Dental anxiety can be rough. It paralyzes patients from seeing the dentist, taking care of dental problems or prevent them from doing esthetic dentistry to improve their smiles. At the Drs. Boyd in midtown Manhattan, we work with patients to help manage their anxiety but many times patients need something extra for relaxation. This is why we offer our patients the benefit of sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves taking a medication to help patients
relax during dental treatment. Not all
forms of sedation are the same. There
are a varying degrees of sedation including mild, moderate, deep and general
anesthesia. Depending on the level of
treatment and the needs of the patient, we tailor the level of sedation.
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Many patients require some form of sedation for dental
procedures. Some reasons for dental sedation
include fear of the dentist that does not allow any treatment, severe gag
reflex, a very low pain threshold, extremely sensitive teeth or an extensive
amount of dental work needed. We need to
complete a thorough review of your medical history and current medications to
determine what form of dental sedation is possible and safe.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
One of the most common dental sedatives is nitrous oxide
also known as laughing gas. A patient
wears a nasal mask and breaths in a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide to
achieve a mild relaxion. One of the best
aspects of laughing gas is that it works really fast and wears off really
fast. This means that you will not have
a recovery after the procedure and you will be able to leave on your own. Many patients use nitrous oxide with
cleanings and other minor and major dental procedures.
This type of sedation can vary from mild to moderate
depending on the dosage of the drug used.
The drugs most commonly used for this type of sedation are Valium,
Ativan or Xanax. Taking one of these
pills will make you relaxed and a little drowsy. We generally have patients take one pill the
night before to ensure a good sleep and one the next day an hour before their
scheduled appointment. These drugs are
the most commonly recognized methods of sedation dentistry. We recommend that someone is available to
escort you home after your appointment.
When a patient requires a deeper and more profound form of
sedation, we opt for IV sedation. We
work with a dental anesthesiologist that administers IV drugs to achieve deep
relaxation in a safe environment for our patients. We can administer drugs that will range from
moderate to deep sedation. Patients will
need a period of recovery after the drugs wear off or are reversed. For IV sedation, we require an escort home
from your appointment.
Regardless of the severity of your dental phobias, the Drs.
Boyd have a solution for you. We can
discuss the best form of treatment for your needs so that you have a great
dental experience. Contact us at (212)
755-9055 to find out more information on sedation dentistry.
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Let’s face it, the dentist office is not the first place people tend to want to go. Most dental procedures are not painful but even just examining someone’s teeth can cause a level of anxiety. Dental fear and dental anxiety is a problem that faces as many as 20% of Americans. Unfortunately the problem often snowballs, the less people go (or never at all) the worse and more serious any potential problems will tend to be. This is why at Drs. Boyd we take every step to ensure that patients feel comfortable and we take away their anxiety. Here we will discuss what brings about dental phobia and how we can deal with it!
What Causes Fear of the Dentist?
There are many different reasons that people feel stressed
at the dental office. Some of the
reasons are fear of pain, fear of injection or the injection won’t anesthetize
the area. Many people also have a
feeling of being helpless and a loss of personal space. Some people feel embarrassed if they have
problems because of the social stigma behind unhealthy teeth. Regardless of the reason the Drs. Boyd have
many ways to manage dental phobias and make for a comfortable, pleasant
Pain is Not Relative
Pain is a huge factor in dental anxiety and not everyone
experiences pain the same way. Some things
that seem like nothing to one person can be severe for another. There are a number of different factors that
impact how someone perceives pain. For example, people with red hair have a
greater pain experience than people without red hair. What matters?
If you feel pain, we believe you and we will do what we have to so that
you don’t! The days of the dentist
making you suffer through a procedure or saying its not so bad are GONE.
Talk About It!
Bringing dental anxiety out into the open is a great way to alleviate
most of your stress. Even on your first
call to our office, bring it up to our team. It is important to discuss with Dr. Boyd what about
dentistry makes you nervous. This brings
the fear out into the open and we can begin to discuss how we will manage it! Having an open dialog with your dentist will
also establish trust. Something we hold
in high regard.
Breathing and relaxation techniques can be an excellent way
to relieve stress and anxiety. Inhale
slowly and deep through your nose. While
doing this make sure to keep your muscles relaxed. Exhale through your mouth slowly while again
keeping everything relaxed. Another
trick is to focus breathing through your belly.
Breath in and expand your abdomen while keeping your chest relatively
still. Also having an equal time
inhaling and exhaling, helps focus your breathing and increase oxygen.
When we need a little more, the Drs. Boyd have other methods such as nitrous oxide, oral sedation and IV sedation with an anesthesiologist. Dental anxiety is a very real problem for many people but the Drs. Boyd can manage it and make your experience a comfortable and relaxing one!
Call us at (212)755-9055 to schedule your visit with us.
There are SO many “tips and tricks” for teeth whitening. I am here to remove some of the myths about bleaching your teeth.
Whitening Toothpaste Whitens Teeth
The reason why there is no clear recommended whitening
toothpaste from dentists is that none of them really work. At least for what patients are looking
for. Toothpaste in general contains an
abrasive that serves to help microscopically scrape away plaque and
tartar. Whitening toothpastes have
additives that can remove some minor surface staining but to get at the yellow
core of the tooth you need something that will absorb deeply into the tooth.
