry in the country, meeting all your dental needs without pain or emotional stress.

Sedation Dentistry Myths and Facts

Sedation dentistry is often thought of as putting the patient to sleep. Thus, some patients fear they will lose control of their bodies or that the dentist will perform procedures without their consent. In reality, sedation dentistry does not mean you are asleep. Solace Oral Surgery uses several forms of conscious sedation, which allow you to stay awake during procedures but still remain relaxed.

Some of our patients have heard sedation dentistry carries negative side effects. At Solace, we make sure our sedation methods have as few side effects as possible. Our methods are safe; we will protect you from experiencing any allergic reactions, seizures, or other medical problems. Simply alert us before treatment if you are allergic to our equipment, are epileptic, or have any disease or disability that causes muscle spasms or tremors.

Available Sedation

Different patients prefer different kinds of sedation, so Solace Oral Surgery obliges with multiple options. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as well as IV sedation. Nitrous oxide is one of the oldest sedation methods available. It may be best for you if you have mild dental anxiety or are experiencing a routine procedure. Some patients report numbness and tingling afterward, but this side effect is generally mild.

IV sedation may be best if you have severe anxiety. We recommend it for short treatments because although IV sedation is moderate, it is injected directly into the bloodstream. Thus, it takes effect quickly and may last longer than nitrous oxide. If you choose IV sedation, have someone drive you to and from the office. You might feel fatigued for several days afterward, so get as much rest as possible.

Benefits of Sedation

Our patients report several sedation dentistry benefits. The first is the absence of pain, which is vital if you have experienced many painful or traumatic procedures. Additionally, sedation eliminates the need for needles and drugs like Novocain, which can leave you feeling numb and uncomfortable. Many patients report that procedures done under sedation seem to take less time, which reduces the anxiety they feel while waiting for the procedure to begin. Contact us today if you would like a consultation.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jaw Problems? Everything You Need to Know about TMJ

                                  Jaw Problems? Everything You Need to Know about TMJ

The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull around the front of the ear. This joint allows you to move your jaw in order to chew, talk, and yawn. Problems with the muscles in your face, especially the jaw, are called temporomandibular disorders (TMD), but they are most commonly known as TMJ.

TMJ has various causes such as:

  • A hard blow to the face or whiplash
  • Pressure on the jaw from clenching or grinding teeth
  • Stress that causes facial tightening
  • Arthritis in the jaw
  • Sinus infections
  • Tooth decay
  • Periodontal disease
TMJ is often painful and may be on one side of your face or both. The pain can be temporary or last for years. TMJ affects more women than men and often develops in people between 20 and 40 years old.

Symptoms include:

  • Discomfort in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders, or ears (when speaking, chewing, or opening mouth)
  • Difficulty opening your mouth wide
  • Jaw becoming locked in the open or closed position
  • Jaw making a popping, clicking, or grating sound when opening or closing mouth (May or may not be associated with pain)
  • Face feeling tired or achy
  • Feeling that teeth don’t fit together properly
  • Facial swelling
  • Toothache
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches
  • Ringing in the ears

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist. Symptoms can be caused by other conditions, so it is important to be diagnosed correctly.

Your oral surgeon will ask questions, look for tenderness, and listen for popping sounds. He or she will check your bite and facial muscles and take X-rays to look for other problems.

Other tests, like a computer tomography (CT), may be needed to see the bone or joint. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test may be scheduled to see if the disc in your jaw is in the proper position.

If your TMJ is not severe, your doctor may suggest:

  • Over the counter medications, like ibuprofen or naproxen, to relieve swelling and pain.
  • Eating soft foods like soup, eggs, fish, yogurt, and cooked vegetables. Avoid hard or chewy foods.
  • Cold packs or warm, moist compresses
  • Limiting excessive jaw movement – yawning, yelling, singing, gum chewing
  • Keeping teeth slightly apart to relieve pressure and avoid clenching

If your case is severe, your doctor may suggest the following treatments:

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) – relaxation therapy of the facial muscles with low-level electrical currents.
  • Ultrasound – heat therapy to improve mobility and reduce soreness.
  • Surgery – as a last option (Seek a second or third dentist’s opinion before going this route)

For more help with TMJ or jaw pain, schedule a consultation with Solace Oral Surgery.