BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS
The American Heart Association recently updated their guidelines for preventing, detecting and managing high blood pressure. Because most people visit their dentist more regularly than their physician, the AHA highly encourages dental professionals to screen all patients. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke-as is gum disease. Some dental treatment must also be postponed if your blood pressure is too high. This screening is complementary to all of our patients!
A dental sealant is a thin material painted on the depressions and grooves of the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. Sealants are typically placed when the permanent molars first erupt (6 and 12 years old), but can also be placed on unprotected teeth on adults.
Also known as "laughing gas," nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. It can help make you more comfortable during certain procedures and is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable and the effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
Source: American Dental Association