By The Foundry Dental Center
November 18, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: sedation dentistry  

This common fear can be eliminated through the use of sedation dentistry.

Some patients can come in and out of the dentist without thinking twice about it. It feels no different than running to the grocery store or commuting to work; however, for others, anxiety can sneak up the minute your dentist calls with a friendly reminder about your next visit. You don’t want to feel stressed out over your appointment but you’re not quite sure how to stop it. Do you experience any of these symptoms?

  • You’re nervous or have problems sleeping the night before your dental appointment
  • Your nerves get the better of you in the waiting room
  • Thinking about the dentist makes you feel like crying
  • Visualizing dental tools makes you anxious
  • You feel physically sick whenever you think about your upcoming visit
  • You feel panicky or having problems breathing while in the dental chair

If any of the experiences above sound familiar to you, it could be dental anxiety. You aren’t alone! We’ve worked with many anxious patients before. Through the use of sedation dentistry we can give patients a stress-free and relaxing dental experience. Here are the types of sedation we offer:

Oral Sedation: This is the most common and popular option for many of our patients because all it requires is swallowing a pill. Some of the most often prescribed medications include Valium®, Halcion® and Versed®. These medications have been studied and tested for safety and efficacy. Some have even been known to produce amnesic effects, meaning you may remember little to nothing about your appointment.

Inhalation Sedation: Better known as nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”, this sedation is administered through the nose. This is not meant to be a pain reliever, however. This is primarily to help relieve anxiety during your visit. Oxygen is combined with nitrous oxide to give you a pleasant and euphoric experience without the side effects that you might get with other medications.

IV Conscious Sedation: This sedative is administered into the bloodstream so the effects are almost instantaneous and significantly strong than the other two forms of sedation. With this immediate effect, it’s important that we monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and breathing while under IV sedation. The biggest advantage of this sedation is that it is fast acting and highly effective. Again, while under IV sedation you won’t remember anything about your procedure upon waking.

Sedation dentistry in Bessemer has helped countless patients overcome their fear of the dentist. It could help you, too. If you’re interested in finding out more about how sedation could make your next visit easier, give us a call.

By The Foundry Dental Center
October 06, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Cigarette smoking is the most common form of tobacco use. In 2012, it was reported that 42 million people in the U.S. were active smokers, and this addictive habit can do more than damage your lungs—it can cause tooth decay, jawbone recession, gum disease and oral cancer.

How Does Smoking Lead to Dental Problems?

Tobacco products can affect the relationship between gum tissue and teeth. Studies have shown that tobacco interferes with gum tissue cells and their normal function. If gum tissue cells can’t function properly, it’s difficult for blood flow to the gums. Ultimately, it’s hard for the body to fight off bacteria and infection in the mouth, resulting in gum disease and other problems. Plus, smoking increases plaque buildup on the teeth, and this can break down the enamel and start cavities.

Benefits of Quitting woman at the dentist

Besides the lowered risk of lung cancer, quitting smoking can be beneficial for other reasons:
  • Breathe easier
  • Feel healthier
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, gum disease, and oral cancer
  • Gets rid of bad breath
  • Helps keep tooth stains at bay
  • Reduces plaque buildup


What We Strive to Do

Life is full of bumps and sharp turns, and sometimes we all could use a helping hand. At Foundry Dental Center, we help provide restorative dental services to the Bessemer community. It’s also our mission to restore the smiles of patients in addiction recovery programs.
If you want to know more about general or implant dentistry, please call the Foundry Dental Center at (205) 434-2031.  
By The Foundry Dental Center
September 16, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
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mens health monthArchived dental articles from the Academy of General Dentistry and Journal of Periodontology have suggested that men are less likely to adhere to preventative dental care at home. We hope it’s improved in recent years, and since June National Men’s Health Month, we are taking this time to remind all men that oral health is important to overall health.
Oral Health and Its Connection to Overall Health
The mouth-body connection is a popular discussion, and studies are starting to see a relationship between gum disease and diabetes, heart disease and pregnancy.
  • Diabetes and oral health – inflammation in the mouth (due to bacteria infecting the gum tissue) has been linked to how the body controls blood sugar.
  • Heart disease and oral health – it’s suspected that gum disease plays a direct role in raising the risk of heart disease.
  • Pregnancy and oral health – researchers speculate that inflammation of the mouth related to infection can possibly affect the development of a fetus in the womb.
What Does At-Home Care Do for You? 
At-home dental care is your battle strategy against the enemy formally known as plaque bacteria. With a toothbrush and floss as weapons, it’s much easier to remove bacteria before it forms into plaque and tartar. Buildup breaks down the enamel, increasing the risk of cavities. And cavities can lead to gingivitis and gum disease.
Without at-home dental care, these issues can easily arise, but an oral hygiene regimen puts a stop to these problems before they start. If tooth decay isn’t prevented, then that’s when you seek the care of a dentist.
Check On Your Oral Health This June at Our Bessemer Dental Practice
If you don’t have an annual dental checkup scheduled, you should. Bi-annual visits will keep you motivated and on task when it comes to your oral health. If you don’t seek a dentist’s advice and preventative treatment, you could be risking more problems and advanced dental treatment down the road.
Call us to find out what openings we have this month and in July. It’s better to get your exam out of the way before summer vacation ends!
Do you have a dental concern? Call our Bessemer dentist office, The Foundry Dental Center, for an exam. 
By The Foundry Dental Center
March 14, 2014
Category: None
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Welcome to the Blog of The Foundry Dental Center

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Bessemer, AL area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

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