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Sedation Dentistry
Does the idea of having your teeth cleaned cause your heart to pound and your body to tense? Would you rather endure a toothache than make an appointment to have it fixed? If yes, you are not alone. Nine to fifteen percent of Americans experience dental phobia (anxiety or fear) that prevents them from going to the dentist and seeking treatment. If you experience fear or anxiety, have sensitive teeth, a low pain tolerance can't sit still in the chair, have a bad gag reflex, or need a lot of dental works done, then sedation dentistry might be the solution.

You will should be confident in knowing Dr. Neil Bergstrom has extensive training in Sedation Dentistry. He is also the only dentist in Enumclaw that performs IV sedation, which allows for continual adjustment of sedation level as needed for the patient and procedure.

What is sedation dentistry? Sedation dentistry is the use of medications to help patients relax during dental procedures. It is sometimes also referred to as "sleep dentistry", although patients are usually awake.

There are three levels of sedation at Enumclaw Dental Center:
•  Minimal sedation where you are awake but relaxed
•  Moderate sedation where you won't remember much of the procedure and may slur your words (formerly referred to as conscious sedation)
•  Deep sedation where you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened

Dentist offices may use three different sedation methods for people who experience dental phobias.
1.  Inhaled Minimum Sedation: The patient breaths nitrous oxide, "laughing gas" combined with oxygen through a mask placed over the nose. This combination of gases relaxes you. Your dentist controls the amount received and the effects wear off quickly when the procedure is complete. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself safely home.
2.  Oral Sedation: For minimal oral sedation, you are given a pill (usually halcion which is from the same family as valium), an hour before the procedure. You will need someone to drive you to and from the appointment. This is the most common form of anesthesia associated with sedation dentistry. Depending on the dose, it can range from minimal sedation or moderate sedation for a longer procedure. Some people become groggy enough to fall asleep but can easily awakened with a gentle touch.
3.  IV Sedation: This type of sedation is administered through a vein which causes it to go to work quickly. The IV allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation as the procedure progresses.

Deep Sedation: This level of sedation dentistry is the receiving of medication through an IV that make you almost unconscious during the procedure. You cannot easily be awakened until the effects wear off. You will still need a local anesthetic (numbing medication) at the site to relieve pain if the procedure produces discomfort. This type of sedation can only be administered by a dentist with a CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) program completion in deep sedation. Typically this is done by oral surgeons and maxillofacial surgeons and dental anesthesiologists.

Sedation Dentistry is proven to be safe and effective. It allows you to consolidate several appointments into one if you are in need of extensive work, or it allows you to relax during standard procedures.

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10 Ways You Can Wreck your Teeth - Part 1
We all want to have healthy teeth, but many of us may not be aware that we are sabotaging our tooth health with little daily mistakes. Brushing and flossing are good, but read on if you want to learn about the first five ways that you might be wrecking your teeth.

1.  Baby Bottles at Bedtime: Chances are, if you are a mother you have let your baby fall asleep with a bottle in her mouth. But beware! The longer bacteria are allowed to sit still on baby teeth, the more likely tooth decay will start in your little one. So take the bottle away when she is ready to go to sleep.
2.  Chomping on Ice: Before you stick a piece of ice in your mouth, remember that each time you chomp down you risk cracking your teeth and damaging the surrounding gums.
3.  Teeth Grinding: One of the worst things you can do to your teeth is, ironically, out of your control. Teeth grinding happens at night, usually when we are deep in sleep. Wearing a mouth guard every night can help eliminate this problem.
4.  Gummies: Did you ever notice how gummy candy seems to stick to your teeth all day? Eating gummies poses a dual threat: Sugar + Stickiness. So try to stay away from gummies unless you plan to brush your teeth right after eating.
5.  Starchy Snacks: We bet you didn't think that eating potato chips was bad for teeth, but it is. Starchy snacks get caught between teeth and continue doing damage hours after you have eaten the last chip.

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