Sedation dentistry — you know it can help you receive the dental care you need comfortably, but beyond that you may have some questions. The sleep dentists have put together an FAQ to help. Keep reading to learn more from your sedation dentist in Plantation, and then ask your own question in the comments below!
April 1, 2016
January 27, 2016
As your sedation dentist in Plantation, we know that far too many adults avoid visiting the dentist regularly — or at all. They’re nervous they’ll feel uncomfortable, anxious at the sound of the drill… or afraid they’ll be unable to endure even a fast dental treatment. That’s why we, the team at Sleep Dentists, are so passionate about our work. We know sedation dentistry helps all Plantation residents receive the dental care they need, and that couldn’t be more important for our community’s overall health. Keep reading to learn how you can benefit from the practice in 2016 — especially if it’s been awhile since your last appointment.
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.
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.
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.
March 16, 2015
Did you know between 9% and 20% of Americans have a legitimate fear of going to the dentist? It’s very true, as many avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety or fear. This dental phobia leaves people panic-stricken, terrified, and filled with dread. As with any phobia, most know that it’s irrational, but are unable to overcome it. A phobia causes the individual to avoid the situation in any way possible, which is the worst case when it comes to the health and well-being of your mouth, teeth, and gums. So, how does a dental phobia start and are there ways to overcome this obstacle?
Signs and Symptoms:
The symptoms and signs of phobias usually correlate, but no two are every truly related. If you have trouble sleeping before your dental exam, feel a spike in nervousness when arriving for your appointment, feel physically ill when thinking about your appointment, or have an incredible sensation of uneasiness when the procedure is underway, you most likely have dental phobia.
The causes of this phobia can stem from many sources, including:
- Fear of pain: No one likes to get hurt, and a painful sensation can stop people from doing a lot of activities. This fear could be attached to a previous dental experience that felt unpleasant for somewhat painful.
- Fear of injections: This one ties into the first a bit (needles hurt), but another aspect comes from the medicine injected. Many fear it may not work or the effect will not kick in before the procedure.
- Fear of helplessness: Sitting in a chair, mouth open, and having someone prod around with strange utensils can make someone feel helpless or without control.
- Embarrassment: This one is very simple, but it does take hold of many patients. They feel as if the dentists are judging them, which makes them feel self-conscious.
How to Cope:
The best way to overcome the anxiety and phobia is quite simple. Talk to the dentist and discuss your fears and problems. Ask if sedation dentistry is possible for your appointment. This type of dentistry takes the edge off, usually puts patients to sleep, and makes the entire experience very relaxing. Those within the Plantation or Fort Lauderdale, FL area should contact Sleep Dentists. Schedule a consultation, talk with the experts, understand your problem, find a solution, and get back on track with your oral hygiene.