Whether you are having a temporary implant placed or you’re having a tooth pulled, if you just found out that you have to have oral surgery done you may be a little bit nervous. One of our jobs here at our office is to ensure that all of our patients feel as calm and comfortable about all procedures— including oral surgery— before they walk in through our doors. To help you feel a little bit more relaxed and informed, Dr. Dean Glaser has created a list of three basics of oral surgery.
When it comes to pain during surgery, it’s the last thing that we want you to feel. Depending on the type of surgery that you are having, we may use one form of anesthesia over another. Typical forms of anesthesia include:
Local anesthetic is injected into the mouth to numb the area to be treated and block the nerves that transmit pain. It is commonly used during fillings, treating gum disease or preparing teeth for crowns.
Sedation is usually administered by inhaling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. This form of anesthesia is commonly combined with local anesthetic to help relieve anxieties.
General anesthesia is the strongest form of anesthesia available for dental procedures, and involves intravenous drugs to produce a temporary loss of consciousness.
We typically encourage all of our patients to at least take a day off work on average to help heal after oral surgery. If you are undergoing a larger oral surgery like having your wisdom teeth removed, then you may want to take even more time off of work. While you're recovering, try taking some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen to help ease any pain, discomfort, or welling. Additionally, we encourage some of our surgical patients to eat a diet of soft foods for the first few days so that they don’t exacerbate the incision site.
Before you come into our office and have any sort of oral surgery or procedure, we will make sure that you know the ins and outs of what you can expect before, during, and after. To learn more, contact our Melville office today and call us at (631) 423-6767
Snore No More: 3 Surgeries for Sleep Apnea
Mar. 15 2019
If you have sleep apnea, you have more than likely been nudged or shoved awake by your spouse because of how loud your breathing is. As a condition that causes your airways to collapse while you sleep, resulting in a lack of oxygen to your heart and brain, sleep apnea isn’t something to mess with.
The most common form of treatment for sleep apnea is with a breathing machine called a continuous positive airway pressure therapy machine (CPAP). A CPAP helps to increase air pressure in your throat so that your airways do not collapse when you breathe; that way your body gets all of the oxygen it needs (and your spouse gets more sleep). While sleep apnea treatment usually starts with conservative therapy like a CPAP machine or even weight loss, many patients end up having to have surgery performed. But what kinds of surgeries are available? Let’s take a closer look and see.
This surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During this surgery, the tonsils, adenoids, and tissue from the rear of the mouth are removed to stop vibration and snoring.
This procedure is done to help move the jaw forward to help create more space behind the tongue and the soft palate which reduces the risk of obstruction during sleep.
Usually, this procedure is only performed when other treatments have failed and is reserved for life-threatening cases of sleep apnea. During this surgery, a metal or plastic tube is inserted into the throat to help you breathe while you sleep. The opening will stay covered during the day but it will help pass air in and out of the lungs at night.
If you live with chronic sleep apnea, then it may be time to look into other options like surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Glasser, he will do a brief examination and then discuss all of these options with you. Are you ready to learn more about how you can sleep better at night? If so, contact us at our Melville office today and call us at (631) 423-6767
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Dec. 15 2018
If you are a cigarette smoker or tobacco user you know that you are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer, throat cancer, and heart disease. But did you know that you are also at a higher risk of developing oral cancer as well? Whether you smoke or not during one of your regular dental examinations, Dr. Glasser will check for any signs of oral cancer. But what are the signs and symptoms that you as a patient should be on the lookout for? Let’s take a closer look.
Have you ever had strep throat? If so then you may have noticed white patches on the back of your throat. Similarly, one sign of oral cancer to look out for are white patches on the inside of your cheeks or on the roof of your mouth. If you notice any of these patches and they aren’t going away, then make sure to contact Dr. Glasser
The tricky thing about persistent mouth pain is that it could be attributed to a variety of things including an oral infection, a cavity, or yes, even oral cancer. If you are experiencing any sort of persistent oral pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Glasser so that he can get down to the root cause of it.
Having a sore throat that’s accompanied by a cold and then goes away after a week is something that’s normal during this time of year. But having a persistent sore throat that you just can’t get rid of may be a sign of oral or throat cancer.
If at any point you are worried that you may have signs of oral cancer, don’t hesitate to give Dr. Glasser a call. To learn more about oral cancer screenings or to schedule your next examination, contact our Melville office at (631) 423-6767.
3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Get Dental Implants
Oct. 15 2018
Did you know that one-third of the United States’ population has one or more missing teeth? If that number doesn't shock you, then we don't know what will. The good news about tooth loss (if there is any good news) is that Dean Glasser offers patients a variety of different treatments, including dental implants, to help restore your appearance and jaw functionality. If you have been putting off getting dental implants either for financial reasons or because you have a little bit of dental anxiety, here’s why you shouldn’t wait any longer.
Your Jaw Bone May Start To Atrophy
When you have a missing tooth for an extended period of time, that portion of your jaw can start to atrophy because it has nothing that's holding it in place or making it work. With a simple dental implant procedure, however, we can prevent any sort of atrophying to help restore your jaw health.
You May Have a Hard Time Chewing
Let’s face it: the only real way for you to be able to chew properly is with a mouth full of teeth. If, however, you have one or more missing teeth then you aren't going to be able to chew or even enjoy your food as well.
