Good oral health care habits are the same for everyone: brushing for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily and visiting the dentist every six months. But for someone who’s dealing with autism or has other special needs, managing this routine can be anywhere from mildly difficult to extremely challenging. Visiting the dentist can be especially taxing, as a number of factors, from dental anxiety to uncontrollable, erratic movements make even sitting in the dental chair difficult. If this sounds familiar, you should know that sedation dentistry can help — and we’re your special needs dentist in Plantation, FL. Keep reading to learn more.
Sleep Dentists Blog
November 12, 2015
October 5, 2015
A lot of practices use the term “sleep dentist,” but very few offer sedatives strong enough to actually induce sleep. At Sleep Dentists, the Plantation dental team offers a full range of dental sedation from mild nitrous oxide, to moderate oral conscious or IV sedation, and full general anesthesia. Whether patients suffer from mild to moderate anxiety, or need extensive oral and maxillofacial surgery necessitating unconscious sedation, we have an anesthetic that will meet your needs. To find our more contact Drs. Weiss, Waldee, & Hohimer, the sleep dentists Plantation residents prefer.
September 8, 2015
We’ve been talking a lot about sedation dentistry in Plantation, and now you know you have options for your dental phobia. Many adults have found that they can finally visit the dentist — after years of being unable to even bear the thought — since knowing about sedation dentistry. We’re so excited about that, because it confirms what we already know: that sleep dentistry makes good dental health more accessible to everyone, and that’s what we care about most.
You know that sleep dentistry is an excellent solution to dental anxiety, but what are your options? Read on to learn more and decide what might be right for you during your next procedure.
August 19, 2015
A dental emergency doesn’t care where you are or what you’re doing – it’s going to happen whether you like it or not. Whenever one does occur, most often patients are too frightened to look in the mirror. It could be nothing or it could be something else entirely. The only way to know for sure is by getting it checked out by our team of dental experts. You see, there are ways of dealing with this type of trauma, and we have just the thing with our sleep dentistry solutions.
Our sleep solutions help keep our patients calm and collected. The worst thing you could do when you suffer from a dental emergency is by overreacting and not taking the necessary steps in trying to keep the tooth alive and in place. There are plenty of people who are too afraid to come see us when a dental emergency occurs, and they should do the exact opposite. Taking care of a dental emergency in a timely fashion is very important. It can often be the difference between saving and losing a tooth. When a dental emergency strikes, we want you to be prepared. By visiting our office in , you’ll be assured that our sleep dentistry solutions can bring peace to a complicated situation. You’ll soon discover that Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee and DR. Hohimer are the emergency dentists Plantation residents can turn to when things take a turn for the worse.
July 21, 2015
The numbers may be hard to believe, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one out of every two American adults age 30 and older have gum disease, also called periodontal disease. In real numbers that means 64.7 million adults have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis, which is the advanced stage of gum disease. (The initial stage is gingivitis.) And in adults age 65 and older, the percentage increases to slightly more than 70 percent. Although there is no cure for gum disease, there is treatment. The dentists and their staff of hygienists and assistants at Sleep Dentists offer gum disease treatment Plantation, FL, and surrounding communities can count on to arrest the disease’s progression.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissue that surround and support your teeth. Caused by bacteria, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, because the toxins that these bacteria produce damage the connective tissue and bone.
Of course, you can’t see bone damage. What you can see, however, are the outward signs of gum disease, including:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
- Red, swollen and sensitive gums
- Unpleasant breath
- Teeth that have shifted or a change in your bite
- Loose teeth
- Dentures that don’t fit
More often than not, poor oral hygiene causes gum disease to start. That’s why the dentists at Sleep Dentists—Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, Dr. Hohimer, Dr. Landa, Dr. Norkin, and Dr. Modarres—strongly encourage you and each member of your family from the youngest to the eldest to brush and floss at least twice each day and schedule dental checkups twice each year.
