Sedation Dentistry

Oral Surgery Made Easy

oral surgeryNo one likes the idea of having oral surgery. We get it! No matter how much we geek out over dentistry, no matter how fascinated we are by every procedure, no matter how much advanced training we get, we really don’t want to experience oral surgery ourselves! But we can assure you of one thing: If we HAD to have oral surgery, we would want to have it done right here by one of our experienced colleagues. Comfort and Compassion

Not only is everyone here just as passionate about dentistry as we are, our approach to oral surgery is always gentle, compassionate, and individualized. Whether you need to have a tooth removed because of advanced decay or damage, your wisdom teeth are impacted, or you need gum surgery, you can be sure that no one will ever judge you or increase your anxiety. Instead, our entire team will work together to put you at ease, let you know what is happening at every step, and make sure the experience is as pain-free as possible.

Our Surgical Options

Whatever you need, we have it right here in the comfortable office you are familiar with by a comforting staff you know and trust. There is no need for referrals to another office.

  • Dental implants
  • Wisdom Tooth and other extractions
  • Oral lesion care
  • Oral cancer diagnosis
  • Frenectomy
  • Bone grafting
  • Sinus lift
  • Ridge augmentation
  • Pinhole gum surgery

And much more.

Sedation

Of course we have a variety of sedation options including, IV sedation, to ease you through any necessary oral surgery. Patients tell us they ever felt a moment of pain or discomfort because we tailor our sedation methods to meet each individual need.

We also offer painless anesthetic for even more comfort. Our computer controlled anesthetic delivery system offers one of the slowest, steadiest, most comfortable injections a patient can experience. If you need any type of oral surgery, please come talk to us. We are here to help you get healthy, strong, and smiling again.

Preventable Dental Emergencies On The Rise

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to a sudden, intense, pulsating pain from the lower right side of your mouth. You make an attempt to bite down but you barely have any movement because your body is too focused on the pain. You quickly realize that toothache that has been coming and going is finally establishing a permanent presence. It's exactly 1:34am- dental clinics are closed; the only place available for help is the local hospital's emergency room. It's only a toothache right? The pain is too intense to go back to sleep so you decide to go to the ER. Once there, after waiting for a few hours you finally consult with a doctor and the diagnosis is that you have a decayed tooth; Treatment Plan- Tooth Extraction. You become anxious about the idea of now having an unappealing smile but agree quickly to the extraction because you want the pain and swelling to just go away. Four and half-hours later the tooth is now gone but you are still in pain, and also stuck having to pay $2500 in hospital fees.

Sounds familiar? Unfortunately this has been an increasing trend in the past decade across the nation. As the economy has been declining so has our emphasis on the importance of dental care. An increase in patients that have not been seeking regular dental care until a serious emergency occurs has been noted in hospital emergency rooms across the country. Living in the world of consumerism we tend to categorize items/services by wants and needs. It's surprising, however, to learn that especially in recent years, more and more patients are grouping dental care as a "want" rather then an important "need".

A significant number of patients are now waiting until the problem is so advanced that their only option is tooth removal. According to a Newsday article it states that in New York, emergency room visits and surgery center treatment for tooth decay related problems cost more that $31 million; a percent increase from 2004. Meanwhile, the state of Florida spent more than $88 million in emergency dental care services. These facts show that more and more individuals are simply putting off basic dental care services and relying on emergency care when most of the problems could be treated or avoided entirely with just routine care and maintenance at the dental office. An analyst stated "...It's the wrong service, in the wrong setting, at the wrong time."

One of the main reasons this trend is on the rise is that many people either don't have the dental coverage they once had, making the cost of dental care an increased burden, or they simply must use the money previously set aside for dental care for other necessary bills. Taking all of this into account, we at Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates have attempted to make it easier to afford dental care. We offer many payment programs so patients can seek the proper dental care that is needed without unduly staining their budget. The last place anyone wants to end up with a toothache is a hospital emergency room so before that happens please take the time to have a checkup and find out if there are any conditions or problem that require immediate treatment. Prompt identification is the simplest and most affordable way to ultimately have the best treatment possible.

A Pain-Free Dental Experience? Well…Mainly.

Does the idea of going to the dentist make you cringe? Do you head to the grocery store to stock up on soft foods to eat after your visit when your teeth are too sore to chew?

It’s time to talk to your dentist about the latest tools and techniques to minimize pain in the dentist’s chair, including:

Lasers For dental work beyond cleaning, lasers are now a time tested technology that can be far more comfortable than traditional surgical methods. Instead of using scalpels, lasers can often be used for many soft tissue procedures — like gum surgery — and patients experience far less discomfort.

New Anesthetics with different delivery methods In the old days, local anesthetics could only be administered one way and that’s the way none of us like…a needle. Needles are not going to go away anytime soon and they will have a place for the foreseeable future, however, there is now a completely different way to administer local anesthetics. The method is called STA which stands for “Single Tooth Anesthesia” and it involves placing a probe painlessly just at the gumline of the tooth and allowing a computerized sensor to tell the dentist when the tooth is sufficiently numb enough for work. This method is particularly nice for lower teeth because we can now numb a single tooth instead of an injection that makes you feel like half of your face is numb. Improved topical anesthetics as well as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) are also options that we will expand upon in future blog postings.

Sedation Dentistry For those who avoid going to the dentist altogether or have a panic attack just thinking about it, sedation dentistry may be the answer for you. A board certified medical anesthesiologist will deliver an intravenous (IV) anesthetic directly into your bloodstream, placing you in a semi-conscious state for the duration of treatment. If you do choose this option, you must have someone to drive you home after the visit, as the anesthetic effects may last for six to eight hours following administration.

Beyond all these new technologies, however, trust is still the major factor in the equation and there is no substitute or technology to replace a good dentist/patient relationship. As in any good relationship, honesty is the best policy and you should never feel any fear or embarrassment to ask us any questions or make any comments on any proposed treatments that you are contemplating.

We all take a lot of pride in what we like to call “being there” for our patients and that means caring about the whole patient as a person and not just their teeth. Please call today to set up an appointment or send us an e-mail with any comments or questions you may have.

Sedation Dentistry Seminar: Featuring Dr. Gordon Barnes, MD

Does the thought of going to the dentist scare you? Have you let your fear keep you from getting proper dental care? A large number of Americans don't make regular visits to the dentist because of dental anxiety, risking serious problems with their teeth and gums. Thankfully, there are many ways you can reduce your fear of the dentist and feel more comfortable while you receive dental work. Join us Wednesday, April 13th from 7:30-8:30pm at our Great Neck location for a sedation dentistry seminar featuring our board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Godron Barnes, MD. Let Dr. Barnes ease your fears and learn techniques to manage your anxiety. His discussion will include different types of sedation, including Total Intravenous Anesthesia (Sleep Dentistry) for Adults and Children. If you suffer from dental-related anxiety, you are not alone.

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