You May Not Look Your Best
If you are missing a tooth near the front of your mouth, then your appearance may start to suffer. With dental implants, because they look natural and can be matched to your surrounding teeth, you can restore your appearance so that you won’t feel self-conscious.
Dental implants can be a real mouth saver. If you have one or more missing teeth but have a strong enough to support dental implants, make sure that you don’t wait another day and that you schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Dean Glasser at our Melville office. Call us today at (631) 423-6767.
3 Tips to Help Speed Up Your Dental Implant Recovery
Aug. 15 2018
If you have recently been told by Dr. Dean Glasser that you need dental implants, you may have more questions about them than you can swallow. Luckily, our staff is here to help answer any of your questions and concerns. The dental implant procedure itself is a two-step procedure. During the first step, a metal rod (which essentially acts an artificial root) will be surgically implanted into your gums. As long as your gums heal nicely around the implant and the implant sticks, then we can move forward with the second step. But because recovery from the first step is so critical, you may not know where to start. This article will take a closer look at three ways to speed up your dental implant recovery.
For the first day or two, we encourage our patients to take time off of work or away from daily duties to rest. Resting is your body’s number one way to heal itself— no matter what kind of surgery you are having. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to lay in bed all day and watch movies?
For the first few days after surgery, make sure that you are careful with the implant area. Specifically, make sure that you don’t prod or probe the area which can disrupt the healing process. Also, we usually encourage patients to avoid doing things like swishing with a lot of water because this can also disrupt any healing.
Switch Out Your Gauze
Some patients experience more bleeding at the surgical site than others. If you do experience regular bleeding for the first several days, make sure that you are applying gauze to the area. The gauze will help stop the bleeding and absorb the blood. If you do use gauze, however, make sure that you switch it out for clean bandages every couple of hours. Dirty gauze can harbor germs and bacteria which may cause an infection.
When we send you home from dental implant surgery, we will give you detailed recovery instructions, but a few extra tips never hurt. To learn more about dental implant surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dean Glasser at our Melville office and call us at (631) 423-6767.
The 411 on Conscious Dental Sedation
Jul. 15 2018
As much as we dentists don’t like to admit, we aren’t exactly seen as angels in the eyes of most people. In fact, it’s safe to say that the majority of people out there dread coming to the dentist— no matter how nice Dr. Dean Glasser is. And because sitting in the dental chair makes the majority of people at least a little bit anxious, sedation dentistry was invented. Here at Dr. Dean Glasser’s office, we provide patients with a variety of levels of sedation to help you feel as calm as possible during your procedure. For patients who are either undergoing a small procedure like a dental cleaning or cavity, or whom only have a little bit of anxiety, we may recommend either minimal or conscious sedation.
What’s Conscious Sedation?
Conscious sedation is a moderate form of sedation which puts patients in a state of relaxation but allows them to still remain awake and respond to commands. Typically, with this type of sedation, you won’t remember most of the procedure.
How Should You Prepare for Conscious Sedation?
Usually, with conscious sedation, we encourage patients to fast for about six hours beforehand and to avoid drinking anything for two hours before. However, during your initial consultation, we will go over a list of instructions to ensure that you come to your appointment fully prepared.
Make sure that you arrange for someone to pick you up from your appointment because you won’t be able to drive. If you need help arranging a ride, call our office a few days beforehand.
What Is Recovery Like?
One of the best things about recovering from conscious sedation is that it’s very minimal. Most patients experience a bit of grogginess after but that should quickly subside. Inf act, most patients can get right back to their activities just a few hours after their procedure.
Conscious sedation is a great way to stay calm and comfortable during an oral procedure without having to be fully sedated. If you are interested in learning more about conscious sedation and whether or not it’s right for you, contact our Melville office today and call (631) 423-6767.
3 Benefits of Intraoral Scanners
Jun. 15 2018
Using the latest and greatest technology isn’t just beneficial to our dentists and staff here at Dr. Dean Glasser's office, but it’s also beneficial to our patients. One of the latest technologies that we have invested in is intraoral scanners. By scanning your mouth, our wireless intraoral scanner helps us deliver fast and easy 3D impressions. So, what are the benefits to you as a patient? Let’s take a closer look.
Have you ever looked at an old-fashioned digital x-ray only to think that it looks more like an alien invasion than your actual mouth? Intraoral scanners take away the mystery of what you’re looking at and deliver clear photos that make it easy for you to see the exact condition of your mouth, teeth, and jaw.
Less Chair Time
When it comes to going to the dentist, the last thing you want to do is sit in Dr. Dean Glasser’s chair for hours and hours on end— no matter how nice he is. With our intraoral scanners, we can reduce the amount of time you sit in one of our dental chairs because they are faster than ever.
Long gone are the days in which we would have to search through filing cabinets for old x-ray images of your mouth and jaw. Another great benefit of our intraoral scanners is that we can store all of your impressions in digital archives— making it easier for us to access them at every appointment.
Here at Dr. Dean Glasser’s office, we like to ensure that every one of your dental appointments goes as quickly and smoothly as possible which is why we have invested in technology like the intraoral scanners. Are you ready to schedule your next dental cleaning? Contact our Melville Office today at (631) 423-6767.
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.
The 411 on Conscious Sedation
Feb. 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.
My family and I have been using Dr. Glasser for 30 years. He is the best! He is a professional through and through as well a great guy. He's honest, ethical & always has his patients best interest at heart. He did an excellent job on my implants and caps I could not have gotten a better more beautiful new set of teeth any where else.
- Richard G.