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Conscious Sedation Dentistry in Greensboro

Conscious Sedation Dentistry in Greensboro, North Carolina

Achieving the smile of your dreams can be challenging. Despite your best efforts, you may still be dealing with discolored, misaligned, teeth that require corrective treatment. For many patients, this problem is made worse by having a garden-variety fear of the dentist. If you have noticed that your teeth seem loose or discolored, or have anxiety about seeking treatment, then sedation dentistry from Graham E. Farless, DDS may be your best chance to finally look as good as you feel.

Dr. Farless of Your Greensboro Dentist in Greensboro, North Carolina one of the leading dental sedation authorities in the Greensboro area.

Dental Sedation

Dental sedation permits your dentist to deliver an assortment of oral health treatments to patients who are nervous during regular trips to their dentist. There are numerous advantages to dental sedation, such as …

  • Having no memory of the procedure
  • Not being able to remember smell or sounds of the treatment
  • Anxiety Management

Do I need to be unconscious?

At Your Greensboro Dentist, there is no reason to anxious about receiving sedation. Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and we are real sticklers for rules, as well as your comfort and health. If you are concerned about sedation, there are several different levels of treatment that we can offer … mild, moderate, or deep sedation. Most options do not even require you to be unconscious.

Mild Sedation (AKA Anxiolysis):

Anxiolysis is the lightest method of sedation and is most typically offered to patients with anxiety or lengthier – more invasive –  treatments. Anxiolysis is generally given orally. You will be conscious (yet lethargic) during the treatment, and not require any respiratory assistance. People usually “come out” of mild sedation in a few hours after the treatment. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is an alternative method of mild-moderate that was once very popular, however has recently become outdated.

Moderate Sedation:

Also employed to help manage moderate anxiety or assist with more complicated procedures, conscious sedation will often use light IV sedation. However, even with IV sedation, you will stay conscious during the treatment. We recommend that patients who receive IV sedation bring someone to accompany them to their appointment –  as we will not permit you to drive immediately after the procedure.

Deep Sedation:

When deep sedation is administered, you will rotate between being consciousness or unconsciousness during the treatment. During this time, you will be unable to respond to questions, and have no memory of the procedure after it is finished. We recommend having a spouse, parent, or friend escort you to your appointment, since the after-effects of sedation can make it dangerous for you to drive.

How are dental sedatives administered?

Sedation and/or anesthesia comes in many forms. The most popular delivery methods are …

Orally (Pill):

Oral sedation is easily the most preferred method by dentists. It does not require needles, gas, and makes for a more comfortable experience by the patient. You will simply take a prescribed medication one hour before your appointment and by totally relaxed for your procedure.

Inhaled (Gas/Nitrous):

Nitrous oxide (AKA laughing gas) is the most commonly administered way for your dentist to ease mild to high levels of anxiety. This method is one of the easiest for patients to “shake off” after the procedure is finished.

Intravenous (IV):

Your dentist will gently administer IV sedation to allow for a greater state of relaxation. This method will render your completely unconscious, with no memory of the treatment. This extra relaxation will allow your doctor to complete many complex procedures in as little as one visit!

Your Greensboro Dentist

Contact Your Greensboro dentist today by calling (336) 282-2868 or going to GSODentist.com and scheduling a consultation. Our staff will assist you in learning more about dental sedation and help you to discover which method is right for you.

Modern Sedation Dentistry – What to Expect

What are your options when it comes to modern sedation dentistry? Let’s take a look at the current state of dental sedation and get your questions answered.

Managing anxiety and sensitivity

Picture experiencing a complicated dental procedure like an extraction, root canal, or – the dreaded – oral surgery … When the procedure is finished, you usually can’t remember the noise, pain, or time that it took. That is the power of sedation dentistry – and it is a gift we offer to all of our patients who need invasive dental work. Sedation dentistry, courtesy of Your Greensboro Dentist, is the safe, comfortable, and effective alternative that most people crave. Patients who typically benefit the most from dental sedation …

  • Are anxious at the dentist
  • Have difficulty sitting through prolonged treatments
  • Have a large tolerance to more localized anesthetics

Sedation Dentistry

Dental sedation permits your dentist to deliver an assortment of oral health treatments to patients who are nervous during regular trips to their dentist. There are numerous advantages to dental sedation, such as …

  • Not remembering the procedure
  • Not being able to register smell or sounds of the treatment
  • Managing anxiety

I’m worried about being “knocked out”, are there lighter levels of sedation?

At Graham E. Farless, DDS, there is no reason to anxious about receiving sedation. Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and we are real sticklers for rules, as well as your comfort and health. If you are concerned about sedation, there are several different levels of treatment that we can offer … mild, moderate, or deep sedation.

