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The use of anesthesia is intended to make you as comfortable as possible during your dental procedure. Anesthesia is safe, and will be administered by a trained provider. You and Dr. Geare will decide on the amount of anesthesia that is right for you.

Before you receive anesthesia, be certain that you’ve told Dr. Geare about the medications you are currently taking and any allergies you have. Some forms of anesthesia require that you do not eat or drink prior to your dental appointment. If you have questions about your anesthesia, be sure to talk with [your dentist.] There are several types of dental anesthesia:

Local anesthesia is administered by application or injection in one area of your mouth. This method numbs your tissue for a short period of time. Dr. Geare will probably choose this method when filling cavities, and it is the most common anesthesia used in dental offices.

Conscious sedation is intended to help you relax during your dental procedure. It can be administered as an inhalant, such as nitrous oxide, or by oral or injected sedative. This method allows you to be relaxed, but still reactive to speech or touch.

Deep sedation is used when too much movement can hamper the safe completion of your procedure. Deep sedation can be administered as a sedative, or at times general anesthetic is required. During deep sedation or general anesthesia you will be unconscious or unable to respond to verbal commands.

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For some, anxiety is a normal part of visiting the dentist. There are any number of factors that can make you anxious about your dental visit. Our staff has a long history of patient care and will explain to you by phone what to expect during your appointment. We will answer all of your questions, and hopefully reduce your level of anxiety and put you at ease before you even enter our office.

Dr. Geare wants you to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your procedure. We offer diversions such as [television, digital music players, movies and even virtual reality glasses].

If you are bringing your child to our office, we are happy to provide a tour and explain the instruments so that your child is more comfortable. Of course, we welcome you to accompany your young children if that will reduce their level of anxiety.

Helpful Tips

Caffeine and sugar have a tendency to make you more anxious, so try to avoid them before your dental appointment. Eating something with protein, like a high-protein bar, prior to your appointment could provide have a calming effect. During your procedure, remember to focus on your breathing. Breathe slowly. Like most anxieties, talking about your concerns can really help calm you down. So try talking with Dr. Geare about your fears and apprehensions beforehand.

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Canker and cold sores share a few common traits. They both occur in and around the mouth, and both cause discomfort. Unsure which type you have? Here is a description of each:

Canker sores are not contagious and generally appear inside your mouth. They are caused by bacteria and can occur after a shock, such as biting the inside of your cheek or poking your gums unintentionally. Canker sores generally last one to two weeks.

Cold sores are contagious and appear outside your mouth, generally around your lips. They are viral and caused by the herpes simplex virus. This is not the same virus that causes genital herpes, don’t worry! These small, clear blisters generally last for one week.

Many over-the-counter medications can soothe the pain and discomfort of your canker or cold sores.

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