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Dental, Cosmetic & Laser Treatments in Chertsey, Surrey
Telephone 01932 570 099 | Email reception@esteticaa.co.uk

Dental, Cosmetic & Laser Treatments in Chertsey, Surrey

Telephone 01932 570 099

Email reception@esteticaa.co.uk

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News & stories relating to our dental & cosmetic treatments.

Inhalation sedation, laughing gas, relative analgesia, RA, happy gas, gas and air, nitrous, nitrous oxide, N2O-O2… this one has more names than any other sedation technique! Inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide (N2O) and oxygen (O2) has been described as “representing the most nearly ‘ideal’ clinical sedative circumstance”…

What is it? And what does it do?

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is simply a gas which you can breathe in. It has no color, smell, and doesn’t irritate. It was discovered in 1772. Humphrey Davy (1778-1829), one of the pioneers of N2O experimentation, described the effects of N2O on himself following self-administration for a toothache and gum infection as follows:

“On the day when the inflammation was the most troublesome, I breathed three large doses of nitrous oxide. The pain always diminished after the first four or five inspirations; the thrilling came on as usual, and uneasiness was for a few minutes swallowed up in pleasure.”

 The extract above pretty much summarizes the effects of nitrous oxide: it kills pain – and it induces a pleasurable feeling. After 5 minutes or so of breathing in the gas, you should feel a euphoric feeling spread throughout your body. It really kind of feels like a ‘happy drunk’ feeling. Some people find that there are auditory or visual effects as well. You will feel a bit light headed and often people get ‘the giggles’ (hence the name laughing gas!). As an interesting aside, nitrous oxide was one of the drugs of choice for young people in the late 1700s and early 1800s, when laughing gas demonstrations were a popular source of entertainment and enjoyment.

How does nitrous oxide work?

Depending on the concentration and length of administration of laughing gas, four levels of sedation can be experienced (after an initial feeling of light-headedness):

  1. a tingling sensation, especially in the arms and legs, or a feeling of vibration (“parasthesia”), quickly followed by
  2. warm sensations, and
  3. a feeling of well-being, euphoria and/or floating. During heavier sedation, hearing may dissolve into a constant, electronic-like throbbing.
  4. At a deeper level of sedation again, sleepiness, difficulty to keep one’s eyes open or speak (“dream”) can occur. 

How is nitrous oxide administered?

The equipment used for delivering “happy gas” is quite simple. It consists of a supply of compressed gases and an apparatus which delivers the gases to the client. By turning some knobs and on/off switches, the administrator can produce the desired mix of N2O-O2 in the desired quantities. Flowmeters and pressure gauges allow the administrator to keep an eye on the flow of gases.

The desired N2O-O2 mix is fed through a tube to which a nasal hood or cannulae is attached. This hood is put over your nose. All you have to do now is breathe normally through your nose.

Photo of a mask used for administering nitrous oxide

In modern machines there is a sort of double mask (see photo) where the outside mask is connected to a vacuum machine to suck away the waste gas – you wouldn’t want your dentist to get a face full of N2O… The white inside mask, which is placed over your nose, comes in lots of yummy scents – such as vanilla, strawberry, and mint! 

If you are interested in having this procedure and require more information about please call our surgery number 01932570099 and book in for a FREE consultation.

 

 

Invisalign brace image of difference to traditional braceHave you ever thought about having braces to straighten your teeth and improve your smile? To be honest, it’s not exactly everyone’s cup of tea. “A little bit conscious of wearing the traditional brace’ is one fairly regular comment made. If you feel like that, why not consider Invisalign braces  ?

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth.

Wearing the aligners, which are changed every two weeks, will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you. What’s more, a virtual 3D treatment plan shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment.

If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign braces are your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other treatment works as comfortably asInvisalign. It is far and away the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life.

Four benefits of Invisalign braces are:

  1. Clear aligners that are virtually invisible
  2. Smooth comfortable plastic aligners
  3. Aligners are removable for easy cleaning
  4. You can eat whatever you want

Estetica is a dental practice based in Chertsey, Surrey where owner Dr Sina Salimi speaks highly of the treatment and the success rate that has attracted so many clients to the practice in recent years. He said; “One of our patients, Lilly, is a 29 year old professional lady who came to us because she was unhappy with her smile. She felt that a good smile would affect her personal and professional life.

“After considering different options, fixed, removable or invisible braces , Lilly opted for Invisalign. Her treatment began in June 2012 after a full consultation during which the process was explained to her. A number of plastic attachments were placed on the teeth for a period of 12 months, during which Lilly made regular visits to the hygienist.

“Lilly has experienced no discomfort whatsoever and as you can see by the pictures below, the progress has been significant. I am delighted as the dentist and we are even happier that as a patient, Lilly is very happy with the progress. We aim to keep you posted once treatment is finished.”

Invisalign before and after images

Have you had Invisalign braces or any sort of braces?   What was your experience? Share your thoughts with our readers below.

If you are living in the Surrey area and want to speak with someone about the possibility of this wonderful, modern day treatment, contact Dr Salimi here atEstetica.  You can also keep up to date with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Brushing is Not Enough-Are You Flossing Your Teeth as well?

 

Flossing and tooth brushing go hand-in-hand as the mainstays of good oral care, and proper technique is important for both activities. Using the correct techniques for twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing will help promote oral health for the long term.

Even if you've been brushing and flossing your teeth since childhood, you may have developed some bad habits over the years, such as brushing too hard, ignoring your back teeth and forgetting to floss.

Keep these techniques in mind when you brush your teeth, whether before or after flossing:

  • Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line.
  • When brushing your teeth, move the brush back and forth gently over the front, back and top (chewing surface) of your teeth. Don’t scrub hard along the gum line; you can irritate your gums.
  • Remember to brush (and floss) behind your lower (bottom) front teeth. Use the top bristles of the brush to reach this area. If this area is hard for you to reach with regular floss, try a floss holder or disposable flosser.

Other elements of complete oral care include brushing your tongue. You'll freshen your breath and eliminate even more cavity-causing bacteria. Also, if you’re at risk for plaque buildup or gum disease, consider adding an antiseptic mouth rinse to your complete oral care routine.

 

 

In a perfect world, there would be no cavities – but unfortunately that would mean there would have to be no sugar, and let’s be honest, that’s never going to happen.

Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet isn’t just important to your overall health, its important to your oral health as well. Frequent or prolonged intake of sugary foods enables bacteria to maintain an acidic environment on the surface of your teeth. Soft and sticky foods cling to the biting surfaces of the teeth and stay there until it’s brushed off. Saliva will spread the sugar between the teeth, and to the front and back.

So how do cavities occur and that ugly dental decay?

Every time you eat, plaque and bacteria in your mouth mix with the sugar and starch from the food you ingest, creating an acidic environment in your mouth. This acid softens the enamel of your teeth, and without proper oral hygiene, can expose your teeth to troublesome cavities.

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How to reduce the risk of decay:

  • Brush daily with fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Follow your country’s food guide necessary for a healthy diet.
  • When eating starchy foods such as bread, cereal and pasta, minimize the time teeth are exposed by eating them with meals rather than snacking on them throughout the day.
    • Substitute sugary snacks with sugar-free gum and mints. Xylitol found in some chewing gums has been found to reduce risk of cavities. This can help reduce cavities and increase saliva flow.
    • Drink high-sugar beverages through a straw, then rinse mouth with water and brush within 30 minutes. But be careful, brushing to quickly following a meal can damage your teeth’s enamel.
    • Rinsing with water after eating can help cleanse the teeth before brushing.

 

 

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