What Should I Expect at a Dental Cleaning?

Anxiety can keep you from seeing your dentist on a regular basis, but that can have unintended consequences. If you have a dental issue like a cavity, having it treated now can prevent further treatments or procedures that may end up being more invasive than you would like. We are gentle and will give you the best care imaginable (and we offer sedation dentistry). Keep reading to learn all about what happens at a dental cleaning, and why it’s nothing to fret about.

Before the Cleaning

Before the cleaning begins, the hygienist will ask you about any issues or sensitivity you may be currently experiencing. This ensures that we deliver the best, most comfortable experience possible for you and your teeth. If we know about issues beforehand, we can make sure to avoid causing pain that can come with a cavity, for example.

You may also be asked to have X-rays taken of your teeth. Seeing inside the teeth allows your dentist to determine the overall health of your mouth, and allows us to see changes  of your health as time goes on. Taking x-rays is a painless, easy procedure.

The Cleaning

Depending on how your dentist office works, your hygienist may use handheld tools or electronic tools to gently remove tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. Though it may sound louder in your head, our hygienists are very gentle to avoid causing any harm or discomfort.

Examination

Your dentist will come in to examine your teeth. This is usually fairly quick, but if you have an issue they will discuss options to treat it with you. Cavities can be filled with minimal discomfort (if any) if they are caught early enough. If you need a root canal or other work, then we will discuss your next steps at that point.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning (or you don’t remember when you had one last), then call us today to schedule a consultation at 863-682-1500. We can help you assess the health of your teeth and encourage the best dental health possible.

Sedation Dentistry for Anxiety

There’s so much we can do to help keep your smile healthy and more beautiful, but some people let fear get in the way. Some people don’t take advantage of all we can offer, because they’re nervous about going to the dentist. But, did you know that we can offer an experience that’s free of anxiety and pain?
We offer local anesthetics to block your pain-receptors or medication that can help you relax while you’re seeing us. If you’re still not sure, understand that we may offer some people both, to help them relax and better enjoy their experience, especially if injections can cause anxiety.
Strangely, fear heightens your awareness, leading you to experience every little movement more strongly than if you were relaxed. Your pain threshold goes down when you’re nervous. If you find yourself so nervous that you avoid seeing the dentist, sedatives can help bring much-needed comfort.
Understand that we will need to ask some questions before we can recommend any particular sedative. You will be asked to provide your complete health history, including all the medications you are taking. We will also ask if you smoke or drink.
How can we help?
 Oral sedation (given by mouth) is a popular option for many people precisely because it does not require the use of needles. Oral sedatives are either swallowed whole in pill form or can be dissolved under the tongue. Both methods work in a matter of minutes. A variety of oral sedative medications have been developed through extensive research and testing to make your experience of dental treatment as comfortable and relaxing as possible. All have long safety records after decades of use, and several even have “amnesia” properties, meaning you will remember little to nothing, even though you are conscious throughout the treatment.
● Inhalation Conscious Sedation
Nitrous oxide has been used in dental offices for almost 100 years, and it is great for helping calm anxiety. This is a very safe option to help calm your nerves.
● IV Conscious Sedation
Sedatives delivered directly into the bloodstream intravenously (into the vein) are more potent than when taken orally. You must be monitored throughout your IV sedation treatment to maintain your safety.
If you want to learn more, give us a call at (863) 682-1500 today.

How Dental Sedation Can Help You

Sedation Dentistry Lakeland, FLAre you avoiding the dentist because getting your teeth cleaned gives you anxiety? Do you find it difficult to calm down when visiting the dentist? Do you want to get some dental work done but can’t do it because you’re afraid? Dental sedation can help you calm your nerves so you can get the dental treatments you need to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Your dental experience can be free of anxiety and pain. Let’s discuss how.

Before the dentist recommends a particular sedative, he will discus your health and dental history with you. Be prepared to share any medications you are taking at present. It is also imperative to let your dentist know if you drink or smoke. Before your dental appointment, during which you will be given a sedative, make sure to line up a driver to take you home.

Types of Dental Sedation

Inhalation Conscious Sedation has been a common fixture in dental offices for over a century. Nitrous oxide is given through the use of a nasal hood that is comfortably placed over your nose. This oxygen and nitrous oxide combination creates a dazed and even euphoric feeling. Once the nose hood is removed after your dental treatment, the effects of nitrous oxide will quickly dissipate.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation does not require an injection. It is given in the form of a pill or can be dissolved under the tongue. Decades of studies have occurred to help procure the most effective and safe oral sedatives to help make your dental experience comfortable and relaxing.

IV Conscious Sedation

When a sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream, the effects are immediate and potent. This form of sedation can also create a nice amnesic effect, making your actual dental treatment difficult to remember. Because IV sedation can have an impact on heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing, you will be monitored using special medical equipment.

Arrange an appointment

If anxiety has kept you away from the dentist, consider what sedation can do for you. Call us today to discuss your options for achieving your best and brightest smile. You can reach Agnini Dental located in Lakeland, Florida, at (863) 682-1500.

Do you have Dental Anxiety? Sedation Dentistry is here to Help.

Sedation Dentistry Lakeland, FLDoes the idea of sitting in a dentist chair make your stomach churn, or tempt you to simply avoid dental exams altogether? If so, sedation dentistry might be the way to go. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients feel calm and relaxed during anything from a simple dental cleaning to dental surgery. It is occasionally referred to as sleep dentistry. But your ability to sleep will depend on the level of sedation you choose.

There are four levels of sedation

  • Inhaled minimal sedation: This type of sedation uses nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) combined with oxygen to help you feel relaxed.  A mask that releases the gas is placed over your nose during your dental procedure. Your dentist will monitor the amount of gas you inhale throughout the treatment. This basic type of sedation will easily wear off, and in some cases, you’ll be able to drive yourself home when your procedure is complete.
  • Oral sedation: This is the more common form of dental sedation because it is quite simple to do. One hour before your dental treatment your dentist will have you take a pill, like Halcion (similar to Valium), to induce drowsiness. Some patients become groggy enough to fall asleep while others remain slightly aware throughout the procedure. Regardless, any sedation is always accompanied by a local anesthetic so you will not feel any pain.
  • IV moderate sedation: This form of sedation works very quickly since it is administered through a vein. This form allows your dentist to continually adjust how sedated the patient is.
  • Deep sedation and general anesthesia: This type of sedation involves giving you certain medications that will make you either almost or completely unconscious. This form of sedation is difficult to be awakened from until the anesthesia begins to wear off.

Schedule your next dental exam

The best form of dental care is prevention. Be sure you have regular appointments to see your dentist to ensure your teeth are properly cleaned and cared for. Schedule your next visit today by calling 863-682-1500. At Agnini Family Dental, we look forward to answering your questions and addressing your concerns.

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