Posts for: April, 2014

April 23, 2014
Category: General Dentistry
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Schenectady dental sedationDoes your stomach flip whenever you realize a dental appointment is coming up? No matter your level of dental anxiety, there are ways to alleviate its effects on your dental attitude. Daily life is stressful enough without the thought of dental treatment heightening your nerves. With the aid of dental anesthesia, dental sedation, research, and dentist-patient communication, you can feel entirely at ease in the dental chair. Sound too good to be true? Read on for some tips.

Choosing Dental Sedation in Schenectady

Understanding sedation will help you gain awareness of why it’s so effective, and whether it’s the right choice. Let’s start with the basics: sedation vs. anesthesia. It’s likely that you’ve received dental anesthesia in the past, even if you’ve never had sedation. Anesthesia is administered to every patient who has the chance of experiencing discomfort during treatment. It blocks nerve communication to completely numb the treatment site (the teeth and gums that could feel twinges during treatment).

Dental sedation doesn’t numb you, and actually isn’t a painkiller at all. What sedation concerns itself with is your state of anxiety. Sedatives act as calming sources that slow your responses slightly, and ease your nerves. If you receive sedation for a potentially uncomfortable procedure, we will likely still administer local anesthesia to make sure that you don’t experience any pain.

Sedation and anesthesia offered at Dr. Robert Scotto’s office include:

  • Nitrous oxide (sedation) – Nitrous oxide is a gas that patients inhale for the duration of treatment. Nitrous causes a euphoric effect, and leaves patients completely relaxed in the dental chair. It is easily controlled, and the effects will wear off soon after the appointment. When receiving sedation, it’s necessary that you arrange transportation to and from the office, as it won’t be safe for you to drive. Let us know prior to your procedure if you’re interested in nitrous.
  • Oral conscious sedation - This anti-anxiety medication is taken in the form of a pill. It is usually Valium or a similar medication, and is prescribed prior to your appointment. You'll take it 1-2 hours before treatment so that you're relaxed by the time you're in the office.
  • Topical anesthesia – This is a mild numbing agent that is applied directly to your skin. Topical anesthesia is often used at the location where shots of local anesthesia will be injected, so that you don’t feel those pinches.
  • Local anesthesia – This type of anesthesia is delivered as injections. Dr. Scotto will place them at the most effective and appropriate spots to numb the necessary teeth and gums. Once you have received proper anesthesia, you won’t feel anything during treatment. Your mouth will remain numb for a brief period post-treatment; be careful eating and drinking so that you don’t bite your tongue or cheeks.

Schenectady sedation dentistLearning About Your Dental Treatment to Feel Comfortable in the Dental Chair

Being prepared extends to every area of life – even dental care. By researching your upcoming procedure before the big day, you’ll be ready for what comes. The unknown is often scarier than reality, and you may be surprised by the simplicity of the treatment once you learn more. The American Dental Association and Colgate have patient resource pages that detail steps of common treatments. Peruse these sites to learn more about what’s facing you.

Voicing Your Concerns to Ease Dental Anxiety

A source of information that’s even richer than the Internet is your dentist himself. If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Robert Scotto and our staff will be happy to listen. We value our patient relationships, and hope to play a role in helping you feel safe, comfortable, and calm in the dental chair. We’ll be able to discuss the specific steps of treatment, and will help you follow along so that you’re aware of what’s happening. This helps patients see dental treatment for what it is, rather than mentally inflating it to create something overwhelming or scary.

Just get in touch with any questions!

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April 09, 2014
Category: Dental Tips
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Schenectady general dentistTaking care of your oral hygiene isn’t always the most exciting part of the day. Make your brushing and flossing count in order to finish them as quickly and efficiently as possible – and see a cavity-free mouth at your next dental appointment. Even if you’re cleaning your teeth as often as recommended, your techniques may be a little bit off. We’ve compiled a list of common brushing and flossing methods to try (and to avoid) to help your daily teeth cleaning make a big difference.

10 Pieces of Dental Hygiene Advice

Chances are, your oral hygiene could benefit from one or more of these tips. Which ones are you already trying? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Use fluoridated products – Some toothpastes and mouthwashes contain fluoride. This is great for many patients; primarily, those who have problems with frequent decay. Fluoride remineralizes enamel to protect the tooth and reduce sensitivity. Ask Dr. Scotto for fluoridated product recommendations.
  2. Incorporate a mouthwash – We know - this tip isn't about brushing or flossing. But mouthwash helps give your regular oral hygiene a boost. Mouthwash accesses areas of your mouth that toothpaste and floss can’t quite reach. It’s especially wise to use a rinse if you’ve struggled with gingivitis or periodontal disease. There are several different types of mouthwash, including antiseptic, fluoride, and combination.
  3. Use fresh floss for each tooth – Some patients make the mistake of using the same section of floss for their entire mouth. This can spread bacteria and plaque from one area of your smile to another. It’s easily avoided: use a long strand of floss, and unroll more as is necessary, unwrapping the floss from around your finger.
  4. Schenectady general dentistUse the right products – We’re using “right” as a purposefully vague term, because there’s no universal answer. What is “right” is different for every patient. The floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash that are best for you are the ones in line with your personal preferences and needs. Find the flavors, brands, and product types that you feel comfortable with.
  5. Wait 30 minutes to brush after acidic foods/drinks – Right after you eat or drink something highly acidic or very sugary, your enamel is softened and prone to damage (even by a toothbrush). It is important to brush afterwards, but a good idea to wait about 30 minutes before doing so.
  6. Brush at different angles – Some patients brush their teeth as quickly as possible, and forget to angle their brushes to reach every tooth surface. Read up on proper brushing technique to make sure yours is effective.
  7. Cup each tooth when flossing – It’s harder to floss correctly than it is to brush, and your flossing could benefit from a refresher on flossing guidelines. Make sure to cup each tooth and slide your floss up and down against the gum line.
  8. Create a flossing reminder – Find yourself forgetting to floss? Set a phone alarm, put a note on your mirror, or coordinate your flossing with a family member’s.
  9. Find a flossing aid – If flossing is uncomfortable or difficult for you to perform (for coordination reasons), look into a waterpik or a floss holder.
  10. Ask your dentist for personalized tips – Dr. Scotto knows your mouth inside and out, and can offer the best possible advice, tailored to your own needs. Feel free to ask any questions you may have at your next exam.

In Schenectady? Schedule Your Next Dental Exam

It’s never too early to get your next appointment on the books. We’ll give you a reminder when the day rolls around. Contact us today to put it in place!

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Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305




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