Medication in Dentistry

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Judy J. Johnson, DDS
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 – 07:01 PM
Periodontic Dentists:

Medication in Dentistry
In periodontics, there are four reasons to seek medication. Those are infection, swelling, pain and sedation. Although some patients may experience pain, swelling and infection as a result of an acute periodontal problem like advanced periodontal disease, periodontic patients usually do not need medication until they are faced with surgery. Then, medication is introduced prior to the operation, usually the morning before the procedure and is continued for up to two weeks after.

Conscious Sedation in Dentistry

During the surgery, dentists use medication to not only ease the pain of the procedure, but also to reduce patient anxiety. With conscious sedation, you remain comfortable and pain-free.  It is also referred to as anxiety-free dentistry, relaxation dentistry or comfortable dentistry.  This is because most patients have feelings of anxiety during even a routine trip to the dentist’s office.

There are a number of sedation drugs, which can be taken by mouth.  They have been developed specifically for the purpose of conscious sedation in dentistry.  Sleep dentistry is a common term, which used to be used to describe a visit to the dentist office.  The interesting thing is that though it was referred to as sleep dentistry, the patient never actually went to sleep during the visit.  Sleep dentistry should really be applied to dentistry which uses the aid of general anesthesia.  

The dentist will determine which medication is best used during sedation.

This is probably the most well recognized drug used today.  Everyone has heard of valium.  It’s been around and implemented since the 1960s.  It is a well-known sedative.  It is extremely useful during appointments where the most extensive dentistry is being performed.

This is also the most well-known treatment for insomnia.  It is a highly effective drug, which can be used in conjunction with an antihistamine.  It is similar to valium and is a popular choice for many different dentists.  Halcion is typically used for shorter appointments.

Again, similar to valium, it is also used in the treatment of insomnia.  The patient is not in an extended sleep during throughout oral sedation, but is rather relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.

This is a very commonly prescribed drug for anxiety.  It is very useful in appointments, which are longer than two hours.

This drug is classified as an antihistamine.  It has anti-anxiety effects and works in conjunction with many benzodiazepines.  It has no amnesic properties.

Has the shortest half-life of any available drugs.  It is ideal for short appointments and simple procedures.  It has many anti-anxiety properties as well as amnesic properties.

General Medication Information
Medications are typically used to control pain and anxiety in dentistry.  The patient is very rarely out completely during a dental procedure, even if he or she cannot accurately remember the procedure upon waking up.

Anti-inflammatory medications are used to relieve discomfort and redness of the mouth and gums.  They …


Dental Care For the Poor

We all know that dentists are highly specialized doctors who deal with all kinds of dental issues; however, his expertise does not limit to only teeth but may also cure other issues related to the mouth such as sore mouth, swollen gums etc.

It is widely believed that visiting a dentist more often for a routine check up is always better than visiting him for any dental issue. Though the fees charged by dentists are high there are some dental care services that may charge you nominal fee and help in getting treated at a low cost.

For those people who find it difficult to pay for their dental checkups, there are dental care organizations where cheap or free of cost dental checkups are done.. Even universities have offers for the poor to take care of their dental issues at a low price or for free. Often projects and camps are conducted by students who are doing the studies of dentistry to offer free or reasonable aid to people suffering from dental problems but can not afford dental care.

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Those people who cannot afford regular dental checkup due to unfavorable financial conditions, it is suggested to opt for dental discount plans. Such plans may be available with most of the dentists. You may receive your membership card which you need to show to your dentist whenever you visit him.

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