Archive for January, 2013

Child Sedation

The American Dental Association offers the following questions that parents and guardians should ask concerning in office sedation or general anesthesia for their children.

***Who will provide the preoperative evaluation of the child including their past medical history such as allergies, current prescription medications, and previous illnesses?

***What is the recommended time the child should be without food or drink prior to the procedure?

***Will any sedation medication be given to your child at home prior to their coming to the office and, if so, how should they be monitored?

These are important questions to ask prior to your child’s procedure.  After the procedure make sure to follow all instructions given to you by your doctor, and be sure to have emergency contact information if there are any concerns or complications after returning home


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The Link Between Medications & Cavities

You may wonder why you’re suddenly getting cavities when you haven’t had them in years. As we get older, we enter a second round of cavity prone years. One common cause of cavities in older adults is dry mouth. Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. However, it is a side effect in more than 500 medications, including those for allergies or asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain, anxiety or depression. This is just one reason why it’s so important to tell your dentist about any medications that you’re taking. Your dentist can make recommendations to help relieve your dry mouth symptoms and prevent cavities. Here are some recommendations:
• Use over the counter oral moisturizers
• Drink more water
• Avoid foods and beverages that irritate dry mouths and
• Consider a fluoride gel or varnish to protect your teeth from cavities.
If you have any questions about your medications and your dental care, consult your dentist.


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