Bleaching Your Teeth is Bad for Them
This is a common misconception. Whitening your teeth is not dangerous for your teeth when done in a controlled way with your doctor at Drs. Boyd. Unfortunately, there are some side effects which include tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Tooth sensitivity is difficult to predict from patient to patient. Generally it can be minimized with careful protection of the sensitive root areas and exposed dentin. Gum irritation can occur with poorly fitting whitening trays or over the counter whitening strips. When the whitening gel sits on the gum tissue for a prolonged period it burns the tissue and is painful.
Rinsing with Hydrogen Peroxide Whitens and Cleans Teeth
This is simply false.
Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide is not beneficial and is actually
damaging to your gum tissue. Hydrogen
peroxide is good at initially cleaning our cuts that we get outside of our
mouth. We should not be rinsing with it.
Charcoal Toothpaste Whitens and is Good for Your Teeth
Activated charcoal has many health benefits! Unfortunately,
they aren’t found by putting them in a toothpaste. According to a study in the British Dental
Journal, the charcoal added in the toothpaste is nothing more than a marketing
gimmick. None of the products are
actually shown to be of any benefit for what they say they can do. It doesn’t whiten teeth. It may remove surface stain but so does
regular toothpaste and at a fraction of the cost.
In Office Whitening is Better than Professional At-Home Whitening
This is actually false.
Single visit in office whitening is just as effective as at home
whitening. The main difference is the
concentration of the whitening gel that is used. The benefit is that you can have whiter teeth
in one quick visit in about an hour and a half.
We use Philips Zoom whitening because we have had a the best whitening
results with that system. For patients
that have had sensitivity with the higher concentration gel, we can use a very
comfortable low concentration gel for a longer duration.
You Can Whiten Your Existing Crowns and Veneers
Unfortunately this is not true. Whitening gel cannot whiten existing
restorations of any kind. If you have
existing crowns and want a whiter smile we can replace them using state of the
art ceramic veneers and crowns that look like white natural teeth.
You Can’t Whiten Your Teeth in a Day
You can professionally whiten your teeth in as little as an
hour and a half. Using Philips Zoom
whitening, we can lighten teeth up to 8 shades.
So if you have a big social event and want a fast bright smile, this is
the way to go.
There is no bad time to get a whiter smile. If you have additional questions or would
like to schedule a consultation for your whitening procedure, please call our
office at 212-755-9055. You may also
reach us by email at email@example.com.
People want whiter and brighter smiles these days. We are all being bombarded with every facet
of teeth whitening product from over the counter whitening strips to activated
charcoal. Drs. Boyd wants to clear up
the confusion on bleaching teeth and answer our most common questions from
Why are my teeth yellow?
Nobody likes yellow looking teeth. Also, the more coffee, tea, red wine and other highly pigmented foods we consume, the more yellow and dark they get. So, what is in our teeth that makes them dark? Teeth have color producing molecules called “chromophores”. These molecules give the dark stains to our teeth. The more dark foods and beverages we consume the darker these chromophores become.
How do teeth get whiter?
Whitening occurs when the chromophores in our teeth are
broken down by diffusion of a whitening gel into the tooth. The gel oxidizes the chromophores and removes
their color. The oxidation of the
chromophores leave us with a white and bright tooth.
So how can I actually get my teeth whiter?
The best way to bleach our teeth is with professional teeth whitening at Drs. Boyd. We use a combination of in-office Zoom whitening and at-home whitening to establish a long lasting white smile. At your whitening appointment we use a high strength, light activate peroxide gel on your teeth. The whole process takes about an hour and a half. After your visit, you will follow special protocol at home using your custom made trays. This combination of procedures leads to a long lasting whiter smile.
Am I a candidate for whitening?
Most people with otherwise healthy teeth are candidates for whitening their teeth as long as they are over the age of 15. Whitening becomes difficult when patients have many tooth colored fillings on the front teeth or crowns and bridges as these types of restorations do not change color.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effect is temporary tooth
sensitivity. The sensitivity usually
subsides after 24-48 hours of whitening and is not a permanent issue. Although it can be annoying, it is not an
indication that something is wrong. We help
prevent this sensitivity by having our patients use Sensodyne toothpaste 1 week
prior and apply a sensitivity preventing gel in your custom trays after your
in-office whitening procedure.
There is no bad time to get a whiter smile. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation for your whitening procedure, please call our office at (212) 755-9055. You may also reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you are guilty of any of the following habits, you’re not alone. Many people place their smiles in harm’s way on a daily basis — and they often don’t even realize they’re endangering their dental health. Protect your smile by learning about these six habits that damage teeth, and how you can break them!
We know them as the “wisdom” teeth — but these third molars often cause painful issues when
they erupt. It can be difficult to identify problems with your wisdom teeth, but recognizing an issue is important when extraction is necessary. Is your pain related to your wisdom teeth? And why is wisdom tooth removal needed, anyway? Let’s take a closer look at these and other questions related to the third molars — the Drs. Boyd are your wisdom teeth experts.
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