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Posts for: October, 2017

Do you avoid the Dentist?  Does the thought of sitting in a Dental Chair give you anxiety?  You’re not alone -- many people are afraid of the Dentist!  Some will endure a painful toothache for weeks or months to avoid having to step foot in a Dental Office.

It doesn’t have to be this way and Sedation Dentistry at Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, Massachusetts may be the answer!  Martins Dental Partners offers multiple Sedation Dentistry options to help patients cope with everything from their regular cleanings to large procedures such Dental Implants.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry is the practice of using various types of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures.  The levels of Sedation are as follows:

  • Minimal Sedation: You remain completely awake but are in a relaxed state.
  • Moderate or Conscious Sedation: You’re conscious but extremely relaxed.  You’ll have some recollection of your experience but it will likely be limited.
  • Deep Sedation: You’re on the edge of Consciousness but can be awakened quickly if needed.  You will not remember much, if any, of the procedure.

What Types of Sedation Options are Available?

  • Nitrous Oxide (i.e. "laughing gas"):  The most commonly used medicine to achieve Minimal Sedation is Nitrous Oxide.  Nitrous Oxide, which is a gas that helps patients relax, is combined with oxygen and administered using a mask placed over the patient’s nose. The dentist can control the amount of gas administered to the patient and the gas typically wears of quickly once the Doctor has stopped administering it. 
  • Oral Sedation: Oral Sedation can range from Minimal to Moderate depending on the drug and dosage being used.  Typically, the drug will come in the form of a pill and will be taken 1-2 hours prior to the procedure.  If Minimal Sedation is desired, the dosage provided will cause drowsiness but allow the patient to remain completely awake.  If Moderate sedation is needed, a larger dose can further relax the patient and even enable the patient to fall asleep during the procedure.
  • IV Sedation:  To achieve Moderate to Deep Sedation, IV Sedation can be used.  With IV Sedation, the patient receives a Sedative drug through an IV.  Because the IV introduces the Sedative directly into the blood stream it works very quickly.  IV Sedation also allows the Doctor to adjust the level of Sedation as needed by increasing or decreasing the amount of Sedative being delivered to the patient.  IV Sedation is performed by our partner, Dr. Corey Collins, a board certified anesthesiologist trained in administering IV Sedation and monitoring the patient's safety throughout their procedure.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for you?

Martins Dental Partners recommends a comprehensive exam and discussion regarding the patient’s personal goals as well as the benefits and risks of Sedation Dentistry.  Some of the common reasons patients choose Sedation Dentistry are:

  • The patient has a fear of the Dentist that prevents them from visiting a Dentist for regular care or necessary treatment
  • The patient needs to undergo an invasive or time consuming dental procedure
  • The patient has difficulty coping with dental procedures due to severe gag-reflex

Martins Dental Partners is built upon the philosophy that a relaxing and enjoyable dental visit is possible.  In support of this mission, we are proud to offer a range of Sedation Dentistry options for those patients who’ve avoided dental treatment due to anxiety or simply prefer not to actively participate in their dental experience.  Whether you need wisdom teeth extractions, invasive dental procedures or are merely afraid of “the chair”, Dr. Valerie Martins and the team at Martins Dental Partners can provide several Sedation Dentistry options to enable you to relax and have your dental work completed in a stress-free and safe environment.

Call Martins Dental Partners now at 978-279-2400 or make an appointment using our website to schedule a free consultation. We are conveniently located at 130 Cabot Street in beautiful Beverly, MA.

Are you too embarrassed to wear metal braces? You can straighten your smile without hiding it. Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal invisalignbraces. Dr. Valerie Martins, Dr. Sukhpreet Heer, and Dr. Suzanne Fisher at Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA, offer a complete range of General and Cosmetic Dental Services including Invisalign.

Here are some reasons to consider Invisalign:

  • Invisalign is Comfortable- While traditional braces are effective in repositioning the teeth, they can be uncomfortable to wear and they can irritate your gums. Invisalign aligners are made from a BPA-free thermoplastic material. The aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear, so you will be able to wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day without much effort. 
  • Invisalign is Removable- Invisalign aligners are not only comfortable to wear, they're also removable. Invisalign will straighten your teeth without the restrictions that come with traditional braces. With metal braces, you may have to avoid eating certain foods because they can become stuck in your braces. With Invisalign, you will be able to eat all your favorite foods and brush and floss as you normally would.
  • Invisalign is Invisible- You can straighten your teeth without a mouthful of metal. Many individuals love the fact that Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. There are no metal wires or brackets and nobody will notice that you're wearing them, making Invisalign perfect for your lifestyle. Plus, since your dental visits during treatment won't involve wire or metal adjustments, you'll likely spend less time in the dentist's chair.

Millions of people from across the globe have straightened their smiles with Invisalign. Perhaps it's time you joined them? Remember, a better life starts with a beautiful smile!

Call Martins Dental Partners now at 978-279-2400 or make an appointment using our website to schedule a free consultation. We are conveniently located at 130 Cabot Street in beautiful Beverly, MA.

Martins Dental Partners - Use Your Dental Benefits Before They ExpireThe end of the year is fast approaching. Have you made the most of your dental insurance benefits? 

Many flexible spending, annual deductibles, health savings and overall insurance benefits are about to renew for 2018.  Use your remaining dental benefits to maintain your oral wellness and limit your out of pocket expenses.

From cleanings to cavity fillings, or even getting started on more complicated dental work such as Dental Implants, we can help you maximize the dental care you are still eligible to receive based on your coverage. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late -- schedule an appointment before the holidays. For information on all the Dental services we provide or to schdule an apointment, please call (978) 288-1946 or request an appointment using our website.

Martins Dental Partners
130 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915

October 06, 2017
Category: Community
Tags: Holiday  

Join Martins Dental Partners for Beverly Main Street's "Downtown Trick or Treat" on Thursday, October 26th from 4-6PM.

Martins Dental Partners is a multi-specialty General & Cosmetic Dental Practice located in Beverly, MA. Our mission is to perfect the Dental experience.  We believe a relaxing & enjoyable dental visit is possible and strive to exceed any expectations you have regarding a visit to the Dentist.  For more information or to schedule an appointment please, call (978) 288-1946 or request an appointment using our website.

Martins Dental Partners
130 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915

A periodontist is a dentist specialized in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and problems related to the supporting bone around teeth. Periodontists obtain at least three years of additional training after Dental School in which they focus on regenerative procedures, tooth extractions and the replacement of teeth using dental implants.  Periodontists also perform a range of cosmetic procedures that allow them to provide patients with a beautiful, healthy smile.

Martins Dental Partners is a multi-specialty General & Cosmetic Dental Practice located in Beverly, Massachusetts.  Dr. Valerie Martins, one of the founders of Martins Dental Partners, is a Board-Certified Periodontist trained at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA.  She has been in private practice for over 7 years and has placed over 1,000 implants.  Dr. Martins is a specialist with the advanced training and certifications you're looking for when considering a single dental implant, a complete smile makeover or anything in between.

Are you interested in more information regarding dental implants or preventing, diagnosing and treating gum related issues including gum disease?  If so, please give us a call at (978) 288-1946 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

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Martins Dental Partners
130 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915