Why Choose Oral Conscious Sedation vs. Nitrous (Laughing Gas)
After one of my patients had their dental procedures completed with Dr. Friedman at MOD Squad Dental under oral conscious sedation, he asked me to write an article to educate others as himself about oral conscious sedation vs. the popular offered Nitrous (Laughing Gas). Lets just say he brought me flowers the next day after conscious sedation & stated on Nitrous at his previous dentist, he felt like he wanted to hide in a corner and very out of control.
It is proven that 92% of dental patients have some form of dental fear or anxiety. This may be a fear of needles, claustrophobia, anxiety of the unknown, previously had to get several injections to get “numb” or the fact that they had a bad past experience and have no idea of the constant changing of dentistry procedures & techniques because of never returning to the dentist.
Oral Conscious Sedation
According to the DOCS, (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation), only 1% of the dentists in the country are actually qualified in this type of conscious sedation dentistry. Oral conscious sedation is a cocktail of medications that are made into a fine powder & placed underneath the patients tongue. The patient is then asked to relax for 40-50 mins in our sedation suite. A warm blanket, cool eye cover, massage chair & noise cancellation headset create a relaxed & comfortable environment. The great pro of oral conscious sedation is the patient is able to respond to Dr. Friedman requests; open, close, or relax & then return to their sedated comfortable state.
Major benefits of oral conscious sedation;
- It enhances effectiveness of anesthetic.
- No needles.
- Safe; It is considered safer than IV sedation & general anesthesia, with low incidence & severity of adverse reactions
- It decreases gagging.
- It decreases joint and muscle soreness.
- Low cost; MOD Squad Dental & Dr. Greg Friedman offer Oral Conscious Sedation for their patients complimentary with any dental treatment. Dr. Friedman is more concerned about patient comfort vs. “padding your bill.”
- Allows more treatment to be provided in less visits and less time in the chair.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
- Unable to be given gas for an extended period of time compared to oral conscious sedation for long dental visits.
- Harder to control the “comfort zone” for patients to feel relaxed vs. “out of control.”
- Because of the nose being covered, patients who have difficulty breathing through their nose are unable to utilize nitrous oxide.
- If a patient tends to be claustrophobic, the covering of the nose tends to increase this feeling/fear.
- Side Effects may include; increased anxiety, severe nausea, even neurologic problems; Mental confusion is a Nitrous Oxide side effect that is almost never mentioned, yet it happens with more frequency than many would like to admit. This mental confusion occurs as a result of the nitrous oxide causing Vitamin B12 Malabsorption by depleting the Vitamin B12 stored in the body. While most people have plenty of vitamin b12 stored in their liver, those who are at high risk for vitamin b12 deficiency:
- The elderly
- Vegetarians and Vegans
- People with Pernicious Anemia
If you want more information about oral conscious sedation, phone Jess today at 858-547-0070 to discuss your sedation options.
Think all dentist are the same?
Here at MOD Squad Dental we pride ourselves on always offering the latest technology, equipment, and dental materials. This creates the most comfortable environment and dental procedures our patients know they can count on to be top notch.
I came across this photo of two root canals. The fills (white lines) should run down the tooth root…not out the side of it. You may also see the white line about 2 inches on the tooth to the right. This is a root canal file that has been broken off and left in the bone surrounding this tooth.
We know as dental professionals, 90% of the population do not like visiting the dentist. This is the reason we are determined to change the minds of our patients one visit at a time.
My reason for this post…..We referred a patient to our Endodontist (root canal specialist) for a root canal. I was then asked by his wife why did we refer to a practice that was not “in-network” with their dental insurance. Simple….Or first priority is the patient…We refer to the Endodontist based on that particular doctors expertise, and continued excellent reports of their five star customer service not based on who your insurance may or may not cover.
If you have been told you need some major dental treatment…do your research. It will benefit you in the long run.
Only you & Dr. Friedman will know your in braces…
This patient wanted a straighter, wider smile. As a busy mom & business women she & Dr. Friedman agreed upon Invisalign. Invisalign straightens the teeth with a series of clear aligners worn 24/7. This treatment enables the patient to brush and floss normally and also gives them the freedom of not wearing wires & brackets.
If you are interested in the many options of Invisalign for adults & now teen Invisalign, phone Jess today for your complimentary digital 3-D scan to see if Invisalign is an option for you.
