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By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
October 04, 2017
Category: Dentist

How sedation dentistry from your Norfolk dentist can help yousedation dentistry

Visiting the dentist is one of the most important things you can do to protect the health of your smile and your overall health. So, what do you do if you are afraid of the dentist? How do you overcome that fear? Sedation dentistry may be the answer! Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Pediatric & Family Dentistry in Norfolk, MA want to share the facts about how sedation dentistry can help provide a comfortable, relaxing experience at the dentist.

Being afraid of the dentist is a common occurrence for many people, especially children. Dental anxiety, as it is called, can stem from a bad previous experience at the dentist, childhood fears, the noises and smells in a dental office, leaning back in the dental chair, and many other causes. Whatever the cause of your dental fears, your dental anxiety needs to be dealt with. It isn’t “all in your head.”

The first step is discussing with your dentist what it is that makes you afraid. Great communication is so important in dealing with dental fears. After your dentists know what bothers you, they can make the appropriate recommendations about sedation measures, including:

Inhaled nitrous oxide delivered through a mask if you want to feel mildly relaxed during your appointment; once the mask with the nitrous oxide/oxygen mixture is removed, the effects dissipate and you will feel completely attentive.

Oral sedation if you want to be mildly or moderately relaxed during your appointment. You will feel relaxed and drowsy, but still will be responsive to questions. The effects of oral sedation can remain for several hours, so it is important to bring someone with you to drive you home.

Intravenous sedation takes immediate effect. You will be drowsy during your appointment and may not remember much. The desired amount of sedation can be controlled for optimal effects.

Now you can overcome your fear of the dentist, saving you stress, time and money, because your dentist can get more necessary treatment completed in one appointment. For more information about dental anxiety and sedation dentistry call Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Pediatric & Family Dentistry in Norfolk, MA today!

Back to school tips

At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry we are excited for all the children starting a new school year. Here are some tips for keeping your children’s teeth healthy.  

Snacks: Sugary and starchy snacks (i.e. potato chips, chocolate chip granola bars etc.) should be limited to once a day. The snack sticks to the teeth and the starch breaks down into sugar. That sugar feeds the bacteria that cause cavities.

Juice should be drunk during meal times and not between meals. Juice is high sugar and acidic, the vitamins from the fruits and/or vegetables are more readily available when eaten fresh. It is best to drink water or flavored seltzer between meals.

Mouth guards:  Football and hockey players are mandated to wear mouth guards. Injuries to the mouth and teeth can occur from getting hit by a baseball or soccer ball as well. It is recommended to have your child wear a mouth guard for any sport they play, especially if their front teeth are tilted outward.

Brushing: In the morning rush to get to school on time, tooth brushing is sometimes forgotten. It is important for children to develop healthy habits, so brushing their teeth before school should be as natural as brushing their hair or washing their face in the morning.  If in a rush it is a better to brush for a minute than not brush at all. Before bed when this is more time, have your child brush for 2 minutes and floss.

Checkups: 20% of children aged 5-11 have at least one tooth with untreated decay. Dental pain is one of the reasons children miss school. Make sure your child sees a dentist for routine checkups every 6 months to prevent dental pain and missed days of school. Prevention with fluoride applications and sealants can help improve the risk of cavities. 

Call (508)850-6992 today for a checkup, to prevent missed school days. May everyone have a great school year!


July 05, 2017
Category: Dentist
Tags: orthodontics   x-rays   braces  

What are Orthodontic Records?

When Orthodontic treatment (braces) is indicated the first step is taking records. These include plaster models of the dentition, clinical photos, and x-rays. This appointment takes about an hour.

  Pictures are taken of your face and teeth, full frontal and in profile.

 Models are taken of your teeth to show us the position of all your teeth in relation to each other and the jaws.

 X-rays are taken as well. A panoramic x-ray is taken to see the development of all the teeth. Another X-ray called a Cephalometric X-ray is taken. This radiograph shows the relations between the bones of your jaw. Computerized measurements are taken on these x-rays. These help us to determine growth patterns in children, plan the correct treatment, predict treatment outcome, and evaluate progress.

After the dentist reviews all the information, he will be able to determine the correct treatment for you.

To find out more about Braces  and clear aligners call Dr. Shabtai Sapir (508)850-6992 at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry today.

panoramic xray- for braces

By Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry
June 20, 2017
Category: Dentist
Tags: root canal  

What your dentists in Norfolk want you to knowroot canal

A root canal is a state-of-the-art way to save your tooth from dental extraction, but you might not always know if you need a root canal. Dental problems can sneak up on you, sometimes with little or no symptoms or warning. So how do you know if you need a root canal? Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA want to help answer that question.

You may need a root canal if you have a decayed area that reaches deep into the pulp of your tooth, or if a tooth does not recuperate from a deep filling when an attempt was made to save the tooth. The pulp chamber is the innermost tissue deep inside your tooth. It contains the blood supply and nerves that keep your tooth alive. Once decay reaches the pulp chamber, tissue begins to die and your tooth can become very painful. The pulp can also be damaged from a traumatic injury to your face, or an accident.

Teeth can also begin to die with no symptoms. It can happen if you grind your teeth or cause chronic trauma to your teeth. The pulp hardens and the inside of the roots of your teeth begin to close up, a process called sclerosis. You may not feel pain, but you will usually notice the tooth darkening when compared to the teeth next to it.

Some of the more obvious signs and symptoms that can result in a root canal include:

  • Chronic tooth pain that doesn’t resolve
  • Sharp or throbbing pain when you consume hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Pressure and pain in one area of your mouth
  • Redness, swelling or drainage near the root of your tooth

If you are experiencing dental pain or think you might need a root canal, it’s time to visit the experts in Norfolk. A thorough dental examination, x-rays and temperature and vitality testing will indicate if you can benefit from root canal treatment.

There are many reasons you may need a root canal, and only your dentist can know for sure if root canal therapy can help you. To find out more about root canal treatment and how we can help you maintain your oral health, call Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA. Get rid of your dental pain by calling (508) 850-6992 today!

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