Wednesday, April 30, 2014

APAD April # 30 - A bad habit

I love to carry my world wherever we go, because I can't afford to miss a single thing. This habit of hauling the world with my (lots and lots of) worldly things is going to have serious repercussions one day. But until then, I can't think of a single thing in this bag that I can do without! A closer peek will show how I need to lug around my art book and pens too! 

Z - Zirconia ( A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Zirconia is becoming one of the most chosen materials for dental crowns. The aesthetic effects alone of a zirconia crown should be the biggest advantage it can give. It is important that you have dental crowns that will look natural especially if it will be placed at the front teeth and will be visible beside the natural teeth.
Zirconia manufacturers are now producing and designing dental crowns custom milled from solid block of the material and baked at ultra high temperatures to ensure that the finished crowns are almost indestructible. Zirconium crowns and bridges are so strong they can be used anywhere in the mouth. Zirconium crowns can withstand the biting pressure of the front teeth as well as back teeth grinding.

The fact that this material is biocompatible means that it is safe to stay within your mouth for a long time. There is no need to worry about any adverse reactions from your body because it is not rejected by the human body.

Advantages :

  • Extraordinarily tough
  • Can withstand wear and tear
  • Translucent enough to be similar to natural teeth
  • Less tooth removal
  • No Metal fuse
  • Modifiable size, shape and color
  • Biocompatible
  • Zirconia crowns are more robust than porcelain crowns. They last longer too, compared to porcelain that chip and break.
  • Porcelain crowns also need to be fused to a metal base and the metal is that black unsightly line above the gums of people with porcelain crowns.
  • Zirconia crowns allow light to pass as a normal tooth would and that gives a natural look, unlike other metal cores that are block the light.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y - Your Dentist and You (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Whether you are visiting your dentist for the first time or it’s a return visit, it’s important that you are confident in the quality of care that your dentist provides. And starting with first impressions, a welcoming reception area and a clean and neat office environment are often signs of a well-run practice.

Note how promptly you are greeted and how long you’re asked to wait before being treated. While it’s not realistic to expect the practice to always be right on schedule, it is reasonable to expect to be told within a few minutes of your arrival whether there will be a delay.


During your visit, ask yourself these questions:

  • Does the dental office present a professional atmosphere and a willingness to address your concerns?
  • Is your medical history thoroughly reviewed prior to treatment or is it an afterthought? Health problems, such as high blood pressure, should be monitored at every dental appointment.
  • When dental work is performed, are staff members wearing masks, gloves and appropriate eyewear?
  • Are gloves disposed of between patients?
  • Are all dental instruments sterilized / disposed? Are all questions regarding sterilization answered to your satisfaction?
  • Is ample time given to a thorough teeth cleaning? When you have your teeth cleaned, are you given hygiene instructions or is there discussion of the areas of your mouth where more attention is required?
  • Is a treatment plan presented to you? Have questions about treatment been adequately explained, doubts cleared as well as the risks, alternatives, cost and benefits?
  • When and how are you expected to pay? Make sure you understand the fees, method and schedule of payment before you agree to any treatment.
  • What types of dental procedures can the dentist perform? Are dental specialists, like orthodontists and oral surgeons, available at the dentist’s office? If not, will the dentist refer out to the appropriate dental specialists?
  • Are special arrangements made for handling emergencies outside of office hours? Most dentists make arrangements with a colleague or emergency referral service if they are unable to tend to emergencies.
  • What are their office hours and is the appointment schedule convenient for you?

It’s important to find a dentist who takes time to answer questions and responds to your needs.

APAD April # 29 - Fave smell

Three of my all time favourites....always have them in stock....Lola by Marc Jacobs, Flowers by Kenzo and Emporio Armani.

Monday, April 28, 2014

APAD April # 28 - A Stranger

Feel like a stranger to myself.....spent all Sunday getting a keratin hair treatment. Love love love the look and feel of my hair! If only I didnt have hair like hay!