Mild Sedation (AKA Anxiolysis):

Anxiolysis is the lightest method of sedation and is most typically offered to patients with anxiety or lengthier – more invasive –  treatments. Anxiolysis is generally given orally. You will be conscious (yet lethargic) during the treatment, and not require any respiratory assistance. People usually “come out” of mild sedation in a few hours after the treatment. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is an alternative method of mild-moderate that was once very popular, however has recently become outdated.

Moderate Sedation:

Also employed to help manage moderate anxiety or assist with more complicated procedures, conscious sedation will often use light IV sedation. However, even with IV sedation, you will stay conscious during the treatment. We recommend that patients who receive IV sedation bring someone to accompany them to their appointment –  as we will not permit you to drive immediately after the procedure.

Deep Sedation:

When deep sedation is administered, you will rotate between being consciousness or unconsciousness during the treatment. During this time, you will be unable to respond to questions, and have no memory of the procedure after it is finished. We recommend having a spouse, parent, or friend escort you to your appointment, since the after-effects of sedation can make it dangerous for you to drive.

How are dental sedatives (or anesthetics) given?

Sedation and/or anesthesia comes in many forms. The most popular delivery methods are …

Oral:

Oral sedation is easily the most preferred method by dentists. It does not require needles, gas, and makes for a more comfortable experience by the patient. You will simply take a prescribed medication one hour before your appointment and by totally relaxed for your procedure.

Inhalation (Nitrous):

Nitrous oxide (AKA laughing gas) is the most commonly administered way for your dentist to ease mild to high levels of anxiety. This method is one of the easiest for patients to “shake off” after the procedure is finished.

Intravenous (IV):

Your dentist will gently administer IV sedation to allow for a greater state of relaxation. This method will render your completely unconscious, with no memory of the treatment. This extra relaxation will allow your doctor to complete many complex procedures in as little as one visit!

Your Greensboro Dentist

Contact Your Greensboro dentist today by calling (336) 282-2868 or going to GSODentist.com and scheduling a consultation. Our staff will assist you in learning more about dental sedation and help you to discover which method is right for you.

Dental Crowns vs Veneers: Costs and Procedures

We often get questions about dental crowns vs veneers. What is the difference? Is one better than the other? Let’s take a close look that the differences between veneers and crowns so that you have a full understanding of your options.

Keeping you smiling for years to come

Getting the smile of your dreams can be difficult. Despite some peoples best oral hygiene habits, some of us think that we are doomed to a life full of discolored, unhealthy-looking, teeth. If you have noticed that your teeth seem loose or discolored, then getting a crown from Graham E. Farless, DDS may be your best chance to finally look as good as you feel.

Dr. Farless of Your Greensboro Dentist in Greensboro, North Carolina is the premier dental crown and bridge specialist in the Greensboro area. Utilizing the most advanced technology and techniques, Dr. Farless offers patients the smile they deserve, for a price that they can smile at. To schedule an appointment immediately, please visit our website GSODentist.com.

Hate dentures? No problem!

A lot of people believe that when their teeth begin to become discolored or feel loose, dentures are the only option that is available to them. Yet, with the help of the Your Greensboro Dentist staff, you may have more attractive options available to you that you don’t even know about. For example, dental veneers or crowns …

Compared to dentures, veneers are seen as the more stable answer to loose/discolored teeth. Dental veneers (often described as “near-permanent”) – lasting longer than most other options, are more maintenance-free, and do not need to be removed every night. They also fit your mouth more comfortably and look more natural. With these combination of perks, it’s no surprise why crowns and veneers are some of the most in-demand dental treatments for patients across North Carolina!

What are Veneers?

In brief, dental veneers are seen as a semi-permanent solution to many dental concerns. The procedure involves attaching a customized façade securely to your existing teeth, thereby filling in the gaps in your smile, correcting any discoloration, and leaving the teeth with a unified glistening-white appearance. This façade is wafer thin, and should be indistinguishable from natural, healthy looking teeth by the end of treatment.

After receiving your veneers, your teeth will still function normally, and usually require very little additional maintenance. In many cases veneers can last decades with little-to-no specialized assistance.

What’s involved in getting dental veneers?

The installation of dental veneers is a complex procedure that should only be done by a licensed and skilled dentist. Given the surge of interest in dental veneers in particular, you can now find a general dentist to perform the treatment; for example, Dr. Graham Farless of GSODentist.com in Greensboro, NC.

As far as “what’s involved” goes, the process is fairly routine … First, your dentist will remove about .5 mm of the tooth’s enamel. Once the enamel is removed, an impression (a life-like model) of your mouth will be taken and sent to a specialized lab where your veneer will be crafted. Many dentists may even give you temporary veneers to wear while you wait for the laboratory to finish your custom veneers (1-2 weeks). If you are interested in a “test-drive” for your new veneer, you should contact our office ASAP to discuss your options.

