The 411 on Conscious Sedation May. 15 2018
When it comes to sedation dentistry, patients often assume that the only method used involves being completely unconscious with general anesthesia. And although general anesthesia can be used to help calm patients nerves and make the procedure go smoother for them emotionally, here at Dr. Dean Glasser’s office, we offer a variety of different types of sedation dentistry ranging from conscious sedation to deep sedation to even (yes, you guessed it) general anesthesia. To help you gain a better understanding of the types of sedation we offer, let’s take a closer look at conscious sedation.
What Is Conscious Sedation?
This type of sedation involves sedatives that will be administered to you before the dental procedure to help you relax. Although you will be conscious and responsive during your entire dental treatment, you won’t feel any pain, and many patients don’t remember much of the procedure afterward.
What Are the Benefits?
If your mind races and your dental fears tend to be greater than they actually are, then Dr. Dean Glasser may recommend conscious sedation to help ease your fears and calm your nerves. In general, we like to avoid general anesthesia unless it’s absolutely necessary— because it has more side effects. With conscious sedation, however, we can help many of our patients feel psychologically and physically more comfortable without as many risks involved.
There are too many things in life to stress over, and dental work shouldn’t be one of them. If dental fears are plaguing your life and preventing you from getting dental work done, Dr. Dean Glasser has got you covered. Ranging in strength and catered toward every patient, we have three different methods of sedation dentistry to help ease your fears.
Ready to take steps to learn more about sedation dentistry? Schedule an appointment at our Melville office today: (631) 423-6767.
Conscious sedation for the fearful or apprehensive patient Apr. 18 2018
Conscious sedation has been around for many years from its early days of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) to the more current administration of oral sedation. Depending on the patient level of apprehension and length of the procedure, patients often show they would like to be asleep. with the advent of conscious sedation, this can be achieved in a safe and effective way.
Let's discuss a typical scenario, Mary, a 49-year-old patient requires some cleaning, fillings and root canal, extractions and implants. The patient has a history of traumatic experiences and wants to proceed but is very scared. With conscious sedation, we are able to complete all treatment in just one appointment. the patient for all intent and purposes is asleep but can easily be awakened and has all their protective reflexes. The most common and beneficial effect is complete amnesia of the appointment. There is no emotional trauma, pain, or need to be seen by multiple dentists.
Ease of administration
Approximately 1 hour prior to their dental procedure, the patient will be administrated sedation in pill form. dosage is dependent on patients size, weight, age, and supplemented by Nitrous Oxide and oxygen. The patient is carefully monitored for heart rate, oxygen, and blood pressure to assume patients safety.
⦁ Ideal for long and multiple procedures
⦁ Ideal for apprehensive or phobic patients
⦁ ease of administration
⦁ a wide range of safety with little or no side effects
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How Technology Is Changing the Dentistry World Apr. 15 2018
In this day and age, if you were to tell somebody that technology matters they would probably look you dead in the eye and say, “Obviously.” But when it comes to just about every part of your life, you may not be quite as aware of how important of a role technology plays— including dentistry. Here at Dr. Dean Glasser's office, we love the latest smartphones just as much as anyone else, and we also make sure that we use the latest technology to serve you better.
Our CamX Triton helps us better treat and diagnose all of our patients so that you have a better experience overall. But what else can the CamX Triton do and why is it so important? Let’s take a closer look.
Eliminates the Need to Use X-Rays In Most Instances
Even though only small amounts of radiation are used during dental x-rays, they can still be harmful to young patients and expecting mother’s. With the CamX Triton Proxi interchangeable head, we can take clear images of your teeth and gums without the need of x-rays in most instances.
Better Image Quality
What is worse than having your dentist show you an x-ray or image that they themselves can hardly read? Just about nothing. With the CamX Triton, Dr. Dean Glasser can not only take clearer more precise images of your teeth and gums, but he can also show you better images that you can visualize.
It Can Diagnose Caries
Another unique benefit to the CamX Triton imaging system is that it can identify caries and plaque without the need for radiation.
Better imaging, no need for x-rays, and easier detection are just three of the unique benefits of the CamX Triton HD system that Dr. Dean Glasser uses. If you want to schedule your next dental appointment and experience this unique imaging system firsthand, contact our Melville office today at (631) 423-6767.
Three Myths About Veneers Mar. 15 2018
Having the perfect smile doesn’t always come without some work for most people. Luckily, with a variety of different cosmetic procedures, like dental veneers, from Dr. Dean Glasser, you can get a brighter, whiter, straighter, and perfect looking smile in no time. However, just like with most things, there are many myths circulating dental veneers. To help you feel more informed, we have created a list debunking three common myths. Let’s take a closer look.
They Will Be Too White
If you watched the hit ‘90’s sitcom, Friends, then you likely remember the episode where Ross had his teeth professionally whitened to the point that they glowed in the dark. One of the misconceptions that some patients have about dental veneers is that like Ross; their teeth will be so white that they will glow in the dark and make you feel like the next joke on the block. One of the best parts about porcelain dental veneers is that we can match them to your surrounding teeth so that they look more natural.