X - Xerostomia / Dry Mouth (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Dry mouth is a condition in which your mouth is unusually dry. A dry mouth can affect both your enjoyment of food and the health of your teeth. The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia

A result of reduced or no saliva, dry mouth can lead to problems because saliva helps prevent tooth decay by limiting bacterial growth and washing away food particles. Saliva also enhances your ability to taste and makes it easier to swallow. In addition, enzymes in saliva aid in digestion. Patients with a persistently dry mouth may develop a burning or scalded sensation and have poor oral hygiene. They are prone to increased dental caries, periodontal disease, intolerance of dentures and oral infections, particularly candidiasis.


  • Dryness in your mouth
  • Saliva that seems thick and stringy
  • Sores or split skin at the corners of your mouth
  • Cracked lips
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty speaking and swallowing
  • Sore throat
  • An altered sense of taste
  • A fungal infection in your mouth
  • Increased plaque, tooth decay and gum disease
  • In women, dry mouth may result in lipstick adhering to the teeth.

  1. Medications: Drugs used to treat depression and anxiety, antihistamines, decongestants, high blood pressure medications, anti-diarrheals, muscle relaxants, drugs for urinary incontinence, and Parkinson's disease medications all cause dry mouth as a side effect.
  2. Aging
  3. Cancer therapy: Chemotherapy drugs can change the nature of saliva and the amount produced. Radiation treatments to your head and neck can damage salivary glands, causing a marked decrease in saliva production.
  4. Nerve damage: An injury or surgery that causes nerve damage to your head and neck area also can result in xerostomia.
  5. Other conditions like Sjogren's syndrome, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, HIV/AIDS, anxiety disorders and depression.
  6. Tobacco use
Treatment :
  1. Frequent sips of cool drinks.
  2. Sucking pieces of ice.
  3. Sucking sugar-free fruit pastilles.
  4. Eating partly frozen melon or pineapple chunks.
  5. Sugar-free chewing gum - which stimulates salivation in patients with residual salivary function.
  6. Petroleum jelly - which can be applied to the lips to prevent drying and cracking.
  7. Pilocarpaine
  8. Acupuncture

Saturday, April 26, 2014

APAD April # 26 - Toothbrush

Our son is obsessed with the toothbrush, no he isn't taking after his dentist mommy, he is teething. He has figured out a way to get to his toothbrush and spends hours chewing away.
I have now got this innovative new toothbrush for him to chew! Introducing the Baby QQ toothbrush. I came across this toothbrush at a Mom and Baby exhibition I attended earlier this month. It is made by a Taiwan based company called Intelligent. They claim it to be the only chewing toothbrush in the world. The toothbrush is made of a flexible silicone like material with a handle to put the finger through at one end and double sided bristles on the other. When the child bites onto the chewing surface, it cleans and massages the gums at the same time. It basically envelopes the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws while being chewed upon, cleaning at the same time while soothing.
I personally haven't used it to brush my son's teeth yet for the only reason that he at this time enjoys using it to soothe his aching gums, and I manage to brush his teeth using a regular brush while he gnaws in this one.

W - Whitening (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

In most cases, the natural colour of teeth is within a range of light greyish-yellow shades. Teeth naturally darken with age and their appearance can be affected by the accumulation of surface stains acquired from the use of tobacco products and the consumption of certain foods or drinks. In addition, the perception of the colour of teeth is severely affected by skin tone and make-up. Independent of the real colour of their teeth, people with darker skin or who use dark makeup will look like they have brighter teeth.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. Teeth whitening can’t make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades.

Who can perform teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.
Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there's no dental professional present, and it may put your oral health at risk.
You can also buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these may also carry risks.