After your dental veneers are completed, your dentist will prepare your teeth (polishing and etching) to ensure a strong bond. Then, light activated medical-grade cement is applied to the appliance – which is then placed over the teeth. When the veneer is securely placed, your dentist will connect the appliance to your teeth using a beam of light. After making some minor alterations to guarantee a comfortable fit, your smile should be ready.

However, if you only need to replace one tooth, dental crowns may be an even more appealing option for you …

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a specially-made covering for a weakened or damaged tooth. They are crafted using an assortment of materials, such as: ceramics, porcelain, and in some cases, steel. The dental “sleeve” covers the distressed region of your teeth, reinforcing them and leaving you with a full, straight, glowing row of pearly-whites.

How do you get a dental crown?

Receiving a crown is a gentle and quick process at Your Greensboro Dentist – we can even complete your smile makeover over the course of one (two maximum) visits! To start, Dr. Farless will first shape your tooth so it is secure enough to receive the appliance. After the “problem tooth” is suitably prepared, a member of our staff will take an impression of the tooth, as well as the ones surrounding it. A dental lab will use your impression in order to craft your permanent, custom, crown. When the final product is ready, Dr. Farless will secure the appliance to the original tooth using a special dental adhesive.

What are the risks if I wait to receive a crown?

There are risks involved in hesitating to receive any type of medical treatment, and it is no different in in receiving a dental crown. In fact, when you are dealing with discolored, loose or even missing, teeth there can be possibly more serious issues emerging – and these are just the early warning signs. What could start from with oral health concerns, can quickly escalate into the development of more frightening conditions, like:

  • Malnutrition
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney and/or Liver Disease
  • Certain types of Cancer
  • Painful Inflammation through the entire body
  • Increased risk of Stroke or Heart Attack

It is of the utmost importance that you tackle any medical problem as soon as you notice that something is wrong.

What are the costs for dental crowns and veneers?

Every case is different and every mouth is different.  The cost of veneers and dental crowns depends on the amount of treatment needed for each case. We always base your treatment on what is best for your oral health and not based on the cost of the procedure. Financing options are available to allow you to get the dental treatment you need.

Are you ready?

Your journey for the perfect smile begins today! Our skilled team of dental professionals will help you to schedule a no-pressure consultation with Graham E. Farless, DDS. During a relaxed conversation, Dr. Farless will design the smile of your dreams, and help you bring it to life!

What are you waiting for?

Removable Partial Dentures: Costs, Types, & Benefits

There are so many questions about removable partial dentures that it made sense to cover the important benefits, options, and costs associated with this type of procedure.

A partial denture is a removable oral prosthesis that is used to replace missing teeth by attaching to the healthy teeth that surround the gap in your smile. Most modern partial dentures are comprised of a metal framework with acrylic faux-teeth, however there are several options available depending on the unique needs of the patient. For instance, newer materials currently being used allow for “metal free” partial dentures.

“Partials” are used to replace missing teeth in both the upper and lower jaw and are some of the most commonly requested dental procedures – due to their ease of installation and use.  Also, dentures are typically less expensive than other treatments designed to fill in a gapped smile – such as implants or dental bridges. 

Benefits

  • Removable partial dentures are seen as a less invasive option than bridges or dental implants, which often require minor oral surgery and multiple trips to your doctor.
  • Partials are easy to manipulate by your doctor, so if you need even more teeth replaced after receiving your first denture, the dentist can make the appropriate alterations relatively easily.
  • They make it more comfortable to chew food, talk, and give you the confidence to smile again!
  • Dentures protect your gums and prevent your teeth from drifting, which helps to the overall health of your mouth because missing teeth are a breeding ground of bacteria.
  • You can receive a partial denture to replace a few missing teeth, or full dentures to replace an entire row.
  • They are removable and easy to clean. 

Types

Metal Framework:

Metal framework partial dentures use metallic fasteners to attach onto your remaining teeth, keeping the prosthesis secure, and you more confident. Slight movement is expected with these dentures, however check with your doctor when you notice any wiggling. Excessive movement can cause the development of sores and the accumulation of oral bacteria.

Acrylic:

Some partial dentures are made almost entirely of acrylic, which are reportedly more comfortable and natural looking. Yet, like metal dentures, acrylic dentures attach to you remaining natural teeth using metal wires. Acrylic dentures are typically seen as a “cost-effective alternative” to most metal-based dentures. They can also be used as transitional prosthesis, especially if you are expecting to have further corrective treatments in the future, like implants.