They Will Look Fake
One of the biggest fears that many patients have when it comes to porcelain veneers is that they will look fake— enter images of chicklet gum placed over your teeth. And although there may be some patients out there who leave their dentist’s office with a mouth full of fake looking teeth, here at our office Dr. Dean Glasser will ensure that your teeth look as real as possible each and every time.
They Don’t Last
Another misconception that some patients have about dental veneers is that they don’t last. However, it is estimated that dental veneers can last anywhere from about 7-20 years depending on the patient and how much wear and tear they place on their teeth.
Dental veneers are a great way to help correct oral issues like chipped or cracked teeth, and can also be used to treat cosmetic issues like misaligned, discolored, or oddly shaped teeth.
3 Toothbrushing Tips Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids Feb. 15 2018
You can teach your kid to grab their toothbrush, put some toothpaste on it, and then let them go to town, but they likely aren’t getting the job done. With a few easy tips, however, you can teach your kids how to properly brush their teeth so that they will have a healthy smile to last them a lifetime.
How to Apply Soft Pressure
The amount of pressure you apply to your teeth when brushing them is crucial. For instance, you want to apply enough pressure so that your teeth get clean, but you don’t want to use so much pressure that it makes your gums bleed. Show your child how much pressure to apply to their teeth when brushing by gently placing your hand over theirs while they brush their teeth so that they can feel firsthand how much pressure they need to apply.
To Use the Right Amount of Toothpaste
For babies under the age of two, you should be applying toothpaste that’s the size of a grain of rice, because it’s enough to clean their teeth without harming them if they accidentally swallow it. For kids that are over the age of two and that can brush their teeth without swallowing their toothpaste, you can start to apply an amount that’s the size of a pea.
To Brush for Two Minutes
You as an adult may not even be aware of this, but you and your children should be brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time while focusing on all teeth. To ensure that your child is brushing their teeth for the entire two minutes, try setting either a timer on your phone or get one of those small minute hourglasses so that they can keep an eye on the time while they are brushing.
By teaching your kids these simply tooth brushing tricks, you can help them fight cavities and have a healthier smile. To schedule your child’s next dental cleaning or to learn more pediatric dental tips, contact our Melville office at (631) 423-6767.
3 Family Goals to Set in 2018 for a Healthier Smile Jan. 15 2018
Now that the new year is here you likely fit into one of two categories: you are already working on your new year's resolutions, or you still have yet to decide on what you’re going to focus on this year. Whatever category you’re in, there’s one thing for certain: nothing will make your goals more attainable than having the support of your family. So, to help you make your goals that much more in reach, why not set goals together as a family? To help you ensure that your family stays cavity free all year long, we have created a list of three new year's resolutions you and your family can try together to make 2018 your best year yet.
This may be the hardest goal you will set as a family, but it may also be the most rewarding. You may not realize it, but sugar is in just about everything we eat. Yes, it’s in candy and baked goods, but sugar is also in things like pasta sauce, bbq sauce, and even peanut butter. And although a little sugar isn’t going to hurt you, too much sugar can wreak havoc on your blood sugar, waistline, and, you guessed it, even your teeth. Set a goal as a family to try to cut down on your sugar intake this year.
Brush More Often
The American Dental Association recommends that people brush their teeth at least twice a day which most people translate into just twice a day— ignoring the “at least” portion of the recommendation. As a family, try to set a goal to brush more than twice a day. For instance, try encouraging your kids to brush their teeth when they get home from school each day— the extra tooth brushing session will help them cut down on cavities.
Switch Out Your Toothbrushes Regularly
The American Dental Association also recommends that patients switch out their toothbrush every three to four months. If, however, your family isn’t into a habit of switching out their toothbrushes on a regular basis, you may be contributing to cavities and bacteria. Old toothbrushes not only have worn down bristles that don’t clean teeth as well but they also harbor germs and bacteria. Make an alert on your phone to change out your family’s toothbrushes every three months.
By incorporating these three tips into your dental routine, you and your family can have a healthier smile all year long. To learn more about your family’s dental health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dean Glasser at our Melville office today!
How to Get a Whiter Smile Before the New Year Dec. 15 2017
If Santa’s list is growing, your to-do’s are getting longer, and it seems like you’ll never get the lights up on the outside of your house before even the end of the month, it’s time to take a break and take care of yourself. Even though the holidays can bring magic and warmth into your home, they can also be stressful and leave you feeling more anxious than you may care to admit. Try to relax from all of the holiday hustle and bustle, come into Dr. Dean Glasser’s office, and get that white smile you’ve wanted— and, just in time for the new year.
Even though it can seem like there are various at-home whitening kits lurking around every corner of the grocery store practically calling your name, they aren’t going to be nearly as effective as one of Dr. Dean Glasser’s in-office treatments.
