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Sedation Dentistry
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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 Devin Lindstrom DMD has extensive training in Sedation Dentistry. He is also the only dentist in Enumclaw that performs 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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Canker Sores - Ouch!
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Canker sores, those irritating and painful lesions that occur in the mouth, are typically found under your tongue, on the internal cheek walls, and inner lips of your mouth. They are not very big, can be white and sometimes yellow, and are round shaped; and they hurt!

Canker sores are fairly common, with one in five suffering from canker sores at some time in the life. They are usually harmless and heal within two weeks of developing. Canker sores often accompany allergies, hormonal changes or stress and fatigue. Many sufferers report an outbreak of these irritating mouth sores following a stressful life event.

You should know that canker sores aren't contagious and are not even harmful to your overall health. Preventing them can be as easy as reducing your stress levels, managing anxiety and getting the rest your body needs.

How Should You Treat A Canker Sore?
If you find yourself in the midst of a canker sore outbreak, you can manage the discomfort with over the counter products like Orajel and Anbesol, which numb the area. Avoiding spicy foods and applying ice chips can also help with the discomfort.

If your canker sores persist for more than two weeks, you should contact our office for advice. No one should be forced to live with pain, especially when a solution is easily at hand! If you are concerned about a canker sore you have, give our office a call for the answers you need.

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