However, many dentists are now offering “flexible dentures”, which are seen as a good balance between the benefits of metal or acrylic dentures.

Cost

With prices that range everywhere from $150 – $2,000 for a single partial denture, the cost of replacing your missing teeth can be all over the place. Also, it should be noted that if other dental procedures are required – like an extraction or recontouring – additional costs may apply. However, the price you pay for your dentures depends on the amount of work needed and the materials you choose for the prosthesis. We recommend consulting with your dentist to get an accurate estimate of how much your treatment will cost.

Should I Get Partial Dentures?

Missing a tooth is no laughing matter. When you lose a tooth, the teeth closest may become tilted, or even drift, along the jawbone. This movement can affect your bite, place more stress on your jaw, possibly causing bacteria to grow (which will exacerbate any other oral issue you may be facing) as well as an uncomfortable bite.

In fact, when you are missing a tooth, the jawbone may even shrink, which can cause distortions to your cheeks, jawbone, and the appearance of your face in general.

If you are missing one (or several) teeth, it is important to act as quickly as possible before more damage occurs. Contact Dr. Farless, your Greensboro dentist, today to schedule a pressure-free consultation about your missing teeth.

Implant Supported Overdenture Procedure Costs and What to Expect

Today we are going to talk about implant supported overdenture procedure costs (that’s a mouthful) and what to expect during the procedure.

It’s 2018 and people are beginning to out-live the health of their smile. Due to the rigors of the natural aging process – as we become older – our teeth begin to yellow, loosen, and sometimes fall out entirely! For centuries, this was accepted merely as an unfortunate side-effect of hitting your “golden years”, but with advances in dental science you no longer need to sacrifice your beauty as you mature. Permanent dental implants are one of the most well-liked treatments in dental medicine for this exact reason. They need less upkeep, look more attractive, and will last a lifetime with the appropriate care … But how?

The answer lies on the dental apparatus your doctor places over your dental implants – overdentures. But first …

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants (referred to as endosseous fixtures by your doctor) are used to support all sorts of dental appliances, like overdentures. They are typically comprised of materials like Titanium which fully bond with your jawbone thus becoming a “natural” part of your body.

Implants are fixed into your jaw bone surgically, so they retain a secure bonding-point. This safeguards them from moving around in your mouth. The procedure is designed to be gentle and quick because:

  1. There aren’t any nerves in the jaw bone
  2. they can be crafted and finished in a single visit to your dentist

These factors help to increases the procedures success-rates, which are already much higher than many other comparable treatments.

When completed, your dental implants will feel and look like your original teeth and only require the most basic of maintenance. Clean them the same as your natural teeth, keep your dentist appointments every 3-6 months, and your implants can last +15 years!

What are overdentures?

Overdentures are “replacement teeth” which are held by the anchor points provided by your dental implants. Overdentures aid – both – partial and full mouth dental implants, aiding your oral health which may have been on the decline since your teeth have become loose/missing.

Benefits of overdentures

1. Helps to fight aging:

With time, having loose or missing teeth causes the distance between your chin and nose to shrink – this is a normal part of the aging process, commonly referred to as resorption. Resorption can make your face seem sunken and “tired looking”.

2. Your jaw-line:

Overdentures help the overall bone health of your jaw. This stimulation even helps to slow the “shrinkage” side-effect of the aging process, which can the appearance of loose skin and wrinkles on the face.

3. Digestion:

Overdentures use dental implants to stay rooted in the jaw, rather than adhesives, so they are inherently more secure. This increased stability allows you to better chew food – assisting your stomach in digesting food more efficiently and absorbing more nutrition.

4. Comfort:

When your overdenture is properly secured using dental implants, it will fit and feel like your natural teeth. This reduces unnecessary movement during chewing or talking., resulting in fewer (or no) sores or unintentional dislodgement.

What is the cost of overdentures?

The cost of overdentures varies from case to case.  Also, it should be noted that if other dental procedures are required then additional costs may apply. The price you pay for your overdentures depends on the amount of work needed and the materials chosen. We recommend consulting with your dentist to get an accurate estimate of how much your treatment will cost.

Should I get overdentures?

Are you missing any teeth?

Are you sick of loose dentures moving in your mouth, making you sore or uncomfortable?

If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, then overdentures may be right for you. Only your dentist is truly qualified to give you a definitive answer though … So, if you would like to learn about the long-lasting health options that are available to you, visit GSODentist.com today.

Conveniently located in Greensboro, North Carolina, Graham E. Farless DDS and his team are the best choice for dental care in the Greensboro area. Dr. Farless and his skilled team are your local leaders in oral health; no matter if your needs are cosmetic or, more general, dentistry … We are ready to see you!

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