Types of Teeth Whitening:
There are various ways to whiten your teeth, but the two most common are in-office treatment and the do-it-yourself approach, with over the counter products. 
  • In Office Teeth Whitening : Professional teeth whitening in a dental office is the preferred method because even though stronger agents are applied, the rest of the mouth including the gums are protected from the bleach solutions. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are extremely effective, and can transform teeth in a single office visit. Your teeth can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour.
  • Over the counter (OTC) or Home tooth whitening systems : Commercially available tooth whitening systems have become popular, mainly because they are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Whitening strips, whitening toothpastes and whitening gum are OTC products can can be purchased without the dentist's supervision. They are typically safe products. While OTC tooth whitening products are available, dentist supervised home teeth whitening remains the safest and most effective method for brightening your smile. The dentist makes customised mouth trays for you and gives you a kit containing the whitening solutions and the trays.

Friday, April 25, 2014

APAD April # 25 - Mother


A very happy birthday to one of the most important person in my mom, my best friend, my god. I am what I am today only because of you. Love you.


Because of You

Dearest Mother,
You’re the friend I most adore.
You taught me everything I know
and more.
You never abandoned me
when times got tough.
You held my trembling hands
when the waters were rough.
Mother, you've always been by my side.
Holding me up
When I wanted to hide.
Because of you,
I now walk with pride.




V - Veneers (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color. You'll often hear people say that celebrities have veneers and this may seem like the best way to replicate picture-perfect teeth, but each mouth is different and veneers need to be carefully researched.

  • They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth.
  • Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers. 
  • Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure.

This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance front teeth. 
Your dentist will most likely begin with a smile analysis to determine what steps are necessary to achieve the smile you desire. In addition, your dentist may create a diagnostic mock-up that will allow you to “try on” veneers and other procedures to see if the final result is actually what you're looking for. Your dentist may also show you a photo of how your new smile will look. This is called cosmetic imaging.

To apply a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter. This is essential as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth. A veneer takes at least two visits: the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade, and the second to fit it. The bond between original tooth and porcelain veneer is critical as it not only provides the esthetic perfection desired,but also a strong bond which is essential for correct veneer function. Light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer and then hardened using a special curing light. If done properly, veneers can last for many many years.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

APAD April # 24 - Pink

Cannot believe I waited for so long to get nail art done! got it done on my toes for the first time and love it! 

U - Unerupted Teeth (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

An unerupted or impacted tooth is a tooth that has formed but not emerged into the mouth. Teeth that fail to erupt can damage surrounding teeth gums and supporting bone and lead to the formation of tumours and cysts that can severly disrupt the jaw. Because of this risk unerupted teeth are often extracted.

An impacted tooth remains stuck in gum tissue or bone for various reasons. It may be that the area is just overcrowded and there's no room for the teeth to emerge. For example, the jaw may be too small to fit the wisdom teeth. Teeth may also become twisted, tilted, or displaced as they try to emerge, resulting in impacted teeth.

Failure to erupt occurs most frequently among third molars also known as wisdom teeth. Third molars are last teeth to develop; thus by the time they are ready to erupt there is often no room for them in the jaw and they remain beneath the gums. Canines the four pointy teeth surrounding your front teeth and premolars the teeth between your canines and molars are also known to become impacted.

Unerupted teeth can eventually cause the following symptoms:

  • Pain, Swelling and Infection in the surrounding tissues.
  • Bad breath.
  • Difficulty opening the mouth.
  • Visible gap where the tooth did not emerge.
  • Prolonged headache or jaw ache.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.


No treatment may be needed if the impacted tooth is not causing any problems.

Over-the-counter pain relievers may help if the impacted tooth causes discomfort. Warm salt water (one-half teaspoon of salt in one cup of water) or over-the-counter mouthwashes may be soothing to the gums.

