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A New Painless Cavity Filler Technology Is Created

Thousands of people experience very strong dental phobias, and that is why they try to do everything possible to delay their visits to dentists. They hold on and try not to notice their toothache or other dental problems until it is too late. As a result – more pain, more expenses, and more dental phobias. That is why modern dental specialists are trying so hard to move on with their researches and investigations, and offer us more and more of effective dental technologies which would be painless and help us get rid of our dental phobias. An innovation called hi-tech ‘plasma brush’, or a new dental cavity drill, is one of those. This amazing device can help to drill a hole in a rotten tooth that needs a filling in just about 30 seconds. At that, the patient will not feel pain and no discomfort, just only only a slight cooling sensation.

plasma brushThis new dental technology uses special chemical compounds and processes which allow to disinfect the cavity before placing a filling, as well as forms a bond on the tooth in much more effectively than the present available dental technologies, meaning that the filling can last way longer.

This innovation was created by a group of specialists from the University of Missouri together with the experts from company Nanova. Though the trials are still on, all the involved specialists are convinced that this dental technology is going to be a breakthrough in modern dental practice. Qingsong Yu, one of the study leaders and dental researcher, comments on the findings and the opportunities to use this wonderful plasma brush as the following: ‘There have been no side effects reported during the lab trials, and we expect the human trials to help us improve the prototype.’

It is estimated that every three or four dental procedures in modern world require dental filling, and the factor as dental phobias play a serious role for making people avoid dental care procedures. This innovative dental technology provided the trial are successful could cause a real breakthrough and make dental care services be available for all of those people who suffer from dental phobias. It will allow drilling a rotten tooth without pain and dreadful feelings. If the tests and trials are successful and the technology is approved by the most of the world’s health organization, the innovative plasma brush will appear in the market and be available to the dentists at the end of the year of 2013.

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Sedation Dentistry, One More Solution For Dental Phobias

To continue discussing the previously mentioned issue related to increasing number of people who suffer from severe dental phobias, we’d like to talk about another very effective technique to calm down stresses and fears related to visiting a dentist. Many modern dental clinics and dental offices are offering their clients an interesting approach to treating those patients who fear of dentists: sedation dentistry.

sedation dentistryAs it becomes apparent from its name, sedation dentistry involves giving a certain sedative medication to a patient before starting actual dental treatment. Usually, a sedative is administered orally (as a pill) or intravenously. Specialists define two types of sedation dentistry techniques: conscious SD (when the patient remains awake and aware about what’s going on during the procedure) and unconscious (or sleep) SP (when the patient remains asleep during the procedure).

Actually, there are three levels or types of sedation dentistry. The first one embraces applying Nitrous Oxide, known also as ‘laughing gas’ which is believed to help patient feel more relax and establish a good connection and trust between the patient and the dental specialist. Oral conscious sedation is the second level. It involves giving the patient a special pill, which slows down metabolism of the patient and his responses slow down substantially. Oral conscious sedation
pill makes patients feel a little drowsy and considerably less sensitive to pain and discomfort linked to dental procedures.

Finally, the third type of sedation dentistry approach is called Intravenously Administered (IV) sedation. It mean using a small line in order to administer a medication and keep the patients, who have severe fears and cases of dental phobias, asleep during the whole period of the procedure. It is reported that all these three approaches work fine for the majority of the patients and can be used regardless of the type of dental procedure: a missing tooth replacement, tooth restoration, dental filling placing and so on. Ask for more information in your local dental clinics and dental offices.

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Dental Hypnosis Can Help Overcome Dental Phobias

Dental HypnosisLots of people are terrified only with one thought about visiting their dentists. Mostly, they are afraid of pains, numbness, swelling and other types of discomfort which come when anesthesia is gone, but many also shiver while hearing a sound of a dental drilling device. Also, it is especially hard for those patients who are allergic or can not tolerate anesthesia, and their dental phobias are really disturbing. That is why millions of people avoid visiting their dentists on a regular basis, making public dental care go worse and the number of dental problems increased.

Fortunately, German dentists found an interesting solution for reducing the occurrence and negative effects of dental phobias. The specialists at the German Society of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (DGH) offer modern dental clinics and dentists try using hypnosis to calm down fears and anxiety of their patients. According to the reviews of DGH specialists, this dental hypnosis can be effectively used to increase the quality of dental services as well, because in most situations dental specialist can feel patient’s anxiety and fears, therefore he or she gets tense and sometimes can’t do the job well. That is why dental hypnosis is beneficial for the dentist as well giving him better opportunity to focus.

Stephan Eitner, the President of the DGH says: “Concentration is the first thing we do. The dentist speaks with the patient in a way that diverts the patient’s thoughts from anxieties and focuses them inward, he said, comparing the mental state with “daydreaming“. Other German specialists, like Georg Duenzl, a board member of  the Milton Erickson Society for Clinical Hypnosis (MEG), find this approach very interesting and promising. However, everyone underlines that additional research is necessary to study possible reactions of the patients on the personal or environmental factors.  In particular, it is considered that dental hypnosis will not work for the patients with mental disorders, because their behavior under hypnosis is very hard to predict.

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