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Dental Services Q&A

Question:  What are the signs of gum disease?

Dr. Steven Todd's Answer:  Gums that bleed when you brush and floss your teeth,  calculus or tartar build up on your teeth,  gums that have receded or shrunk away from your teeth,  bad breath or chronic bad taste in your mouth.

Question:  Is it safe to have your teeth cleaned when you are pregnant?

Dr. Steven Todd's Answer:  Yes. It is important to have a thorough cleaning and examination. Pregnancy Gingivitis is a condition brought on by the fluctuation of hormone levels during pregnancy. It can be painful and destroy gum tissue if left untreated.

Question:  How much sugar is in some of the common soft drinks?

Dr. Steven Todd's Answer:  Coca-Cola has 12 teaspoons of sugar in one can, while Mountain Dew has 19 teaspoons of sugar in one can.

Question:  What causes dental decay?

Dr. Steven Todd's Answer:  Plaque that has remained on teeth over a period of time that hardens much like cement. It holds bacteria and causes gum infections if not removed.

Question:  How often should I replace my toothbrush?

Dr. Steven Todd's Answer:  You need to replace your toothbrush every three to six months, or if you have been sick.

Question:  What is conscious sedation?

Dr. Steven Todd's Answer:  Conscious sedation is a minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains the patient's ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond appropriately to physical stimulation and verbal commands. It is produced by a pharmacological or non-pharmacological method or a combination thereof. This is the overall therapeutic definition of conscious sedation.

Question:  Is IV sedation of dental treatment safe?

Dr. Steven Todd's Answer:  Yes. thousand of outpatient procedures are performed yearly using IV sedation in medical and dental settings.

Question:  What types of patients are candidates of IV conscious sedation dentistry?

Dr. Steven Todd's Answer:  If you have a fear of dentistry, have had bad past dental experiences, have problems getting numb, have sensitive teeth and gums, have a fear of dentists or shots, or have advanced dental problems, bad gag reflexes or swallowing problems. These are all candidates of IV sedation dentistry.

Question:  What are the types of techniques used for the fearful patient to overcome fear and anxiety of dental treatment?

Dr. Steven Todd's Answer:  There are three different types of ideas or concepts used for the fearful patient. The first is by using local anesthetic. Local anesthetic is the routine way by which dentists numb the area for general treatment. The second treatment is by using nitrous oxide or laughing gas. Nitrous Oxide is a gas that when inhaled properly relaxes the patient, and reduces the fear and anxiety associated with dental treatment. The third option is IV conscious sedation. This is a very controlled, safe and profound way to overcome anxiety in the dental office. If you have any questions pertaining to these procedures, you can call your dentist and discuss them. Don't let the fear of dentistry or the anxiety associated with dental care keep you from seeking the quality dental treatment that you need.

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