TMJ Pain Correction Story & Our Featured Smile of the Week…
TMJ is the Temporomandibular Joint and often the root of pain for lots of patients. This pain can range form minor popping & clicking of the jaw, to severe pain such as facial soreness, full feeling in the ears, ringing in the ears or even daily migraine headaches.
This particular patient is not the typical TMJ age of 28-45 but only 17. We started TMJ treatment on her about a year and a half ago. She came to MOD Squad complaining of all the severe symptoms mentioned above. As you can see from her before and after photos, her bite was not correctly aligned causing her lower jaw to be canted back into her ear canal causing all of her pain. Her first step in treatment was to place a corrective TMJ orthopedic splint. She wore the splint 24/7 with weekly adjustments. Her pain was quickly alleviated by the splint. Once the patient was pain free and stable for 3 months in this bite position, Dr. Friedman placed her in traditional braces to move her teeth permanently to where the splint was holding her correct bite position. She is now pain free and actually represents that smile on her face both inside and out.
If you or someone you know suffers for TMJ pain, phone Jess today 858-547-0070 for your complimentary consultation.
Shoes are Different Sizes for a Reason…..Update
We saw this gem of a patient again today. We could not wait until the end of her dental journey to post some pictures of her treatment…above is her before treatment photo along with her temporary restorations on the upper 10 teeth. She will be seeing our oral surgeon for placement of 3 implants and then back to Dr. Friedman to place all of her final porcelain restorations.
If you read the beginning of her story, you are aware that this patient was told she needed to have all of her teeth extracted (23 teeth), and dentures placed because of severe decay and bone loss. Her daughter encouraged her to see Dr. Friedman for a second opinion. To make an almost sad story, happy, Dr. Friedman only recommended 3 teeth be extracted and replaced with 3 dental implants, upper and lower porcelain restorations consisting of porcelain crowns and veneers.
As you can clearly see from this beautiful smile, she is over the moon with her results so far and look forward to the end of these procedures and enjoying the quality of life she so deserves.
If you are interested in this or any cosmetic dental procedure and would like an educated opinion of your options, phone Jess today 858-547-0070 to reserve an appointment.
Although the thought of having root canal therapy may not be pleasant, the truth of the matter is having a root canal isn’t bad. In fact, if you’re having one of the most common symptoms of an infected tooth—pain—then a root canal can be a welcome relief. And with modern anesthesia and dental technologies, you won’t feel any pain during a procedure designed to leave you pain-free. Dr. Greg Friedman and his staff at MOD Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, are well-practiced in performing gentle root canal therapy so you can save your tooth and your smile.
To understand what a root canal is, let’s first examine the structure of a tooth. The outer layer is called enamel and is the hard, protective shell of each tooth. Next is the dentin, a softer and more sensitive layer. At the core of each tooth is the dental pulp, or soft pulp, where there are nerve and lymph tissues as well as blood vessels. If this soft pulp becomes infected because of severe decay or traumatic injury, then the tooth begins to die. Aside from pain, the symptoms of an infected tooth include a newly discolored tooth, gum and facial swelling, and obvious signs of infection on an x-ray.
Root Canal Therapy at MOD Squad Dental
When you come to MOD Squad Dental for root canal therapy, Dr. Friedman will first make sure you are completely comfortable. There’s no need to be nervous, but if you are, please don’t hesitate to ask about sedation dentistry. The procedure begins with Dr. Friedman accessing the tooth’s dental pulp and removing all signs of infection and any accompanying debris from the pulp chamber as well as the associated root canals. This space is then filled with a biocompatible anti-bacterial material and the tooth is sealed. Dr. Friedman will likely want to protect the tooth with a crown, which will be permanently placed a few weeks after your root canal. In the meantime, you’ll wear a temporary crown.
Call Our Office Today 858-547-0070
If you suspect that you might have a tooth in need of root canal therapy, then call the office of MOD Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. We also serve patients from the surrounding communities of Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.
Shoes are Different Sizes for a Reason… Worth the read…
We were thrilled to work on this little gem last week. Revisit our blog later in the week for her after photos.