Removal of the tooth (extraction) is the usual treatment for an impacted tooth. This is usually done in the dentist's office, but difficult cases may require an oral surgeon. Antibiotics may be prescribed before the extraction if the tooth is infected.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T - Teething (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

A baby’s first teeth (known as milk or deciduous teeth) usually develop while the child is growing in the womb.In most babies, these teeth start to emerge through the gums when they are around six months old. This process is known as teething.
Though teething usually begins around 6 months of age, it is normal for teething to start at anytime between 3 months and 12 months of age. By 3 years of age, the child will have all 20 primary teeth.

Many babies are not affected by teething, while some babies are fussier than usual when they are teething. This is because of soreness and swelling in the gums before a tooth comes through. These symptoms usually begin 3 to 5 days before the tooth shows, and they disappear as soon as the tooth breaks the skin. 

Teething symptoms:
  • Babies may bite on their fingers or toys to help relieve the pressure in their gums. 
  • They may also refuse to eat and drink because their mouths hurt.
  • Many babies drool during teething, which can cause a rash on the chin, face, or chest.
  • One side of the cheek may appear flushed.
Here are some tips to help your baby feel better while teething:
  • With a clean finger or cold teething ring, gently rub the baby's gum for a few minutes. 
  • Provide safe objects for your baby to chew on, such as teething rings.
  • If needed, give your baby an over-the-counter pain reliever that is labeled for his or her specific age. Read and follow all instructions. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20, because it has been linked to Reye syndrome, a rare but serious disease.

APAD April # 23 - Made you smile today

I am a big fan of arts and crafts and diy projects! Ever since we enrolled our son for his first ever summer camp at his play school, he has been coming home every day with a new craft project he helped make. I drop him for the summer camp every morning and can't wait for those 3 long hours in between to come to an end until I he walks out of that door, with a smile so sweet, and holding out his little prized possession proudly. We have kept them all out to display in his room like all new proud parents! Here are two of his projects....germination and a penguin!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

APAD April # 22 - Fear

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear ~ Nelson Mandela

S - Sealants (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

What is a dental sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent cavities.Sealants stick or bond to the surfaces of teeth. Sealants do not dissolve in saliva and are safe. 

Where are sealants put?
The permanent molars found in the back of the mouth have the highest risk of tooth decay and benefit the most from the application of dental sealants. In most children, the first permanent molars appear about age six or seven years and the second molars about age 11 or 12 years. Children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. In this way, the sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. 

Who is a good candidate for sealants?
Because of the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are candidates for sealants. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.

How are sealants put?
The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. 

How long do sealants last?
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups. Your dentist can replace sealants as necessary.

APAD April # 21 - Before bedtime

Picked up these Scholastic stacking cards for my son at a book exhibition at his school. It was the first time I came across this and loved the concept. Its kept by his bedside now and every night we spend a fem minutes just feeling the animal shapes and learning their names. I do plan on picking up the others in the series too. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

R - Root Canals (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside a tooth's root.

A tooth's pulp tissue contains nerve fibers, arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and connective tissue. Each tooth's nerve enters the tooth at the very tip of its roots. From there, the nerve runs through the center of the root in small "root canals," which join up with the tooth's pulp chamber. Root canals are very small, thin divisions that branch off from the top pulp chamber down to the tip of the root. A tooth has at least one but no more than four root canals.

The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth when:

  1. tooth decay occurs
  2. fillings leak
  3. teeth are damaged by trauma, such as a fall.

Pain in the tooth is commonly felt when biting down, chewing on it and applying hot or cold foods and drinks.


A root canal is a procedure done to save the damaged or dead pulp in the root canal of the tooth by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canal. The canal is filled with a rubberlike substance called gutta–percha or another material to prevent recontamination of the tooth. The tooth is then permanently sealed, with possibly a post and/or a crown made of porcelain or metal alloy. This enables patients to keep the original tooth and retain its function of chewing.




