Greensboro sedation dentist uses patient’s vital signs and sedation dentistry to enhance dental treatment

If you have experienced a younger sibling’s death like I have you understand that there is no guarantee for quantity of life. When my sister died at age 22 from heart complications it created a deep psychic wound in our family’s belief system about age and dying. Many of us started to focus on the quality of our lives while relying on our beliefs for comfort about the after-life. Our office believes in using dentistry to enhance the overall health of the patient.

Your initial examination prior to comprehensive treatment planning involves measurements of your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels in the blood. If you are a candidate for IV sedation dentistry, we also do an EKG, and consult with your physician if our screening reveals areas of concern. Our IV sedation dentist is ACLS certified (Dr’s Credentials). Patients are referred to specialists (dental and or medical) if consultation is required to best serve the needs of the patients. A thorough evaluation of your medical history is possible with your help because one of the main reasons for a medical crisis in a dental office is unreported medical issues. For example, a patient who is a diabetic and did not indicate it on their medical history may become hypoglycemic and suffer injury because the diagnosis was not made promptly. Our fully equipped crash-cart is mobile and enables us to respond to most of the normal medical emergencies until the patient recovers or help arrives. You may read about Sedation Safety for our dental sedation patients using current technology. Diabetics and smokers sometimes show exaggerated symptoms of gums disease, and many patients have found out about their medical illnesses upon referral to physicians after a thorough dental examination.

Over 90 years ago the Mayo Clinic did a study on longevity and found out that those people who had the use of their natural teeth lived longer. Having their own natural teeth allowed them to get better nutrition than those without natural teeth. Dentists who have studied the efficiency of teeth found that people wearing dentures had about 30% masticatory function (ability to crush and chew food)  about 80-95% efficiency with their own teeth (Dr. Phillips and Phillips a father and son team from Brooklyn NY). Dental implants enhanced the function of a denture two fold or more. In recent times in the United States poverty, a bad economy, and poor health seems to go hand in hand.

The Monday, November 17, 2008 issue of the News and Record of Greensboro, North Carolina featured Huntington, W. VA.  Welcome to the nation’s fattest city (Obesity is not the only issue, and experts warn that other cities are moving in this direction). “Huntington’s economy has withered, its poverty rate is worse than the national average, and vagrants haunt a downtown riverfront park. But this city’s financial woes are not nearly as bad as its health.

Nearly half the adults in Huntington’s five-county metropolitan area are obese–an astounding percentage, far bigger than the national average in a country with a well-known weight problem.

Huntington leads in a half-dozen other illness measures, too, including heart disease and diabetes.It’s even tops in the percentage of elderly people who have lost all their teeth (half of them have).”

There is a high correlation with poor dental health and heart disease, stroke, respiratory illnesses, and even premature delivery and low birth weight in babies. A patient could even die from a tooth infection (Mouth Infections,Lack of dental care is expensive).

Give us a call and set up a consultation visit. 336-841-0000. We are a regional dental office serving the North Carolina Triad (Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem and Kernersville) as well as Southern Virginia (Danville, Meadows of Dan, Galax, and Martinsville) and Raleigh, Charlotte, & Western North Carolina.  Also If You live outside NC. Our Dental Practice tells you of our practice philosophy, while Contact Information and Directions enables you to find us.

 Health conditions important to dentistry

Prior to radiation and chemotherapy it is important to make sure your oral health is in the best shape possible. An excerpt from the book How to Overcome Fear of the Dentist by Bertrand Bonnick DDS MAGD AFAAID DDOCS illustrates this.

Chemotherapy can compromise your immune system to the point where your remaining white blood cells are not enough to keep the body from coming down with a general infection. The general guidelines that your dental team gives you for taking care of your teeth and gums should be emphasized more before the need for Chemotherapy arises.

 

Radiation works in many ways to compromise your body systems. The bones in the jaws are particularly susceptible to radiation because it compromises the blood flow in the bones. The salivary glands are adversely affected if they inadvertently or unavoidably become exposed to radiation. Dry mouth leads to multiple oral problems including increased cavities and gum ulcerations. The worse condition that can occur after radiation treatment is osteoradionecrosis. Osteoradionecrosis is the destruction of the bones that sometimes can happen after radiation treatment and can be exacerbated by ongoing oral infections. Hospital treating this condition sometime us the hyperbaric chamber with high concentration of oxygen under pressure along with medications over time to alleviate the condition. The remaining jawbone presents major problems for restoring teeth because of the structural compromises.

Hypertension, Heart conditions, Anemia, Asthma and other Respiratory diseases, Cancer, Diabetes, Seizures, Bleeding disorders, Hepatitis, Tobacco and alcohol habits, TB, Venereal disease, and Allergies. An updated list of medications (prescriptions and over the counter), vitamins and supplements including herbal and natural remedies helps the dentist with establishing the best way to treat you as an individual.

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