Posts for: June, 2016
How sedation dentistry can help you overcome your dental fears
Does the thought of visiting the dentist make your heart beat faster? Do you have dental needs that aren’t taken care of because you are afraid of going to the dentist? If this sounds like you, chances are you suffer from dental anxiety, a very real fear that is also very common. Now, there is help to calm your fears and help you get your treatment completed. Sedation dentistry is the answer you are looking for, and your dentists at Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA are here to help.
There are many reasons why people are afraid of visiting the dentist. Some people are sensitive to sounds, smells and the touch of other people. Your dentists at Sikka Dental want you to know that if you are afraid of needles, sounds of the handpiece or the hustle and bustle of the office they can make your appointment calm and comfortable, changing your dental experience for the better!
You can choose how relaxed you want to be. Whether you want just mild relaxation, or you want to be completely asleep, the choice is yours. Your San Jose dentists at Sikka Dental offer a wide range of sedation procedures custom-made for you. You can choose from:
- Oral sedation--taken in the form of a pill; this method allows you to be mildly relaxed but still conscious and able to respond to questions. Common sedatives include Valium and Halcion.
- Inhaled conscious sedation--in the form of a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture inhaled through a nosepiece; this method allows you to be relaxed and conscious, but the effects leave your system quickly. Inhaled sedation can be combined with oral sedation for a more profound level of relaxation.
- Intravenous conscious sedation--taken in the form of liquid medication injected directly into your bloodstream through a vein; the effects are immediate and profound, allowing you to be asleep and not remember your appointment.
Whichever sedation method you choose, your dentists at Sikka Dental are committed to providing you with a positive, comfortable dental experience before, during and after your treatment. It’s time for you to stop suffering from dental fear. Call your dentists at Sikka Dental in San Jose, CA today and change the way you feel about dental treatment. Call today and get rid of your dental fear!
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”
Some things in life look worse than they really are. A condition known as “geographic tongue” is a good example: while it may look serious, it’s not a cause for real concern.
If you’ve never heard of geographic tongue it’s because it’s not a common ailment: it only affects one to three percent of the population. The name comes from patches of redness on the top surface of the tongue surrounded by grayish white borders, which gives the red patches a look similar to land masses on a map.
It’s known formally as “benign migratory glossitis,” which tells us more about the condition: “benign” means the patches aren’t cancerous; “migratory” indicates the patches tend to move and take different shapes along the surface of the tongue. In fact, it’s possible for them to appear, disappear, and then reappear over the course of a few days.
The exact causes of geographic tongue haven’t been fully substantiated. Researchers believe emotional stress, psychological problems or hormonal disturbances (especially women during pregnancy or ovulation) could be triggers for its occurrence. Certain dietary deficiencies like zinc or vitamin B, or acidic foods are also believed to be factors.
While geographic tongue isn’t painful, it can leave your tongue feeling more sensitive with a mild burning or stinging sensation. If you’re prone to having geographic tongue, there are some things you can do to reduce the irritation. Try to avoid eating acidic or spicy foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits or mint, as well as astringent substances like alcohol or certain mouthwashes. We may also prescribe anesthetic mouthrinses, antihistamines or steroid ointments to help ease any discomfort.
The good news, though, is that this harmless condition is more irritating than anything else. With a little care and forethought you won’t even know you have it.
If you would like more information on geographic tongue, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Geographic Tongue.”