With a combination of laser technology and chemical bleaching, we can give you the visibly whiter smile that you’ve been wanting. Plus, because you’ll get to come into our office, that means you’ll get to get away from your hectic holiday schedule, sit in our chair, and relax while we work to give you the white smile of your dreams
Depending on how stained your teeth are, it will determine how many whitening sessions will be required. However, after just one session, most patients notice a visibly whiter smile that will be worth showing off at your next holiday party.
In- office whitening is more efficient than at-home whitening for a variety of reasons including the concentration of bleach used, the use of a laser, and the help of a professional like Dr. Dean Glasser. If you would like to learn more about how we can get you a whiter smile before the new year, contact our Melville office today!
Myths About Geriatric Dentistry Nov. 15 2017
Oh, the Internet. Although the internet is filled with wonderful, helpful information, unless it’s coming from a source like our blog, it may not be something you can necessarily trust— especially when it comes to your physical or oral health. If you have been scouring the Internet in hopes of finding information on geriatric dentistry, you may have come across a few myths on the way including the following.
Myth: Dry Mouth Is Another Part of Aging
There are some things that are considered to be a normal part of the aging process and some that aren’t. If you suffer from the chronic dry mouth and can’t seem to drink enough water to keep your mouth moist, this may be indicative of an underlying issue. Many elderly patients get dry mouth due to some of the medications they are on, but it isn’t a normal part of aging. By getting an oral exam by Dr. Dean Glasser, he can help pinpoint what is contributing to your dry mouth so that you can find relief.
Myth: Tooth Loss Is Normal
Although tooth loss is more common amongst the elderly, it’s not normal. The most common form of tooth loss in elderly individuals is linked to periodontal disease which can most commonly be prevented by dental hygiene like regular dental cleanings, and daily brushing and flossing. Elderly patients with dementia or Alzheimer's are at an increased risk for periodontal disease or tooth loss due to the lack of basic hygiene.
Myth: Seniors Have Bad Breath
Unless you just went to town on a garlic burger, bad breath is typically a sign that you have an oral infection. If you notice that your breath is getting worse the older you get, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dean Glasser, and we will get to the root of the problem so that you don't have to worry about this inconvenience anymore.
How to Maintain a White Smile Oct. 15 2017
Even though Halloween is almost here, you don’t need to walk around with a mouth full of black, gray, or even yellow teeth. By staying up-to-date on your dental whitening, you can rest assured that you only look like a ghoul on Halloween. The tricky thing about dental whitening is that for many patients, their teeth start to look a little yellow after just a few cups of coffee--making patients feel like their whitening will never last. From in-office whitening to whitening pens, this article will list a few ways that may help you keep your teeth white all year long.
In Office Whitening
Unless you took a medication like a tetracycline when you were little, and your teeth are permanently stained gray, Dr. Dean Glasser should be able to make your teeth visibly whiter after just a few laser whitening sessions. Depending on how severe your stains are, he may recommend more than one treatment to get the best results possible.
If you’re not already brushing with a whitening toothpaste, you are doing your teeth a serious disservice. Over-the-counter whitening toothpaste contains a small amount of hydrogen peroxide that works to rid your teeth of surface stains caused by things such as tomato sauce and coffee— which makes whitening toothpaste something you should consider using every day.
Whitening pens hit the market a few years ago and have slowly started to gain popularity. Because you are unable to brush your teeth when you’re at work or out in public, a whitening pen gives you the ability to fight surface stains before they sit on your teeth for too long. All you have to do is remove the cap and paint the whitening solution onto your teeth— it’s is simple as that.
Teeth whitening isn't a one and done kind of thing— it requires routine maintenance. If you have stained teeth that you would like to whiten, contact Dr. Dean Glasser’s office today to schedule an appointment, and we will gladly assist you.
Perfect Your Smile: 3 Ways to Straighter Teeth Sep. 15 2017
Although having a gap between your two front teeth can make your smile a bit endearing, it can also make you feel self-conscious. If you have a large gap in between your front teeth that are making you feel less like Julia Roberts and more like Anna Paquin, then you may want to have your smile altered by Dr. Dean Glasser. Luckily, we have a variety of different ways that we can help perfect your smile. From braces to veneers, this article will discuss a few of your options. Read on to learn more.
The most traditional method that we use to close the gap in between your teeth is metal braces. As an affordable and effective option, metal braces can not only help with your mouth’s appearance but also with your bite as well. By pushing your teeth together, braces can perfect your smile and make you feel more like a celebrity in no time.
As a temporary way to get rid of the gap in between your teeth, Dr. Dean Glasser may recommend that we use dental bonding. By placing a thin composite resin in between your teeth and then curing it with a light, the gap can be temporarily closed off. Depending on how big the gap is between your teeth will help Dr. Glasser decide if this is a suitable option for you.
As a more expensive, yet popular option, dental veneers can help correct almost every type of cosmetic dental related issue. By shaving down your existing teeth and then placing porcelain dental veneers on top, Dr. Dean Glasser can help change the location, size, shape, and color of your teeth.
If you have a gap in between your teeth that is causing you more grief than popularity; you may want to consider one of the options listed above. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Dean Glasser today!