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
If we see signs of gum disease, then a course of treatment will be recommended. The type of treatment required will depend on how far your gum disease has advanced. In the case of gingivitis, a thorough cleaning that includes planing and root scaling may be what’s needed. With planing and scaling, we remove plaque and tartar, and then smooth the roots below the gum line, so plaque can’t buildup. When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed. Our periodontist can recommend appropriate treatment.
Call Our Office Today
If you are noticing any of the signs of gum disease listed above, then call Sleep Dentists to schedule an appointment. Our practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout Plantation, FL, and the surrounding areas, including Lauderhill, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, and beyond.
July 15, 2015
There are a lot of patients out there that are simply too afraid to go to the dentist’s office for any kind of procedure. It’s a lot more common than you may realize. It’s commonly known as dental phobia or anxiety. It causes a person to opt out of any dental treatment because they are too fearful about what has happened in the past or just can’t stand the thought of going through another procedure. Whether it’s the sights, sounds or smells that is keeping you from receiving the treatment you need, we can help with sedation dentistry services. They’re designed to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout a dental procedure.
Choosing not to receive any treatment for a dental issue can leave your overall health hanging in the balance — something you don’t want to experience. If you religiously practice great oral hygiene, you’re already setting yourself up for success down the road. But, if you don’t like coming to the office or simply don’t want to out of fear, know that we can help with sedation dentistry. Getting the help you need is essential in maintaining excellent oral health. Our Plantation, FL office is ready to help you get through a procedure and start enjoying going to the dentist again.
June 25, 2015
Abscess teeth can leave your oral health in shambles. It’s painful and uncomfortable. So painful, in fact, that it’s one of the most excruciating experiences for dental patients across the country. It can do a lot more than just cause pain – it can pose serious health concerns. For patients that have chosen not to receive treatment, the most extreme cases have resulted in death. An abscess tooth is no laughing matter and should be treated immediately. When you visit our office in Plantation, FL, you’ll discover that our emergency dentists are ready to help in any way they can. We have a healthy collection of dentists at our office whom are ready to bring serenity to your oral health. You can put your trust in Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, Dr. Hohimer and Dr. Modarres. They are the emergency dentists that can properly treat an abscess tooth. For the best dental care around, we think you should visit us.
May 25, 2015
Psst. Are you scared of the dentist? Does the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair send chills down your spine? Would you rather endure the pain of a toothache rather than the sound of the drill? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you’re not alone. Actually, you’re in good company. Lots of good company. A survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists found that 80 percent of adult Americans fear dentists. More than half of those admit that this fear prevents them from seeing a dentist. And approximately five to 10 percent of adult Americans have dental phobia, a condition that stops them from having any dental treatment regardless of the consequences. At Sleep Dentists in Plantation, FL, Drs. Weiss, Waldee, and Hohimer understand your dental phobia or dental anxiety, and they and their staff can help you relax or even sleep through much needed dental care.
Dental Phobia and You
Dental phobia and dental anxiety are commonly used interchangeably. They are, however, two different conditions. People with dental anxiety may have unreasonable worries about seeing the dentist, but they’ll manage to get themselves to appointments. On the other hand, dental phobia is a mental disorder that can cause people to be genuinely terrified of the dentist. For some, the fear is so great they may never see the dentist. The consequences, unfortunately, can be damaging to a person’s oral health as well as general health. People with dental phobia are more likely to develop gum disease and suffer from early tooth loss. Damaged and discolored teeth may keep people from smiling, and they may even be reluctant to fully open their mouths when they speak. Consequently, their personal and professional lives may be compromised.
Dental phobia may also indirectly lead to poorer general health, too. Research shows that the condition of your oral health may be related to bodily ailments. In specific, the bacteria that cause gum disease can migrate through the bloodstream and may lead to stroke, hypertension, heart disease and lung infections.
