Posts for: April, 2019
Oral cancer is diagnosed in 53,000 people in the US a year. Oral cancer is easily treated if discovered in the early stages, but can seriously affect the quality of life and be deadly when discovered late. At Norfolk Family and Pediatric Dentistry, we will routinely screen for oral cancer at every exam appointment.
There are many risk factors that contribute to oral cancer, many of them can be controlled. They include tobacco use, smoking of any kind, excessive alcohol consumption, or a combined use of alcohol and tobacco, unprotected excessive exposure to the sun, low intake of fruits and vegetables. Another factor on the rise and seen in younger people is oral cancer due to infection with HPV16 (same cause as cervical cancer)
There are signs and symptoms to be aware of that will help with early discovery. They include red and/or white discolorations in the soft tissues of the mouth. Any sore or ulcer that does not heal within 14 days and may not be causing pain. Hoarseness which lasts for prolonged periods of time. Advanced indicators include a sensation that something is stuck in your throat, numbness, difficulty swallowing or moving the muscles of your mouth, lip or tongue, or a lump which develops in your mouth or on your neck. Should you experience any of the above contact us to make an appointment for a screening.
Mortality from oral cancer can be reduced by being screened yearly, avoiding risk factors, and involving your health care professional in suspicious lesions in the mouth or neck. Vaccinating your preteens for HPV can help them prevent cancer in the future as well.
For more information please contact Norfolk Family and Pediatric Dentistry at (508) 850- 6992. You can also check out www.checkyourmouth.org .
Going to the dentist can be nerve-racking. Some people even have a hard time thinking about going to the dentist and avoid it, which can lead to the deterioration of oral and dental health. If you're someone who's afraid of the dentist or suffers from some sort of anxiety at the thought of visiting your doctor, then you should discover how Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, can help relieve your anxiety.
What types of sedation dentistry are available?
There are several methods of sedation dentistry used by your Norfolk, MA, dentist. If you feel sleep dentistry is something you should consider, then here are a few options to consider when meeting with Drs. Sapir to discuss sedation:
- Oral sedation: Individuals who opt for oral conscious sedation will take a sedative pill about an hour before the procedure or take medication a night before, if that's something discussed with their doctor and is found to be a safer and more comfortable option for them. The patient can be sedated through the whole procedure and they may not remember the dental treatment occurring. Someone will have to drive you to and back from the dentist's office if this is your choice. There are various levels of oral conscious sedation, ranging from a person who is very much awake during their treatment, but are relaxed and at ease, to feeling more drowsy
- Nitrous oxide: Oxygen is mixed with the nitrous oxide and is inhaled by the patient through a mask that's put over their face. The sedative, also known as laughing gas, will not put you to sleep, but can help you relax. It's effect is quick and does not leave a residual sedative in your body when you leave the office.
- IV Conscious Sedation: This is when sedatives are delivered directly into your bloodstream. This is more powerful than oral sedation and has an almost immediate effect. Your doctor monitors you with specialized equipment during treatment. It's advantageous because of its immediate effect and how quickly and easily it can be adjusted if need be.
If you're interested in finding out more about sedation dentistry from Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA, call (508) 850-6992 today!