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Oral Health: Don't Ignore Your Gums

When you go to your dentist, you are likely concerned about cavities and the stains on your teeth. If you are like me, then you probably never thought much about your gums. Unfortunately, this caused me to form a serious gum recession condition. My dentist said that hard brushing practices, poor flossing techniques, and even the consumption of sugary foods led to the recession. After some deep scaling treatments, I was informed that I needed a gum graft procedure. The gums are extremely important to your health. They provide your teeth with the nutrients they need and they protect the sensitive dental roots. The gums even keep bacteria away from your jaw bone. Don't ignore your gums like I did. Read my blog and learn about proper oral care techniques. Prevention practices can easily save your gums from necessary restoration.

What Anesthesia Options Do You Have During Wisdom Teeth Removal?

With today's technology, there are several options for the removal of wisdom teeth. It is even less stressful than ever before since many of the surgical procedures can be performed in the dentist's office. No matter what method you and your dentist choose, you should not have to feel the pain involved when the wisdom teeth are removed. Medications may be used including novocaine, oral medication, intravenous sedation, or nitrous oxide. It is normal to want to know more about the options available when having your wisdom teeth removed.

Local Anesthesia

Novocaine is usually administered as a local anesthesia to the surgical area before any other medications are provided to numb and remove pain. It can be used in combination with other products used to make you feel less anxiety with the removal of wisdom teeth.

Oral Medications

Many dentists will provide anti-anxiety medication such as Valium, Halcion, and Xanax. The use of conscious sedation is effective and might make you sleepy during the process if given in large doses. You should plan on having a ride after the procedure.

Intravenous (IV)

Delivery of medication through your veins will work quickly, but you will most likely not remember much after you are sedated. However, you can still respond to verbal commands from the dental team during the operation.  A local anesthesia is given for pain. You will remain drowsy for some time and will need a ride home.

Nitrous Oxide

A mask is used to deliver laughing gas, which is a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide that creates a relaxing effect. Used alone, you can safely leave the dentist's office. If nitrous oxide and an oral medication are combined, you would not be able to drive home after the appointment.

General Anesthesia

You can choose to receive an oral medication and an IV medication that will place you in an unconscious state. This general anesthesia, if used heavily, can render you unconscious. You won't be able to remember the operation when you wake up.

Choosing the method of anesthesia that is best for you is a decision that should be made jointly with your dentist.  Where local anesthesia will block the pain, if you are anxious about the procedure, you may want to choose other options to relieve any anxiety about the operation. Not only will the dentist be able to do the needed work quickly, but you also will not be aware of the cutting or removal of the tooth or teeth.

For more information, contact a specialist in sedation dentistry.