Most everyone knows by now that your mouth is the beginning of your digestive track. It’s where your food starts to break down, and where your body starts taking in the nutrients that it needs in order to survive. If you treat your mouth with respect and take proper care of it, then it’s going to treat you well, but if you don’t that’s going to lead to many problems.
Toxins such as alcohol, cigarettes and excessive amounts of sugar all have the ability to lead to the decay of ones mouth. Decay can be anything from oral cancer to tooth decay. What this means to you is simple; you not only need to take care of your mouth, but also what goes into it. Be it food or other substances your mouth and digestive system will be impacted, especially your teeth.
Your mouth is the first line of defense that your system has, and consequently so are your teeth. If you haven’t been to the dentist in more than a year, then you’re more than overdue. I’m not going to enter into the debates about the types of materials that are used, that’s for another place and time. But rather the methods that a dentist may use for taking care of your teeth.
Your dentist is a personal selection and shouldn’t be one that you take lightly. It’s not something that you just have to settle for. Look around, ask your friends and even have an office appoint to talk with your perspective dentists. Make sure that they have experience. Yes in dental school they get hands on experiences, but that’s not the same things as on-the-job. Time in the field can’t be made up for, it’s something that’s invaluable. I can’t remember the last time I saw a dentist that didn’t have a minimum of 10 years in the field.
Why? Again, there’s no substitute for experience. Part of what comes with that experience can be a soft and gentle touch. I know there’s dentists out there that never learn this, but that’s where the next step of this conversation goes: Types of sedation.
Dentistry sedation comes in 3 basic types: Oral, intravenous and sleep. Each of these techniques can be of benefit to different people, for different reasons. While method maybe better for you than another, I’m going to save that discussion for a later time. Right now, I’m just going to discuss the basics of the three methods previously mentioned.
Sleep dentistry, is the first method sedation to be discussed. As it implies, sleep dentistry is a method of doing dental work while the patient is asleep. With this method you won’t feel part of the procedure and little if anything afterwords. This of course will depend on what’s done and how extensive.
Second and third methods are similar: IV therapy and oral sedation. These methods of sedation are implied by their names. Oral is literally an oral pill that people take that helps them to relax and not be completely asleep during the procedure. IV sedation does basically the same thing, however it is done with an IV in the arm.
Which ones right for you may be as simple as do you prefer a needle or a pill. These three methods are not a case of one size fitting all. But rather what will make you most comfortable for your dental procedure, without being to much. For example, if you need a tooth filled, putting you to sleep would be way too much for something so ‘simple’. IF you’re going to have one of these more advanced methods, make sure your dentist has experience in the field and make sure that they take a complete health inventory.
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