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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
July 12, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Making sure children are comfortable when visiting the dentist is an essential part of creating a lifetime habit of dental care. We recommend children start dental visits around their first birthday.

But for some children this may not be enough — despite parents’ and dentists’ best efforts they may still develop an inordinate fear of dental visits and even routine procedures. This kind of anxiety could inhibit them now and later in life from receiving needed dental care.

To relieve this anxiety, dentists have developed sedation therapy for children. Not to be confused with anesthesia, which numbs pain, sedation uses drugs to place a patient in a relaxed state. Depending on the drugs and dosage used, we’re able to achieve anywhere from a light state of relaxation to a deep suppression of consciousness. The approach is similar to one used with adults, although drug dosages and applications will differ with children.

 If we’re planning to use sedation with your child we recommend you feed them a low-fat dinner the night before and then refrain from any other foods or liquids until after treatment the next day. Just before the procedure (and after we’ve evaluated them physically to be sure they’re healthy enough for the sedation medication), we’ll administer the sedative, usually Midazolam and Hydroxyzine. Taken by mouth in a syrup form, this places them in a mildly relaxed state.

During the procedure a designated staff member will continually monitor their pulse, breathing, blood pressure and other vital signs. We may also take other protective measures like special chair positioning or immobilization to keep movement to a minimum.

After the procedure, your child will remain in the office until their vital signs return to pre-sedation levels. Once at home, you should keep an eye on them for the rest of the day. They should not return to school or regular activities until the next day.

As sedation medication and techniques continue to advance, they’re becoming a routine part of dental care. If your child experiences anxiety, this can help make dental visits more pleasant and more likely to become part of their life from now on.

If you would like more information on taking the anxiety out of children’s dental care, 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 “Sedation Dentistry for Kids.”

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

According to The Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology Journal as many as 20 percent of Americans have some form of sedation dentistrydental phobia. It prevents people from going in for yearly checkups and even causes them to delay treatment until tooth extraction is inevitable. Sedation dentistry can help ease your fears so that you can feel more comfortable getting the treatments you need, when you need them. Explore your sedation options with a cosmetic dentist in Garden Grove or Newport Beach, CA.

Where Do Dental Fears Come From?

As it is with most fears, dental anxieties usually start in childhood. A traumatic experience that happened in the dentist’s chair can stay with a patient for many years. In some cases, people are afraid of going in for dental treatments because society and popular culture promotes negative images and beliefs about going to the dentist.

Why You Should Conquer Dental Anxiety

Your teeth are an important part of your digestive system and the overall health of your body. Without healthy teeth, you can’t mash your food into smaller particles so that it is easier to digest. Untreated tooth and gum-related infections can spread to other parts of the body and contribute to other illnesses. So avoiding dental treatments due to fear can effect more than just the stability of your teeth. Your Garden Grove and Newport Beach cosmetic dentist understands these issues and can help make your next appointment comfortable and relaxed.

Help Easing Your Fear of the Dentist

The main fear that people have of the dentist is experiencing pain. Some people are so nervous that they don’t even want to sit in the waiting area. Sedation dentistry will numb the nerves so that you won’t feel anything while your dentist is working on your teeth. Oral medication can be prescribed before the appointment that will keep your mind off of your dental visit.

Set Aside Your Fears and See Your Dentist

Make the decision this year to go in for a checkup, or for a consultation about how to improve your smile. Your Garden Grove and Newport Beach, CA, cosmetic dentist will help ease your fears with sedation dentistry. Call (949) 675-7750 for the Newport Beach office or (714) 537-0550 for the Garden Grove office today to schedule a visit with Dr. Timothy Bui.

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
April 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Find out how this safe form of sedation could effectively make your next dental visit a breeze.

Do visits to Dr. Timothy Bui have you biting your nails in anticipation? Do you find yourself cancelling appointment after appointment Sedation Dentistry due to anxiety? There are countless people in Newport Beach and elsewhere that deal with dental anxiety so severe that they haven’t stepped foot inside a dentist’s office for years. But your smile still needs to be properly cleaned, examined and maintained every six months by your dentist. Luckily, we offer sedation dentistry to help ease you into your next visit. Find out more about laughing gas and how it could make your next appointment an easy one.

What is laughing gas?

While laughing gas is the common term used for this type of sedation, we also refer to it as nitrous oxide. This form of inhalation sedation has no smell, color or irritants and can help relax a patient before a dental procedure.

How does laughing gas work?

For nitrous oxide to be safely administered it is mixed with oxygen to help induce a euphoric and relaxed state. Most dentists will use a mixture of 70 percent oxygen and 30 percent nitrous oxide. Different levels of sedation can be achieved depending on how strong and how long the laughing gas is administered.

What will I feel like under laughing gas?

Once the mask is placed over your face we will ask you to breathe through your nose. After a couple of minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel a little light-headed. Some patients report feeling tingling or heaviness in the extremities. However, the main effect you will experience is a sense of calm.

Is laughing gas dangerous?

Laughing gas is extremely safe when administered properly. This is because your Newport Beach, CA dentist is able to control how much nitrous oxide is administered to you through your mask to make sure you feel relaxed and calm during your procedure without overdoing it. Furthermore, nitrous oxide has very little side effects and will not harm the hearts, liver, kidneys or brain.

How long will I experience the effects of laughing gas?

You will only notice the effect of the laughing gas for as long as you have the mask on. Once the mask is removed, the effects wear off almost immediately (with three to five minutes). This is a great option for someone who needs to drive themselves home after an appointment and can’t wait hours for the effects to wear off.

If you want to find out more about how sedation dentistry could improve your next dental visit, then let your Newport Beach dentist, Dr. Timothy Bui, DDS, know. Our goal is to make your visit as painless and relaxing as possible.