Sunday, April 20, 2014

APAD April # 20 - Tasty

Sunday, penne arrabiata, coke, cappuccino and cupcake! What more could a girl ask for :)



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q - Quack (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Street dentistry, a form of quackery, is in practice in the rural and remote places of India. These street dentists often visit villages on their bicycle with a bag consisting of some pliers, screwdrivers, dividers, self-acrylic materials, etc.For years, the Indian Government has waged an unsuccessful war against people such as 'unqualified medical practitioners' - otherwise known as quacks. Reports suggest that there are about one million unqualified providers, or 'quacks', in India. They have long been blamed for misdiagnosing and mistreating. Various factors attribute to this practice like - lack of qualified dentist in the rural areas, increase in the cost of professional dental treatments, illiteracy, lack of awareness, immediate treatment, availability, etc. Many of the quacks claim to have learnt the art of dentistry from their ancestors, but there are some quacks who are practicing dentistry after seeing a professional work in a dental clinic or who have learnt some basic procedures while working as assistants in dental office. The procedures carried out by these quacks are very undesirable, harmful, and sometimes dangerous to the patients.

APAD April # 19 - In the distance

Summer break calls for innovative ways to keep a toddler busy. Our weekends are usually spent at the pool followed by dinner at the club and then home. With the mercury rising, the weather in the evening is perfect to spend in the pool. And it's even more fun when both mom and dad get into the pool with baby!


Friday, April 18, 2014

APAD April # 18 - Us

We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.

February 15th, 2009, Bombay.

P - Pregnancy (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

It's important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby. It's a myth that calcium is lost from a mother's teeth and "one tooth is lost with every pregnancy." But you may experience some changes in your oral health during pregnancy. If the mother’s intake of calcium is inadequate during pregnancy, her bones – not her teeth – will provide the calcium her growing baby needs. This calcium loss is quickly made up after breastfeeding is stopped.

Before You Get Pregnant
Try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. That way, your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined, and any oral health problems can be treated in advance of your pregnancy. Research has found a link between gum disease in pregnant women and premature birth with low birth weight. Babies who are born prematurely may risk a range of health conditions including cerebral palsy and problems with eyesight and hearing. 

Common causes of dental health problems during pregnancy can include:
1.       Gum problems - The hormones associated with pregnancy can make some women susceptible to gum problems including gingivitis (gum inflammation) – this is more likely to occur during the second trimester and undiagnosed or untreated periodontal disease – pregnancy may worsen this chronic gum infection, which is caused by untreated gingivitis and can lead to tooth loss.

2.       Vomiting can damage teeth: Pregnancy hormones soften the ring of muscle that keeps food inside the stomach. Gastric reflux (regurgitating food or drink) or the vomiting associated with morning sickness can coat your teeth with strong stomach acids. Repeated reflux and vomiting can damage tooth enamel and increase the risk of decay. Suggestions include:
·         Don’t brush your teeth immediately after vomiting. 
·         Rinse your mouth thoroughly with plain tap water.
·         Follow up with a fluoridated mouthwash.
·         Brush your teeth at least an hour after vomiting. 

3.      Retching while brushing teeth:  Some pregnant women find that brushing their teeth, particularly the molars, provokes retching. However, you risk tooth decay if you don’t brush regularly. Suggestions include:
·         Use a brush with a small head, such as a brush made for toddlers.
·         Take your time. Slow down your brushing action.
·         It may help to close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing.
·         Try other distractions, such as listening to music.
·         If the taste of the toothpaste seems to provoke your gag reflex, switch to another brand. Alternatively, brush your teeth with water and follow up with a fluoridated mouthwash. Go back to brushing with fluoridated toothpaste as soon as you can.

4.    Food cravings while pregnant: Some women experience unusual food cravings (and food avoidance) while they are pregnant. A regular desire for sugary snacks may increase your risk of tooth decay. Try to snack on low-sugar foods instead.

5.    Increase your calcium during pregnancy: You need to increase your daily amount of calcium during pregnancy. Sufficient calcium will protect your bone mass and meet the nutritional needs of your developing baby.

