Why Dental Sedation Will Put You Right at Ease

Why Dental Sedation Will Put You Right at Ease

There’s no need to fear the dentist when there’s dental sedation at hand. Here’s what it is.

Dentistry has come a long way in the last few decades. Modern procedures and techniques mean that practically everything you have done is relatively quick and painless, so you’re out of the dentist’s chair in no time and without having felt a thing. The goal of most dentists today, and certainly ours here at The James Clinic, is to put the patient and their comfort first, thereby ensuring a positive experience all round.

Not every dental patient is the same, though, and we know that many people who come to us to have fillings, extractions, their teeth cleaned or anything else done can have a great deal of anxiety before they even step foot in the clinic. There’s even a condition called dentophobia, or fear of the dentist, (iatrophobia is a fear of doctors) and it’s so pervasive that up to 60% of people can suffer from it — literally breaking out in a cold sweat even at the thought of making an appointment with their dentist. 

Like many such fears, they’re almost entirely irrational, and there’s no reason to have them in the first place. They may have arisen due to tales from older folk who went to the dentist and had a bit of a brutal time — painful injections, excruciating extractions and more. But the reality is that none of that happens now. Still, fears persist, and no one wants an extremely nervous patient in the dentist’s chair — it’s not good for the patient, and it can make it difficult for the dentist to do their work. That’s why we have dental sedation. 

What Is Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, but that doesn’t really reflect what it is, as the patient is normally awake during the procedure, unless, in certain circumstances, they’ve been given general anaesthesia, in which case they will be out like a light and won’t remember a thing. Usually, however, such deep sedation is not required.

Dental sedation uses medication to make you feel relaxed, and it’s often given via a gas that’s inhaled (the infamous “laughing gas“, which is nitrous oxide). The benefit is that it wears off quickly, so you’ll have no difficulties when your procedure is over and might even be able to drive yourself home or back to work — it’s the only such form of dental sedation where this is possible. 

Dental sedation may also be given orally — usually as a pill that’s taken around an hour before the procedure is scheduled to begin. The amount of oral sedation you take will depend on your dentist’s appraisal of your level of anxiety, and generally, you can expect to feel a bit sleepy or groggy, but you’ll remain awake while you’re in the dentist’s chair — if you do happen to nod off, you might be given a gentle shake to wake up. Your dentist might also give you dental sedation through an IV, as it’s effective straight away and they can control the amount you’re getting. 

What Else to Expect with Dental Sedation?

Just because you’re relaxed and possibly sleepy because you’ve been given dental sedation doesn’t mean you won’t feel anything during your procedure. So, depending on what you’re having done, it’s likely you will also need local anaesthesia at the site where the work is being carried out to ensure you don’t feel any pain. 

If you’re wondering if there are any risks with dental sedation, the answer is that there are risks involved with any type of anaesthesia — but when properly administered, and with the patient monitored throughout, it’s generally safe to have it. As with anything concerning your wellbeing, you should discuss your medical history in detail with your dentist before having dental sedation or anything else. 

Then you can lie back and dream of a sunny day at the beach and let all your fears fade away as the dentist gets to work. 

If you experience anxiety ahead of a dental appointment and would like to have a more comfortable time during an upcoming procedure, contact The James Clinic today and we will be happy to discuss dental sedation options with you. 

Nobel Biocare Implants and How They Could Benefit You

Nobel Biocare Implants and How They Could Benefit You

Restoring your teeth with Nobel Biocare is a superior solution — fortunately, you can get these top-level dental implants in Ireland.

If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, like many people are, a permanent solution to your gap woes is dental implants, which fit into your jaw bone and last. They not only enhance the appearance of your teeth, and restore them to the way they used to be, but they also improve the functionality of your mouth, resulting in improved chewing and later digesting of your food — ensuring you get all the essential nutrition you need to live a healthy life. 

Nobel Biocare is one of the world’s leaders in dental implant technology, and if you’re looking for dental implants in Ireland, you can avail of the Swiss-based company’s innovations and never have to worry about your tooth loss again. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you have some of the best dental implants available anywhere; a premium solution to extractions and other dental dilemmas that leave you with holes in your jaw. 

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are usually comprised of three elements — a metal screw, which goes into the jaw bone; an abutment, or connector; and a crown resembling the existing tooth, which is placed on top. Nobel Biocare has developed dental implants that are not made of metal but ceramic, and are formed of just two parts. This has the benefit of making them easier to place and also helps ensure they don’t fail, as there are fewer parts that might break or get chipped.

That doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything wrong or potentially problematic with metal dental implants. They’re typically made from titanium or a mix of titanium and other metals, and in almost all cases, there are no difficulties with the bone they’re implanted into. The most important aspect of getting dental implants in Ireland — whether it’s Nobel Biocare or other products — is that the foundation element is strong and capable of supporting the entire implant for years to come. 

