Is Sedation Dentistry Safe For Provo Smiles?

Affordable Provo Dentistry Sedation When I discuss sedation dentistry with new  patients, I encounter many misconceptions. The purpose of today’s article is to de-bunk some of the most common myths about dental sedation.

Myth #1:  You Are Completely Unconscious

Some nervous dental patients are not only afraid of receiving treatment; they also fear the thought of not being in control. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we offer different levels of sedation, but none of the sedation options put you completely to sleep. With oral sedation you are relaxed but not totally knocked out. When we need to ask a dental sedation patient a question during the treatment, the patient is able to hear, understand, and respond.

Myth #2: Dental Sedation Should Only Be Used For Extensive Dental Treatment

Anxiety-free dentistry is completely safe. Many nervous sedation dentistry patients request sedation for routine exams and procedures.

Myth #3: Most Utah Dental Insurance Companies Do Not Cover Sleep Dentistry

Some Utah dental insurers do cover sedation. Check with your insurer for details about your dental insurance benefits.

Myth #4: Sleep Dentistry Is Still Experimental

Cosmetic dentists have been safely providing sedation for many years. Our practice meets all the requirements advised by the American Dental Association. Millions of Americans and thousands of patients have safely received sedation for dental treatment.

For more information about anxiety-free dentistry, contact us at  801-657-5633 today to schedule a sedation consultation.

 

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 


You Won’t Be Out Cold (Unless You Want To Be!)

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Does your heart start pounding at the mere thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you drive by a dental practice?

Many Provo residents who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry or underwent extensive restoration care chose to use sedation. Though the terms “sleep dentistry” and “oral conscious sedation” are often used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s review the three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide
The first level uses nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” as it is usually called. Nitrous oxide has been used in Provo cosmetic dental offices for generations because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the treatment, but wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental treatment, but don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous may be the best option.

Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as speedily as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually cause complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation. Two of the most common sedatives used by Provo dentists are diazepam and triazolam.

IV Sedation
IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery and results in true “sleep dentistry.” Most patients are completely oblivious to what is going on in their mouth. IV sedation is often used for care such as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, and multi-procedure smile makeovers. (The sedation will wear off shortly after the procedure, so you won’t need a handsome prince’s kiss to wake you up.)

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For more information, call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633.

 

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200 Ste 200
Provo, UT
84604

 


Overcoming Anxiety With Gentle Dental At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry

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Dental anxiety and the more severe dental phobia affect many Provo people, including some Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry patients. Today’s post answers some questions asked about this serious topic.

What are the long-term consequences of dental anxiety and dental phobia?
The most harmful consequence is when a dental phobic patient delays dental care until a pain becomes excruciating. At this point, the problem is usually extremely advanced and requires extensive treatment.

Furthermore, there are usually many other dental problems in varying stages of progression. Many oral conditions eventually cause malfunction in other vital systems risking general health and well-being.

There is also another anxiety at play, albeit a very ironic one. In addition to the emotional distress about dental treatment, the patient who avoids dental care starts panicking about the sorry condition of their teeth.

If I have dental phobia or anxiety, what should I do to protect my oral health?

Schedule an appointment with me, Drs. Dr. Hammond of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. There are several specific fears associated with dental anxiety and dental phobia. Fear of pain, the unknown, loss of control, and extreme embarrassment because of poor dental health are the most common concerns. During your consultation, we will address each of your specific fears and discuss them.

I have helped many patients manage their anxiety during dental exams and treatment. First off, we take things slowly. I explain exactly what is going to happen before each procedure. I assure the patient that I have treated many people who have neglected their teeth and nothing going on in their mouth will shock me. I never, ever give stern lectures on proper oral care – though I do give friendly instruction if requested.

If local anesthetic is necessary, I employ my finely-honed methods which cause zero to minimal discomfort. We agree upon a nonverbal signal, such as raising a hand, to signal me to remove my instrument from the patient’s mouth. Then he/she can take a break, breathe deeply, regain composure, ask questions, and learn the status of the procedure.

These methods go a long way in calming anxious dental patients. At the very least, they help the patient get through the treatment that is needed ASAP. With each subsequent visit, the patient is comforted by the growing familiarity, their increased confidence, and a strengthened relationship with me and my caring team.

What if I need more help to get through treatment?
Sedation dentistry is available at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. In the Orem dental community, the terms “sleep dentistry” and “oral conscious sedation” are both used, however, they are not exactly the same thing. There are three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Level 1: Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, or, informally, “laughing gas” is safe and effective. Nitrous oxide has been used in Provo cosmetic dental offices for decades because in many ways it is the ideal mild sedative. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the treatment without rendering them completely unconscious, and wears off quickly after the mask is removed. It also requires no needles – an important feature for the needle-phobic.

