Martin-Taylor: General Dentists and Oral Surgeons
After waking up in excruciating pain, Ellen looked in the mirror and literally screamed. Although she had gone to a dentist the week before and was put on antibiotics for an infected wisdom tooth, her entire face had swollen up so much overnight that it was totally distorted. She knew something was terribly wrong. Ellen called her neighbor Claire and asked if she would mind taking all the kids to school. Ellen explained what was going on and said she thought she needed to go to the emergency room. Claire said, “We’ll be in your driveway in 5 minutes. You and I will drop the kids at school and then I am taking you to my dentists’ office! Dr. Martin and Dr. Taylor are not just the best dentists in town but also excellent oral surgeons!”
The moment Dr. Jeff Martin saw Ellen’s misshapen face he knew that just putting her on antibiotics was not the answer. Antibiotics can prevent infection and sometimes can slow bacterial growth, but in cases like Ellen’s the cause of the infection must be addressed. Dr. Martin was able to immediately remove the wisdom tooth and clear out the massive amount of infection that had accumulated. By the time she left his office, just an hour or so later, she was amazed how much relief she was already experiencing.
What types of oral surgery can Drs. Martin and Taylor perform?
- Removal of fractured or severely decayed teeth
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Dental implants
All of these types of surgeries can be done right in the dental offices of Martin-Taylor Dentistry using conscious sedation. Drs. Martin and Taylor have all of the needed equipment and skill to perform all of the above listed procedures. In rare cases, general anesthesia is needed, in which case Drs. Martin and Taylor would have an anesthesiologist come right to their office.
Can’t All Dentists Perform Oral Surgery?
Many general dentists do not do oral surgery of any kind, but instead refer their patients out to an oral surgeon. When asked why this was the case, Dr. Martin explained that only 5% of general dentists are licensed to use conscious sedation. Dr. Martin also said that many general dentists simply do not like doing surgery or have not done enough surgeries to feel comfortable. Furthermore, it can take some dentists almost twice as long to perform the same procedure as Drs. Martin and Taylor simply because an inexperienced dentist is not as proficient. Patients at Martin-Taylor Dentistry love that they can get the oral surgery they need in the same office, with the same dentists and staff they have come to know and trust.
What About Sedation?
Conscious sedation is the use of anxiety-reducing medication such as nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”), which is inhaled and causes feelings of relaxation and dissociation. Or the dentist can administer an oral sedative, such as Halcion. While these sedatives may help people feel calmer and sometimes drowsy during dental treatment, patients are still conscious and able to communicate with the dental staff. Conscious sedation, used in tandem with a numbing agent applied directly to the area, makes for a totally pain-free experience but still allows the dentist to have the patient rest their jaw or bite down to check alignment.
Why Don’t All Dentists Use Conscious Sedation?
As we mentioned earlier, not all dentists are licensed to use conscious sedation. In order to be licensed, Drs. Martin and Taylor have been specially trained to be able to provide their patients, including their pediatric patients, with this service. The combined experience and knowledge of Dr. Martin and Dr Taylor in this area is extensive. In fact, Dr. Martin himself is one of the examiners for the State Dental Board who makes sure other dentists are properly trained and have the correct equipment to use conscious sedation. Patients can be assured they are in highly qualified hands.
Ellen returned to see Dr. Martin two days after her emergency surgery for a follow up visit. The improvement was beyond remarkable! Not only had the disfigurement totally vanished but her pain level had dropped to zero. She was now fully aware of why her neighbor Claire had been so insistent she go to Martin-Taylor Dentistry. She would never go to another dentist.
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