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Sedation Dentistry By Dr. Russell Mann

Mann Family Dental has been proud to offer sedation dentistry at our Manchester office as a means to overcoming dental anxiety for the past five years. Recently, Dr. Mann received an Unrestricted Moderate Sedation permit from the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners through their Anesthesia/Evaluation Committee. This new permit will allow our office to use Intravenous (IV) medication as well as oral medication to treat fearful and high anxiety adult patients more comfortably!
 
Dr. Mann upholds his continued commitment to providing the best dental care being one of only five general dentists in New Hampshire to have completed the education and training ...

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Sedation Dentistry Will Help You Save Time!

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Types of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry helps you relax during dental procedures. At Mann Family Dentistry in Manchester, NH, we offer three primary types of sedation dentistry:

  • Nitrous Oxide: Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide provides a feeling of euphoria and takes the edge off any discomfort. This form of sedation allows you to remain conscious, but relaxed during treatment. 
  • Oral Sedation: Oral sedation provides relaxation employing a prescription strength pill taken the night before your appointment and again just before you arrive at our office. Oral sedation works for a variety of treatments. Many patients that choose this form of sedation dentistry relate feeling as though their appointment finishes in ...

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7 Celebrities Who Are Terrified of the Dentist

If you’re terrified of the dentist, you’re not alone – nearly 75 percent of Americans also suffer from an aversion to the dental chair. Even some celebrities, who seem like untouchable and fearless beings, shiver at the prospect of a dental appointment. Here are some famous people you had no idea feared the dentist.

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro has made a name for himself by playing tough characters on the big screen. So it seems a little surprising that he’s scared of something as innocent as the dentist. He’s noted that his fear stems from paying a dentist $20,000 to grind his teeth down for a movie role.

Kelly Osbourne

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Contrary to Popular Belief, Dentists Don’t Use Novocaine

Novocaine was first produced back in 1905 by a German chemist, Alford Einhorn. He didn’t develop it for dental procedures, but rather for amputations. When surgeons preferred a general anesthetic, dental professionals ended up finding novocaine very useful for their procedures. Einhorn didn’t like that his development was being used in a way that was unintended, and he even toured dental schools around the country to advise them not to use it. Today, dentists don’t use novocaine. But it’s not because of Einhorn’s effort to get them to stop.
 
Novocaine is actually the brand name for procaine, which is the name of the anesthetic itself. Before it was synthesized, ...

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How to Find the Right Dentist to Help You With Dental Fear

Going to the dentist is a pain for everyone. We know that even our most pleasant and joyful patients would rather be somewhere else when we’re cleaning their teeth. But many people have more than just an annoyance and uncomfortable feeling about the dentist. According to the American Dental Association, 5 percent of people have an absolute fear of the dentist. This means that they avoid it at all costs. It means that the pain they feel from an oral health problem can be no longer ignored. Their problem will have to make their day to day lives miserable before they even pick up the phone to call a dentist. ...

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How to Cope with a Fear of the Dentist

There are a few different reasons people can develop a fear of the dentist. For some, it’s a bad past experience or fear of having pain. For others, it’s their loss of control or just embarrassment they associate with someone looking in their mouth. Whatever the underlying cause of dental phobia, it’s something that needs to be dealt with in order to keep up with your dental hygiene. It’s just not something that can be ignored.
 
Sedation dentistry can be a great solution for someone with dental anxiety, but if your fear is mild, there are things you can do to keep it in control without being orally sedated.

Communication

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Can I Drive after Sedation Dentistry?

Is it safe to drive after sedation dentistry?

That depends on the type of sedation you dentist administered for the procedure. One of the services we offer at Mann Family Dental is conscious non-IV sedation dentistry. While the patient isn’t fully asleep during the procedure, we do make sure they have a companion with them during and after their visit. This companion should drive them home, and also stay with them for the rest of the day. After a night’s sleep, the patient should be fine to drive and carry on without someone’s help. But we advise the patient to be safe and not drive until they feel back to normal.

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Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia Management

Dental phobia or dental anxiety affects at least 75% of the adult population in the United States. Most people can live with having some anxiety about going to the dentist but for others, the visit can be quite terrifying. Having fear or anxiety about going to the dentist is not something to be ashamed of, in fact it is extremely common.

There are many causes of dental anxiety including:

  • Fear of pain
  • Embarrassment
  • Negative past experiences
  • Feeling of helplessness without having control

Although both can be very stressful, dental anxiety and dental phobia are two very different conditions. While a person with dental anxiety will have a sense of uneasiness when it is time for their ...

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