Overcome Dental Phobia
At Sleep Dentists, our team will help you overcome dental phobia, so you can have the dental treatment you need. We’ll assess your fears and help you choose the kind of relaxation or sleep treatment that is best for you.
Schedule an Appointment today
To learn more about how Sleep Dentist can help you conquer dental phobia, call our office for an appointment. Our practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout Plantation, FL, and the surrounding areas, including Lauderhill, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, and beyond.
April 23, 2015
Approximately 40 million men and women in America experience some level of fear or anxiety when faced with the prospect of receiving dental care. If you are one of these individuals, you understand how difficult it can be to pursue the vital oral healthcare services you need to achieve and maintain a strong, healthy smile. At Sleep Dentists in Plantation, FL, Drs. Weiss, Waldee, and Hohimer welcome you to explore a new kind of dental experience – one in which you get to sleep peacefully the entire time you’re receiving your dental treatment.
Why Choose Sleep Dentistry?
Unlike other forms of sedation, sleep dentistry actually puts you completely to sleep in the dental chair. You are completely unconscious, entirely unaware of the sights and sounds of the dental office. You won’t feel anything throughout the duration of your procedure, and you won’t remember any of the details surrounding your treatment.
Who wouldn’t want a completely pain-free dental experience? With sleep dentistry, our team can provide you with exactly that. You’ll enjoy complete amnesia of your treatment time, so there are no memories associated with your procedure.
Sleep dentistry is especially useful for patients who experience mental or physical difficulty lying still for extended periods of time. If you’d like to learn more about sleep dentistry and its advantages, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of our friendly, knowledgeable team for more information.
Schedule Your Sleep Dentistry Consultation
If you have been putting off getting the important dental care you need due to feelings of apprehension, phobia, or anxiety, you certainly aren’t alone. Fortunately, there is a way to overcome these negative associations with the dentist’s office and receive the treatment you need: sleep dentistry. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with a member of our caring, compassionate staff. We make it our business to provide you with comprehensive dental care in an environment that is relaxing and serene. Our practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout Plantation, FL and the surrounding areas, including Lauderhill, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, and beyond.
March 23, 2015
Many Americans absolutely dread visiting the dentist. The utensils, tools, and gadgets all look very scary, and the idea that these items will go into your mouth can send the toughest individual into a massive panic. We understand why the dentist can make people feel anxious and fill them with fear. At Sleep Dentists, we have a solution to this problem: sedation dentistry.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Dental phobia is a real fear, and understandably, some people just freak out at the thought of going to the dentist. To help ease the process and make the experience as straightforward as possible, we utilize this practice. Sedation dentistry is designed to take the edge off the proceedings, leaving negative feelings at the door and putting patients at ease. Essentially, we give our patients the option to be put to sleep as we conduct our work. We offer the following forms of sedation:
- Nitrous Oxide: This is the ideal sedation for those who experience mild anxiety or discomfort. Also called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is administered through a mask that fits over the nose. It induces feelings of comfort and warmth, allowing patients to enter a relaxed, calm state. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off within minutes after the mask is removed.
- Oral Sedation: For patients with moderate or severe anxiety, nitrous oxide might not do the trick. Oral sedation can provide a stronger effect and it lasts much longer. Before you show up for your appointment, we will give you a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication with instructions on how and when to take it. You will need to have a friend or family member take you to our office, since the effects are long lasting. After the procedure, your companion will take you home. The medication should wear off within a day.
- IV Sedation: This is recommended for patients who struggle with severe dental phobia. This method delivers anti-anxiety medicine intravenously. The medication will place you in a very detached state, so you should have a friend or family member drive you to and from the appointment.
This Sounds Like a Better Choice For Me.
Struggling with dental phobia is not embarrassing, and for those who are afraid of the dentist, we have our sedation offerings to make the experience smooth and effortless. Are you prepared for an easy, simple procedure? Schedule an appointment or call us today. Our doors are always open to Plantation, FL, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Davie, and beyond.