More importantly, this patient and daughter wanted me to share her story so others can learn from her almost huge mistake. This patient visited her regular dentist of many years and was told that she needed the latest dental treatment often referred to as “All on Four”. This procedure involves extracting all existing teeth including roots and placing 4 implants on the upper arch and 4 implants on the lower arch with both an upper and lower snap on denture. As she sat there in tears contemplating how she was going to refinance her home to be able to afford the 40,000 quoted of “needed” treatment, she phoned her daughter with the news.
Her daughter, our existing patient, recommended seeing Dr. Friedman for a second opinion.
As you may guess, after reviewing her xrays, Dr. Friedman did recommend some extractions for decay. But Dr. Friedman recommended 3 extractions vs. the 23 she was previously quoted, some porcelain restorations consisting of crowns and veneers but most importantly….she was keeping 20 of her original teeth giving her the best quality of life.
The entire office was moved by her procedure and we can not wait to share the remaining of her dental journey with MOD Squad and Dr. Friedman.
If you or someone you may know is about to invest in dental treatment and would like a complimentary second opinion, phone Jess today 858-547-0070 to reserve an appointment.
Smile! You’re on candid camera! Ok, well not really, but if you were, would you smile for the camera or would you try to hide your smile? If you’re one of those smile hiders, then it’s time to do something about that so you can smile with confidence. Porcelain veneers conceal the smile you don’t want to show and reveal a new smile that you wouldn’t think of hiding. Dr. Greg Friedman and his team at MOD Squad Dental have created beautiful smiles for many people in and around San Diego, CA, and they can do the same for you.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, also called dental veneers, are made of micro-thin layers of dental porcelain or ceramic that are bonded to the facial surface of the teeth in your smile zone. As such, they cover a number of cosmetic smile flaws including teeth that are chipped or slightly cracked; stained or discolored teeth that have not responded to teeth whitening; somewhat crooked teeth; and teeth that have gaps in between them. In addition to covering damaged teeth, veneers also help protect those teeth from further damage.
Porcelain Veneers in San Diego, CA
Once you and Dr. Friedman determine that porcelain veneers are the best cosmetic dentistry option for you, you are on your way to a beautiful new smile. It usually only takes two visits to complete the process of having your veneers placed. At the first appointment, Dr. Friedman will take an impression of your teeth that our dental lab will use to fabricate veneers that are a perfect fit and match for you. Then, he will prep the teeth by removing a minimal amount of enamel, so your veneers will lay flush with the rest of your teeth. After this appointment, you’ll wear temporaries until your permanent veneers are ready. Then, you’ll return to MOD Squad Dental in a few weeks to have your permanent veneers bonded in to place. With your new smile, you’ll be looking for the camera!
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If you would like to learn more about how porcelain veneers can refresh your smile, then call MOD Squad Dental today and schedule a consultation. We serve patients in San Diego, CA, as well as the surrounding communities of Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.
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From tooth-colored fillings and root canal therapy to crown preparation and porcelain veneers, there are a number of dental procedures that require local anesthesia. There’s just no getting around it—you have to be numb to have that kind of work done. So, that’s the bad news. The good news, however, is that nowadays when the dentist says, “Okay, we’re going to numb you up now,” it doesn’t have to hurt. With the Wand, Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, administers anesthesia effectively and practically painlessly.
The Wand Computer Assisted Anesthesia System allows Dr. Friedman to comfortably inject the minimal amount of anesthesia necessary for a procedure. In this way, the collateral numbness that a patient often feels in the face, tongue and lips can sometimes by eliminated.
Why Does a Shot Hurt?
When you receive any kind of injection, it’s usually not the needle that causes the most pain. Rather, most of the discomfort is due to the pressure and volume of the fluid going into the tissue. The Wand has a microprocessor that automatically compensates for different tissue densities and regulates the delivery of the anesthesia at a level of pressure and volume that’s typically below the threshold of pain.
The computer also provides a flow of anesthetic before the injection. This numbs the site of where the needle will be inserted, so you hardly feel the needle at all. Then, the Wand delivers the anesthetic at a rate of flow that is best for a comfortable injection every time.
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Regardless of the kind of dental work you need—restorative or cosmetic—the Wand will make your procedure more comfortable. And not only will you be more comfortable during the appointment, just knowing your treatment will be pain free will decrease any anxiety you may have before you even arrive at our office. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. We also serve patients in Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.