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Dental Care for the Patient with Fibromyalgia

The fibromyalgia patient faces many daily challenges in accomplishing seemingly ordinary activities. Going to the dentist can be among the routine ventures that can pose a special difficulty for the fibromyalgia patient. Patients may have limitations in their ability to open their mouth sufficiently for the dentist to provide treatment. Jaw muscles can quickly fatigue in the open position resulting in temporomandibular joint pain. This struggle can complicate the ability of the dentist to perform quality dentistry, not to mention the comfort of the patient in the dental chair. Other patients have the sense that they have suffered enough from the fibromyalgia, and want their dental treatment rendered as comfortably as possible. Doctors, sometimes unfamiliar with the needs of fibromyalgia patients, may prescribe insufficient post-operative pain relievers.

Fortunately, there are ways to increase the comfort of the fibromyalgia patient in the dental chair. Intravenous sedation can render the delivery of dental care as comfortable as possible for patients with fibromyalgia. The entire body and mind can be relaxed. There is less strain for the patient in keeping their mouth open. Special "tooth pillows" allow the patient to hold their mouth open without undo strain. Dental pain, temporomandibular joint pain, and general body discomfort can be relieved to a great degree, by use of intravenous sedation during dental care. Cervical pillows can be used to support the neck more comfortably than a conventional headrest. Oral premedication can be used for relaxation during minor procedures when the patient feels they do not require intravenous sedation. All phases of routine dental care are accomplished with the least possible discomfort. Cosmetic dental care and all that modern dentistry has to offer, is more comfortably available now to fibromyalgia patients.

 

 

 

 

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SLEEP is Physiologic, Sedation is Pharmacologic.  SEDATON IS NOT SLEEP and we at Sedation Dental Care make no implication that the two are the same in any way. We are extensively trained in sedation and exceed the boards oral sedation requirements by 5 times. We are qualified to sedate you not put you sleep. Please note we do provide General Anesthesia for those who qualify and need more then basic oral and IV sedation.

Please note there are only 7 recognized specialties in dentistry. Sedation, Cosmetics and Treating High Fear Patients are not included in board recognized specialties. We hope our hundreds of hours of Sedation, Emergency Training and Cosmetic Training coupled with hundreds of sedations we have done will allow us to give you the level of dentistry you are looking for.  When considering a dentist please always ask about credentials and training before you make a selection. We at Sedation Dental Care Hope you choose us and look forward to seeing you.

“Wake up to a Beautiful Smile” is a jingle not everyone wants a new smile. Beautiful Smile means different things to everyone and is based on your specific needs desires and qualifications. Not everyone is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry.  We will have a personalized smile evaluation to see if your smile desires are achievable and appropriate for you and your personal needs.

Sedation & Cosmetic General Dentists serving the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, Clayton, Garner, Smithfield, Knightdale, and Wake Forest area. Also providing Full Implant Restoration, Mini Dental Implant Placement, Denture Stabilization, Zoom ® whitening/bleaching, and most other general dentistry procedures.

3917 Sunset Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27607
Call: 783-9686  or  1-800-543-6853