6.    Increase your vitamin D during pregnancy: Vitamin D helps the body to utilize calcium.

Are there any dental procedures I should avoid?
Non-emergency procedures generally can be performed throughout pregnancy, but the best time for any dental treatment is the fourth through six month. Women with dental emergencies that create severe pain can be treated during any trimester, but your obstetrician should be consulted during emergencies that require anesthesia or when medication is being prescribed. Only X-rays that are needed for emergencies should be taken during pregnancy. Lastly, elective procedures that can be postponed should be delayed until after the baby's birth.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

O - Orthodontics (A to Z Challenge April 2014)

Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that aims to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked or abnormally arranged teeth. Dentists who specialise in orthodontics are known as orthodontists.

Orthodontics uses devices such as a brace to correct the position of the teeth. Your exact treatment will depend on the problems with your teeth.

Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. In some cases, abnormal development of the teeth and jaw can affect the shape of the face, which could cause psychological and emotional problems, such as lack of self-confidence.

The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.

Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable, are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. Braces and aligners are the appliances orthodontists most commonly use to guide your teeth into their proper positions. Retainers preserve and stabilize the results of your orthodontic treatment.

In the past, orthodontic treatment was associated with children and teens, but today many adults seek orthodontic treatment to correct long-standing problems, or problems that stem from maturational changes. Orthodontists can help people of any age achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

APAD April # 16 - Picnic

Some of the best memories are made in flip flops

New Jersey, July 2009.

N - Nitrous Oxide (A to Z Challenge April 2014)


Nitrous Oxide is a non-allergenic, non-irritating gas that affects the central nervous system. It's one of the safest forms of sedation available and patients who have used it report very few, if any, side effects. The nitrous oxide takes effect within 3-5 minutes. Following treatment the effects of this gas are completely reversed within 3-5 minutes, simply by breathing normally.


  1. Nitrous Oxide can make you feel more comfortable during your appointment. You remain conscious and are fully aware during treatment.
  2. The depth of sedation can be varied throughout your treatment as required.
  3. Your gag reflex and flow of saliva are somewhat decreased.
  4. Nitrous Oxide can reduce the discomfort or anxiety associated with an injection of local anesthesia; in some cases (particularly with small children) it takes the place of an injection altogether.
  5. Most importantly, it helps to eliminate fear and reduces anxiety by helping you relax.

Who can have Nitrous Oxide?

Patients ranging from the very young to the elderly have been safely treated with nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation. There are practically no side effects associated with nitrous oxide use.

Who is not a good candidate for nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation?

Women in their first trimester of pregnancy are not good candidates for nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation. Patients with emphysema or those who have recently undergone ear surgery should also avoid nitrous. Occasionally, however, asthmatic patients or those suffering from severe bronchitis or other known lung disorders may elect not to use it.

How does Nitrous Oxide make you feel?

  • tingling of your hands and feet
  • warmth
  • numbness in your legs
  • numbness of your hands, feet, tongue and other soft tissues of your mouth
  • a ringing sensation or droning sound; your hearing may become distant but more distinct
  • feelings of euphoria
  • feelings of heaviness or lightness in your extremities

You should not experience giddiness, fall asleep, or become nauseous. If any of these symptoms occur while breathing nitrous oxide, immediately inform the doctor.

Side effects:

While rare, side effects have been linked to the use of nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation. These most often include nausea and vomiting, and result because too much nitrous oxide has been used. Several studies confirm the lack of side effects for children-- fewer than 1 percent were reported, and most were symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Side effects are quickly reversed with the elimination of nitrous and the addition of pure oxygen gas.

Nitrous Oxide is a safe, reversible adjunct to help you relax during treatment. You remain conscious and "in control" throughout the procedure. Simply relax and breathe deeply through your nose. It's just that easy.

Dr Seuss themed 1st Birthday!

It seems like yesterday that we brought our son Ronav home from the hospital, but a year has just flown by and all that we are left with a...