Archive for September 2017

If you get anxious about visiting the dentist, know that you are not alone. Here at the Rideau Dental Centre, we have methods of helping patients who get nervous at the dentist. We offer two forms of conscious sedation, oral and IV, which are both great for helping patients relax.
 
Conscious sedation also allows our dentists to work more efficiently, which can reduce the number of visits to our office that are required for a procedure. Conscious sedation is also normally used during wisdom teeth removal, to help ease pain and make the procedure more pleasant for the patient.
 
We recommend conscious sedation for patients who have sensitive teeth, a gag reflex, fear of the dentist and/or dental equipment, or complicated dental problems. If you are interested in conscious sedation, we’re happy to help. Feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.
 

What Are Panoramic Dental X-Rays?

September 18, 2017 | Posted Education

Panoramic dental x-rays are the prefered type of x-ray when dentists need to capture the entire mouth in one image. They are commonly performed by dentists and oral surgeons to plan for braces, dentures, extractions and implants. Panoramic x-rays take images in 2-D, and capture the teeth, upper and lower jaws, and surrounding tissue. Imaging with x-ray exposes part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce the image.
 
Common uses for panoramic x-rays over conventional intraoral x-rays are planning for procedures, and revealing dental problems such as advanced periodontal disease, jaw tumors and oral cancer, impacted teeth (wisdom teeth), jaw disorders, and sinusitis.
 
Preparing for a panoramic x-ray is very simple. You will be asked to wear a lead apron to protect the rest of your body from any radiation exposure, and you will be asked to remove any jewelry, eyeglasses, and other metal objects that are in the region being imaged. It’s very important that women always inform their dentist or oral surgeon if there is a possibility of them being pregnant. Many tests aren’t performed during pregnancy to protect the fetus from any radiation. If the x-ray is necessary, extra precautions can be made to minimize the radiation exposure to the baby.
 
If you have any further questions, or would like to ask about receiving a panoramic x-ray yourself, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.