Level 2: Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as quickly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of relaxation. These medications, however, do not usually produce complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation. Two common sedatives used by Provo dentists are diazepam and triazolam.

Level 3: IV Sedation
IV sedation produces actual “sleep dentistry.” Most patients are completely oblivious to the dental procedures they are receiving. IV sedation is helpful for root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, multi-procedure smile makeovers, and oral surgery.

To learn more about overcoming dental anxiety, sedation dentistry, or any other dental topic, call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633.


When Mommy Is Scared Of The Dentist

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If you are dreading some upcoming dental treatment, you may want to consider oral conscious sedation. First off, oral conscious sedation or sedation dentistry is perfectly safe. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we have been providing sedation since 1967. We offer different levels of sedation and a choice of medication including oral analgesics, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.

When choosing a type of sedation, it is helpful to consider the type of anxiety (fear of immobility, fear of loss of control, fear of pain, etc), the specific procedure(s) you will undergo, the length of time necessary to complete the treatment, past experiences during treatment, and any complicating health problems. Call 801-657-5633 to schedule a consultation Drs. Dr. Hammond to discuss your options.

Perhaps you have a dentist-wary child who needs treatment. For simple dental procedures, topical anesthetics are applied to the gums and other tissues reducing sensation. If your child requires more sedation, nitrous oxide and general anesthesia are both safe options.

Perhaps Mommy is the one who is anxious about her child undergoing dental work. Sorry – we can’t sedate you while your child is being treated – but you can take comfort in the fact that we take excellent care of our youngest patients. We make sure they are comfortable and relaxed, and that they understand exactly what is going to happen. Our team of child-friendly dental professionals has been putting children at ease since 1967.

Regular dental check-ups are critical for your child’s lifelong oral health, so it is important that your child has a positive experience during dental visits. If possible, don’t let your child know that you have dental anxiety. If he/she already knows, explain why your fears are unreasonable and why you are having treatment regardless of your anxiety. Show them how brave Mommy is because she wants healthy teeth.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry offers full-service dental care including mini implants, porcelain veneers, and sedation dentistry. Thanks for visiting our blog. Check back for more helpful dental information from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo.


Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Hammond Aesthetic & Family Dentistry

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety With Provo Sedation Dentistry

Hello Orem dental blog visitors, welcome to the Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry blog. We are Dr. Hammond and we specialize in cosmetic dentistry and dental crowns.

If you need root canal treatment and are worried about the pain you might experience or being able to get off of work for the multiple office visits to complete the procedure, be assured that painful root canals are a thing of the past with modern Utah dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two short office visits.

Your anxiety can be diminished when you know what to expect. If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Provo dentist recently, we encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today. We are accepting new Orem dentistry patients at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we offer invisible braces, fast teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and all general and preventative dental procedures.

If you are interested in dental crowns or porcelain veneers, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E
Provo, Utah 84604
801-657-5633
http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/


Sedation Dentistry In Provo For Kids And Parents

Sedation Dentistry In Provo For Kids And Parents

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry we know that many Provo children fear going to the dentist. We are Dr. Hammond and we at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry want to make your child’s first visit to our Provo practice a positive experience. Regular dental check-ups from toddler age are an essential part of oral hygiene.

Utah parents can follow these guidelines to help prepare their child for a dental visit.

1. Talk about the exam with your child. Answer any questions with uncomplicated answers.
2. Don’t share your bad dental experiences with your child.
3. Don’t imply that the exam will be painful.
4. Help your child understand that this is an important part of staying healthy.
5. Don’t offer a reward for visiting the dentist.

It is important for parents to make sure they aren’t anxious about Provo dental visits because children can sense their stress.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry we have been treating children and adults since 1967. Our professional, friendly staff can calm the nerves of a fearful child and help them have a gentle dental experience.

If you or your Provo child has had a bad dental experience or is unable to stay calm while visiting the dentist, ask us about sedation dentistry. We want all of our patients to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible while receiving excellent dental care.

For simple dental procedures topical anesthetics are applied to the gums and other tissues reducing oral sensation. If you require more sedation, nitrous oxide and general anesthesia are safe solutions.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry also offers complete smile makeovers which may include dental implants, teeth whitening, dental veneers, or any other cosmetic dental procedures required. All of these can be done with some type of sedation if required.

Don’t let your fears or your child’s fears keep your child from having a beautiful, healthy smile. Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry today!


Sedation Dentistry in Orem

Sedation Dentistry in Orem Picture the following scenario: You are stretched out in a chair at your Orem dentist’s office holding a remote as you try to tune into your favorite radio station. An assistant clips a paper bib around your neck. Someone switches on a bright overhead light and you see latex-gloved hands moving toward your open mouth. You close your eyes.

