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Making Trips to the Dentist More Comfortable with Sedation Dentistry

October 8th, 2019

Conscious sedation is just one of the ways we can help our patients feel more comfortable at the dentist. Conscious sedation is especially helpful when patients have to have surgery or undergo a procedure that might make them stressed out or anxious.

Why Coshocton Uses Conscious Sedation

IV conscious sedation is the most accurate method for achieving safe and effective sedation. We use conscious sedation for patients who are going to have procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, and other dental surgeries we do in our practice.

Other Types of Sedation

The difference between general anesthetic and conscious sedation is that you are awake during conscious sedation, but you won't remember the surgery or feel anything while it is happening.

Another type of sedation some may use is the administration of an oral drug to numb the pain and make the process easier. However, oral drugs are unpredictable, and most clinicians end up not giving you enough to fully ease the pain.

The value of I.V. sedation it that it is more predictable. We can titrate the exact amount of the drug to the level of sedation that you really need.

With conscious sedation, we are also able to continuously monitor your vitals such as your pulse oximetry, capnography, EKG levels, blood pressure, and so on, to make sure that everything is safe and comfortable for the patient.

We Are Experienced with Conscious Sedation 

We have a great Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) on staff who has over 35 years of experience administering IV sedatives.


If you need to have to get any dental surgery or procedure, ask your dentist about conscious sedation. At Coshocton Dentistry, we are here to answer any of the questions you may have about your upcoming procedure or to help you schedule your next visit. Contact us today!

Oral Cancer Screening and Early Detection

October 2nd, 2019

 

Oral cancer is a terrible disease that is hard to treat once it has progressed too far. That is why early detection is extremely important. At Coshocton Dentistry, we offer oral cancer screenings with each of our oral health checkups.

Risk Factors of Oral Cancer

Some of the risk factors for oral cancer include the use of tobacco products and alcohol. In fact, tobacco and alcohol are involved in over 80% of oral cancer cases. While other cases could be from generics and so on.

Newer research has determined a connection between Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and oral cancer. There are vaccines for HPV that could help protect you from not only HPV but also oral cancer.

Diagnostic Processes

Routine oral health checks are important for the early detection of oral cancer. When you come in for a checkup, we can keep an eye on anything we think looks suspicious. We check your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth for any lesions.

If we do find anything suspicious, we will take a further look with 3D-imaging. Most of the time, what we find is benign, but it is better to err on the side of caution and refer you for a biopsy with a specialist.


If you have not had a dental checkup recently, it is important not just for the health of your teeth and gums but also because regular visits to your dentist can help save you from oral cancer. Early detection is key, and at Coshocton Dentistry, we provide oral cancer screenings with every checkup. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Esthetic Bonding- A Quick and Affordable Way to Change Your Smile

September 24th, 2019

Changing Your Smile with Esthetic Bonding

Esthetic bonding is just one of many ways we at Coshocton Dentistry can help you get the smile you have always wanted.

What is Esthetic Bonding?

Esthetic bonding is a cosmetic procedure where we can restore decayed, cracked, uneven teeth, and more. The process is extremely easy, as we apply a resin to your teeth to help fill in gaps and shape your teeth to look more uniform and give you the smile you want.

What are the Advantages of Esthetic Bonding?

Alternative treatments that will give you the same results as esthetic bonding are veneers or crowns. However, these treatments can be costly and time-consuming. Whereas, esthetic bonding is an affordable and fast procedure. In fact, most esthetic bonding treatments only take about an hour!

With this simple procedure, we can help change your smile and your life. A happy smile helps boost your self-esteem. In the example in the video, this patient said she never smiled because she was so embarrassed by her teeth. After she had the esthetic bonding done, she was so happy and said she wished she had done it sooner.


If you are looking to change your smile, esthetic bonding could be a great option for you. Contact us at Coshocton Dentistry today to schedule an appointment either on the phone or through our website!

Pregnancy and Your Oral Health

September 18th, 2019

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in your life full of excitement and new experiences. However, sometimes pregnancy can cause some undesirable oral conditions. The good news is that you can still maintain a healthy smile during your pregnancy as long as you take extra preclusions along the way.

Tips to Keep Your Mouth Healthy During Pregnancy

  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste two to three times a day for two minutes and flossing between your teeth.
  • Increase hormone levels and changes in hygiene habits can result in swollen bleeding gums called pregnancy gingivitis. Ignoring this could lead to a more serious infection, which can result in pain, high blood pressure, and even premature birth.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Sugary cravings and changes in eating habits could lead to cavities and even infected teeth, which could be harmful to your baby.
  • Consider adding an oral rinse or an electric toothbrush to your daily routine.
  • If you have morning sickness, rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda and water to help neutralize acids in your mouth. Frequent vomiting could permanently erode the enamel on your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water with fluoride either from a fluoridated water supply or bottled water or fluoride. This can not only help keep your teeth strong and healthy but also help your baby's developing teeth.
  • Visit your dentist, inform your dentist of any significant changes in your mouth so they can be addressed promptly.

Contact Us at Coshocton Dentistry

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, we'd be happy to talk to you about how we can help keep you and your baby's oral health the best it can be. You can visit us online or contact us over the phone to talk about any questions you have.