Posts for: April, 2014

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
April 17, 2014
Category: Oral Health

In dentistry (as well as other branches of medicine) pediatric conscious sedation is becoming more widespread than ever — but some people aren’t yet familiar with this beneficial therapy. Conscious sedation can remove anxiety and produce a feeling of calm and relaxation during dental treatment; however, unlike general anesthesia, it doesn’t cause the loss of consciousness. That means patients can still breathe normally and can respond to certain stimuli, while feelings of pain and anxiety are blocked.

Conscious sedation is often employed for invasive procedures such as tooth extractions or root canals — which cause some people a great deal of apprehension, no matter what their age. It can be especially useful for children, however, who may have a more limited ability to understand (and cooperate with) their dental treatment. Because the medications are commonly administered orally (by mouth), there’s no needle to provoke fear. And when it’s over, there is usually little or no memory of the procedure that was done.

Pediatric conscious sedation is typically administered in an office setting by a dentist with special qualifications. The American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have jointly established criteria for its use. Specialized training and continuing education are part of the qualification process; additionally, the dental office must be equipped with advanced life-support equipment and trained staff, who can help in the unlikely case of an emergency.

While your child is receiving conscious sedation, he or she will be monitored by a designated staff member who keeps a close watch on vital signs like blood pressure, oxygen levels, pulse rate and respiration. This helps to ensure that the level of sedation remains safe, yet effective. When the procedure is over, the medications wear off quickly; however, children will certainly need a ride home, and shouldn’t return to school until the next day.

As new medications are developed, more dentists receive special training, and the cost of associated equipment becomes more reasonable, the practice of pediatric conscious sedation is becoming more widespread. For many kids, it could mean the difference between having fearful childhood memories of the dental office that linger on through life — and remembering almost nothing at all.

If your child has dental anxiety or requires invasive procedures, pediatric conscious sedation may be a good option for you to consider. For more information, call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sedation Dentistry for Kids.”

teeth whitening From weddings and family photos to important presentations or just simply improving an overall appearance, there are a number of reasons people decide to whiten their teeth. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, there are a variety of ways to improve the appearance of your teeth and erase dental flaws. Today, teeth whitening is one of the most sought after cosmetic treatments, not to mention one of the fastest-acting with dramatic results.  Let’s take a look at three ways your Turlock, CA dentist can whiten your smile, including in-office whitening, and home whitening kits.

Enjoy the Convenience of Home Teeth Whitening Kits in Turlock

When time isn’t a factor or your stains are mild, Dr. Cesar Acosta, your Turlock, CA dentist, may recommend custom-fit whitening kits for gradually whitening your teeth. Dr. Cesar can custom-fit trays for your upper and lower teeth, and you do the rest from the comfort of your home.  Simply apply the recommended whitening solution to the trays, and wear the trays on your teeth for the required amount of time.  In as little as a few weeks your teeth should be noticeably whiter. This treatment is also a great option for maintaining and touching up professional in-office teeth whitening treatment in Turlock, CA.

Professional Teeth Whitening in as Little as an Hour

If simple improvements in your daily dental care regimen aren’t bringing about the whitening results you desire, talk to your dentist about professional teeth whitening. While whitening systems applied from home can produce noticeable results over time, in-office whitening performed by a professional cosmetic dentist uses a higher concentration of bleaching solution, which yields results that are visible immediately. This safe, proven method of tooth bleaching produces the fastest results of any other teeth whitening procedure, a great option for patients looking for a whiter smile in as little as a lunch hour.
Tooth whitening is fast becoming one of the most preferred cosmetic dental solutions available. Whether you are looking for fast-acting results from an in-office procedure, or convenience from take-home kits, you can rest assured that you’ll notice results in the shade of your smile after application.
Continue practicing good oral hygiene to prevent further staining and talk to Dr. Cesar Acosta, your dentist in Turlock, CA, at your next appointment to find out which whitening treatment is the best option for improving your.

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
April 02, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Here’s a quick quiz: What recent activity did domestic guru Martha Stewart share via social media for the first time? Need a hint? Was she following the lead of other celebrities like rapper 50 Cent (AKA Curtis James Jackson III), actress Demi Moore and country music star LeAnn Rimes?

Give up? The answer is… she live-tweeted her visit to the dentist! Not only that, she also posted pictures of her mouth as she was undergoing an in-office whitening procedure.

Now, we understand that some might feel they don’t need to see close-ups of Stewart’s teeth under treatment. But we have to admire her for not trying to hide the fact that she’s had the same procedure that has benefited so many people, whether famous or not. Plus, her pictures actually provide a good illustration of how the treatment works.

In-office whitening treatments are the fastest way to brighten up your smile. In a single one-hour visit, your teeth can be lightened by three to eight shades — and that's a big difference! How can we achieve such dramatic results? When you’re under our direct supervision in an office setting, we can use the most concentrated bleach solutions safely and effectively. You can get similar results with custom-made trays and take-home lightening solutions we can prepare for you, but then the process will take longer.

If you look closely at her photos, you’ll see that Stewart’s lips, gums, and face are covered up to prevent any contact with the bleaching solution. She’s also wearing protective eyewear, which not only keeps chemicals away, but also guards her eyes against strong lights, which are sometimes used in conjunction with bleach. When we perform in-office whitening procedures, we use safeguards like these for all of our patients — not just celebrities!

We also perform a complete oral examination before starting any whitening procedure, to be sure you don’t have any underlying conditions that need to be treated before teeth whitening begins. That’s something you just can’t get from an over-the counter whitening product.

Teeth whitening is an effective and affordable way to give your smile a quick boost. But whether you decide to live-tweet your procedure — or keep your fans guessing about why your smile looks so good all of a sudden — that’s up to you.

If you would like more information about the teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

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Cesar Acosta DMD, Family Dentistry

(209) 250-2560
1065 Colorado Avenue Ste 3 Turlock, CA 95380