• Adam Carraway

Updated: Oct 21, 2019

Dental anxiety is a common issue with our patients, so we work hard to ensure each patient is as comfortable as possible during each visit. Dental sedation is an important tool for patients that have severe dental anxiety.

We understand that some patients have had terrible experiences in the past that can make them fear the dental office. For that reason, we analyze each step of our patients' experience at our office and ensure that there aren't any steps that can cause future dental anxiety.

There are multiple levels of dental anesthesia or sedation. The lowest level of anesthesia is known as local anesthesia, where the nerves of the teeth, gums, and jaw are anesthetized or numbed. This step is necessary in many dental procedures, and it is very important even when higher levels of sedation are utilized. Our experienced dentists work hard to make the numbing process as painless as possible, and we test to ensure proper numbing before beginning a dental procedure.

The next level of dental anesthesia is the use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is an excellent method of alleviating dental anxiety. The combination of nitrous oxide with numbing medicine alleviates most patient's dental anxiety.

The use of oral medications can cause minimal sedation, and can be an excellent way to manage dental fears. When utilizing oral sedation for dental procedures, it is important to have an initial consultation where a customized sedation plan can be formulated with your dentist.

The next level of sedation is known as IV moderate conscious sedation. This method of sedation often utilizes the same medications as oral sedation, but the route of administration is intravenous rather than oral. The level of sedation is also deeper than oral sedation, and many patients will not remember anything from their dental visit.

Deep sedation and general anesthesia are usually administered by anesthesiologists, CRNA's, or oral surgeons. This level of sedation is common for wisdom teeth removal and other types of surgery.

All levels of sedation are extremely safe procedures when performed by experienced providers

using monitoring equipment. Lower levels of sedation have been shown to be safer for dental procedures than not utilizing any form of sedation. Dental procedures can be stressful, and stress can raise blood pressure and cause adverse cardiac or neurologic events. Dental sedation reduces stress which minimizes the chances of these events.

Dr. Adam Carraway pursued a General Practice Residency after dental school where be became proficient in IV Moderate Conscious Sedation and all other lower levels of sedation. Because of this training, we are able to work with patients to develop a plan to safely and effectively treat patients with dental anxiety.

Dental Sedation in Greer, SC

  • Adam Carraway

Tooth aches, chipped teeth, and tooth loss are scary moments for our patients. While we do everything we can to prevent these events from occurring, Dr. Adam Carraway is well trained to take care of all your emergency dental needs. The first step in treatment is determining what is causing the tooth pain. Every tooth has a nerve, or pulp, in its center that can become inflamed and cause pain. Dental decay that has reached the nerve is the most common source of this inflammation and pain

If dental decay reaches the tooth's pulp and remains untreated, the nerve inside the tooth will become necrotic, or dead. When this happens the gums and tissue surrounding the tooth can form a dental abscess. When a dental abscess forms, the patient will often form a pimple like bump on their gums. This is a sign of chronic infection and need for immediate treatment.

When the tooth's pulp is inflamed or necrotic, the tooth can be saved with a root canal or extracted. It is often cheaper and easier to save the tooth with a root canal rather than replacing the tooth with a dental implant later.

If a tooth has become chipped or lost, it is important to see a dentist that can treat dental emergencies. When a tooth is chipped, it must be examined for further damage. In some cases, the trauma to the tooth can cause the tooth to die. After examination, the chipped tooth can be usually be treated with tooth colored fillings or porcelain crowns.

When the entire tooth comes out of the socket, or avulsed, it can often be placed back into the jaw bone. In these cases, it is very important to see an emergency dentist in Greer, SC as soon as possible. If the tooth is placed back into the socket within 40 minutes, the tooth has the best chance of surviving. After placing the tooth back into the site, a wire similar to braces will be used to brace the tooth to the other remaining teeth.

If you have a dental emergency, call our 24 hour dental emergency phone number and one of our experienced dentists will give you the care you are seeking.

24 hour dental emergency hotline in Greer, SC

Updated: Sep 20, 2020

Dental implants are one of the most exciting developments in dentistry over the past few decades. Dental implants have the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life for our patients. A dental implant is an artificial root that can replace missing teeth in a number of different ways

When a patient only needs to replace one or two teeth, a porcelain crown is cemented onto the dental implant. Prior to the invention of dental implants, metal or porcelain bridges were the only option to permanently replace teeth. Unfortunately, when a patient receives a bridge, good natural tooth structure must be removed which can lead to further decay. For this reason, a dental implant can be the best option to replace missing teeth in many patients.

In order for the dental implant to be well functioning for many years, a few steps are necessary prior to cementing the final crown. When the natural tooth is removed, the extraction socket should be filled with a bone graft material to maintain as much bone width and height as possible. It typically takes the body four months to regenerate natural bone in the site. After this time period, a three dimensional x-ray should be taken so that the implant can be digitally planned prior to the surgery.

The next step is to place the dental implant into the site. After the surgery is complete, it takes four to six months for the body to fuse to the titanium dental implant. After this time period is over, a mold of the implant and adjacent tooth is made so that a porcelain crown can be made in the laboratory. Finally, the porcelain crown is attached to the dental implant and the process is complete!

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