As you read this, does your heart begin racing? Are your palms sweaty?

If so, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Oral sedation benefits nervous dental patients in Orem every day. Moderate sedation is used for all types of dental procedures such as root canals, dental implants, and wisdom teeth removal. If you are considering extensive restorative or cosmetic dental work, conscious sedation may allow your Orem dentist to complete multiple procedures in a single visit.

Don’t let fear prevent you from getting the dental treatment you need. Schedule a visit with Dr. Hammond to learn about conscious sedation dentistry.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E, Ste 200 in Provo, Utah 84604
http://www.CosmeticDentistryUtahCounty.com
Helping Your Smile Last a Lifetime

Give us a call at 801-657-5633 or find us on the Web at: http://www.CosmeticDentistryUtahCounty.com.


Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable In Orem

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Pain isn’t fun. Your Orem family dentist knows this, and that is why the dental team at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry have made patient comfort a top priority. In conjunction with creating a relaxing environment, your dentist has various medications that can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.

Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in Orem cosmetic dental offices and around the country are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue so they only numb the very surface layers. Topical anesthetics can reduce the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.

Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to specific areas of the mouth. Orem dentists numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or before certain cosmetic dentistry procedures.

More involved dental procedures may necessitate the need for nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sedation dentistry and oral conscious sedation.

It is very common for your dentist to recommend an over the counter analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

Because your Orem cosmetic dentist will most likely use a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the treatment, make sure you jot down a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.

We’re Dr. Hammond and we want Orem residents to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Orem area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact our office today at 801-657-5633. Our continuing education staff would be happy to talk to you about cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, implant dentistry, and the other services we offer.

Dr. Chris Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E, Ste 200
Provo, Utah
801-657-5633
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Help Me Provo; I’m Afraid Of The Dentist!

Orem Sleep Dentistry If you are afraid of your Provo cosmetic dentist, you are not alone. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we encounter many nervous first-time Provo dental patients. How do we calm their fears, provide a comfortable dental environment and earn lifelong clients?

1) We carefully explain the findings of the initial dental examination and thoroughly outline any recommended procedures. The consultation also includes a discussion about pain control including oral conscious sedation medications. This allows our general dentistry clients to make informed decisions about their oral health and necessary dental procedures.

2) Drs. Hammond practice gentle, pain-free dentistry. Provo cosmetic dentistry treatment will not begin until you are numb. Keep in mind, however, that every dentistry patient reacts to numbing agents and sedation medications differently.

Speak up quickly if you start to feel discomfort. We will pause treatment, administer additional analgesic and wait until it takes effect. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we never rush cosmetic dental or restorative procedures.

We will do our best to make you comfortable, whether you are receiving dental veneers, undergoing crown-lengthening treatment, having your teeth whitened, or replacing your old silver fillings.

3) We provide many in-office amenities at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry which help our dental patients focus on something pleasant during cosmetic dental treatment. Not every Provo dental patient chooses sedation dentistry. Sometimes chemical-free diversions such as listening to your favorite music provide a diversion while letting you remain clear-headed.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we understand dental anxiety and will help you overcome it. We are located at 3575 N 100 E, Ste 200, Provo, UT 84604.

To schedule a friendly consultation, call 801-657-5633 or visit http://www.CosmeticDentistryUtahCounty.com.


I Evaluate Your Teeth – You Evaluate Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry

Orem Smile Makeovers Hello friends of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. Welcome to my Orem general dentistry blog. This site is for my patients and anyone in the Orem area who doesn’t have a regular dentist.

I invite you to call 801-657-5633 to schedule an evaluation.

I’m not talking about an ordinary dental evaluation, although I will certainly examine your teeth and gums thoroughly and advise you on any necessary preventative or cosmetic dental needs. I invite you to perform your own evaluation of me and my dental practice.

I encourage you to evaluate:

  • My education, experience and cosmetic dental skill
  • The variety of services we provide at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
  • My recommendations about your dental needs
  • Before and after photos of my smile makeover patients
  • My philosophy of preventative dentistry
  • The length of the wait time for your appointment
  • My office atmosphere and attentiveness of my professional dental team
  • All the extras that make your dental visits pleasant and comfortable
  • My ability to explain the technical details of procedures and characteristics of restorative materials
  • The many services available at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry including general dentistry, smile makeovers, and sedation dentistry
  • My Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry website at: http://www.CosmeticDentistryUtahCounty.com

Fair enough? I will evaluate your dental needs and you can evaluate everything about me and my family dentistry practice. I am confident that you will like what you find.

Drs. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E, Ste 200
Provo, Utah 84604
http://www.CosmeticDentistryUtahCounty.com