Dr. Edward Romano and Dr. Matthew Vaccaro with Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey talk about advanced sedation dentistry techniques to help conquer a problem that has plagued people for generations: fear of the dentist.
Morristown, NJ – As much as 50 percent of the population in America has been said to have some degree of dental anxiety, and many people do not attain necessary dental care because of it. Dr. Edward Romano and Dr. Matthew Vaccaro, dentists in Morristown, New Jersey, want to change that. The doctors say, with new technologies and techniques adopted by more and more dentists every day, dental fears can not only be reduced – they can be conquered.
In a recent blog entry on Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey’s website titled “Facing and Conquering Fear of the Dentist,” Drs. Romano and Vaccaro talk about some of the dangers of letting dental anxiety overcome one’s need for treatment. While many people have understandable reasons to be anxious – fear of needles and long treatment times, teeth and gum sensitivity, discomfort with sights, sounds, and sensations of dental treatment – the doctors say succumbing to dental anxiety can make minor dental problems much worse, endangering a person’s oral health and perhaps even their health in general. However, Dr. Romano notes, sedation dentistry options, also known as sleep dentistry, offer a way to help patients completely relax and even enjoy a dental treatment.
In a follow-up blog post called “Sedation Dentistry Techniques to Ease the Anxious Mind,” Dr. Romano and Dr. Vaccaro discuss options such as I-V sedation and oral conscious sedation. With I-V sedation, the patient is given intravenous sedation and is placed into a deep sleep throughout the entire procedure – unaware of anything that is going on during treatment. The dentists say this technique is often very effective for patients who suffer from extreme fear of dental treatment. On the other hand, they note that oral conscious sedation is becoming a very popular alternative to which many patients have responded very well. Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill about one hour before the procedure. The pill will give the patient a feeling of extraordinary relaxation, possibly even allowing them to enter into a light sleep. With this technique, the patient is not unconscious and is able to communicate with the dentist; however, they should be so relaxed during treatment that they will likely not even remember it’s taken place until it’s over.
For both I-V and oral conscious sedation treatments, Dr. Vaccaro says the patient is monitored at all times to ensure their safety. He also advises that patients who opt for sedation dentistry be sure to have someone available to drive them to and from the practice since it will take some time for the effects to wear off.
Dr. Romano and Dr. Vaccaro say nobody should have to risk pain, the loss of teeth, or worse consequences simply because they suffer from dental anxiety. With sedation dentistry, the doctors believe dental fears can be conquered and patients can achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful smiles.
About Edward A. Romano, DDS
Dr. Romano has been a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for nearly 20 years. He is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and many other organizations. He has been a practicing dentist for more than two decades. Dr. Romano serves as an attending dentist at Morristown Memorial Hospital in addition to his duties as President of Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey, his private practice. A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Dentistry, Dr. Romano has been featured in a variety of media programs and stories on outlets such as CNN, NBC, and MSNBC. Dr. Romano and team of dentists at Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey offer cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and reconstructive dental care options. Dr. Romano is available for interview upon request.
About Matthew M. Vaccaro, DDS
Dr. Vaccaro earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo, graduating with honors. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Vaccaro is also an attending doctor at Morristown Memorial Hospital. He has earned awards for his accomplishments in prosthodontics and dental implant placement, and is an active participant in the Morris Seminars – a dental society for continuing education. Dr. Vaccaro is available for interview upon request.
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