Can Everyone Have Dental Implants?

While you might think it’s relatively straightforward to get dental implants in Ireland and everyone can have them, the reality is slightly different because not every patient is a good candidate for dental implants. If there’s insufficient jaw bone in the area where the implant is intended to go, for example, it might not be possible. And some medical conditions might mean a patient can’t have dental implants — these include diabetes and gum disease.

If you have poor oral hygiene or if you’re a heavy smoker and unless you improve your oral hygiene and stop smoking, you may be at risk of dental implant failure. Smoking cigarettes, for instance, results in poor circulation, including to the gums, and this means the healing process after having dental implants can be much longer, and, ultimately, they might not take. 

What Really Sets Nobel Biocare Implants Apart?

The Swiss dental implants company — whose parent company is the American firm Danaher Corporation, specialising in science and technology solutions — with its global operations and offices, has invested heavily in research and development over the years. This means that when you’re getting Nobel Biocare dental implants, you are benefiting from superior implants that are designed and built to stay in place for the rest of your life as long as you keep high standards of oral hygiene.

Plus, in situations where it might not otherwise be possible — especially where there’s compromised bone — Nobel has created dental implants that can be used. Millions of people around the world have benefited from Nobel innovations since the company came up with its first dental implants way back in 1952 — and over the years, it says it has never wavered in its goal “to empower dental professionals to give quality of life back to their patients”.

If you have had teeth removed or that fell out and you’d like to discuss restoration options, including having Nobel Biocare dental implants in Ireland, contact The James Clinic today and we will be pleased to advise. 

How Dental Veneers Can Give You a Celebrity Smile

How Dental Veneers Can Give You a Celebrity Smile

Having amazing teeth can make you look fantastic, and now you can have a smile makeover in Ireland. 

Here’s a secret we’ll let you in on: almost no one is born with perfect teeth. They may be perfectly healthy and in great shape, but they’re usually not all aesthetically aligned and the same length and brilliantly white. So you might wonder how all those people in the movies and on TV manage to have extremely brilliant teeth — picture-perfect and bright, dazzling smiles. Did they win the oral jackpot? It’s more likely they had a great dentist. 

So it’s certainly true to say that most of us naturally have teeth that are not the same as those of many celebrities. Ours can be crooked, mismatched, off-white and even yellowing — and despite our parents’ best efforts to straighten them up and have our teeth looking better, with braces and everything else, often, the results don’t exactly deliver a winning smile. You can use all the teeth-whitening and other products you like to try to attain dental perfection, but you may end up disappointed when they don’t give you the transformative look you’re after.

What you might need are dental veneers. And now, you can get a smile makeover in Ireland, which uses the latest technology to scan and create these gems of cosmetic dentistry that will radically alter your teeth so that they look amazing and you have an incredible smile that brightens up your face and makes you look like a star. 

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are usually made from porcelain, a hard-wearing and lasting material that doesn’t stain. Essentially, they’re thin strips of porcelain — quite like a shell — that are fitted over the front of a tooth. You may also have heard of crowns, another popular cosmetic dental solution for great smiles, and they differ in that they encase the entire tooth. Veneers are less invasive, and that means there’s less of the tooth to file down in preparation for bonding them to the teeth. 

After numbing the area with a local anaesthetic, the dentist will shave down the front part of the tooth so that there’s space to apply the veneer. Depending on the size and shape of your teeth, veneers may vary in width and length, so when applied, the result is perfectly matched and aligned teeth that are the same length. All this can be done in as little as a day with such leading technology as CEREC, which we use in our clinics. It means no more lengthy and repeated trips to the dentist to have veneers and no more uncomfortable procedures to endure. It’s all over and done in a flash.

Your Smile Makeover in Ireland

If you’re wondering what kind of problems might be fixed by dental veneers, the answer is many. These include broken and chipped teeth and teeth that have been worn down over time, perhaps especially by the damaging habit of grinding. They’re also suitable for addressing gaps between teeth, covering them up entirely and eliminating the gaps for good. Veneers will also remedy all kinds of misaligned teeth, as well as those that are angled in different ways and teeth that have become badly discoloured.  

So how do you take care of veneers? Just like you would your teeth before you had them: by brushing regularly and maintaining good oral health. Although the material they’re made from is strong, it can chip and break, so it’s important to avoid chewing on hard things like ice or nuts, trying to open things with your teeth or biting your nails. 

Then you’ll have the celebrity smile you’ve always dreamed of, and one that lasts. 

Get your very own Hollywood look with an incredible smile makeover in Ireland that will dramatically boost your image. Contact The James Clinic now and avail of our one-day smile makeover technology.