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PPDI Offers Computer Guided Surgery

Guided surgery results in less invasive, more accurate, safer, faster surgery with less post-operative discomfort and faster healing. It involves use of CT scan imagery and computer imagery to precisely place implants relative to critical anatomic structures. Guided surgery directs implant positioning for superior function and appearance.

Our Practice Is Proficient With Seven Different Types of Implant Systems. Each As Unique As You and Your Patients.

-As a dental implant surgeon, Dr. McNamara is uniquely qualified in that he is proficient in the placement of six different FDA approved implant systems. The manufacturers of these systems include Ankylos, Astra Tech, Nobel Biocare, Straumann and Zimmer. Further, he is proficient in placement of 3M-Imtec mini-implants and has experience in the Biohorizons implant system. This allows Dr. McNamara to place the system preferred by your restoring dentist, and to choose the best implant system for individual applications.

Relieve Dental Anxiety with Conscious Sedation

Do you suffer from moderate or severe dental anxiety? Have you put off necessary dental procedures because you're scared or have a significant fear of pain? If so, PPDI can help. Whether you're an adult that's apprehensive about receiving dental care or a parent looking to calm your child's nerves, PPDI can help you relax.

PPDI offers patients Oral Conscious Sedation, Inhalation Conscious Sedation and Intravenous Conscious Sedation.

What is Oral Sedation Dentistry?
Oral Sedation is a safe and effective way to treat mild to moderate anxiety. The dentist prescribes a mild sedative in pill format that you pick up from your pharmacy prior to your scheduled appointment. Generally, patients take the medication at home one hour prior to their procedure. By the time they arrive at their appointment the patient should be completely relaxed. Typically, this form of sedation wears off relatively quickly after a procedure is performed. In some cases, the patient may take a pill to help with sleep the night before, another the morning of the appointment and, if still anxious an additional pill one hour before the appointment. We usually recommend morning appointments in these instances, and it is necessary for the patient to have a person drive them to and from the appointment.

What is Inhalation Sedation?
Inhalation sedation or "laughing gas" (nitrous oxide) is another type of sedation dentistry administered in gas form. The patient inhales through a nose mask at the beginning of an appointment. Within minutes, the patient is induced into a relaxed, anxiety-free state. Typically, after the nitrous takes effect, the dentist administers a dental anesthetic, completing numbing the patient prior to the procedure. Most patients have less notice of the anesthetic being administered. Usually, the sedative wears off within a few minutes, at which point the patient can resume normal activities. Patients can drive themselves to and from their appointment with this technique.

What is Intravenous Conscious Sedation?
If you suffer from severe dental anxiety or significant fear of pain, intravenous (IV) conscious sedation may be an excellent option. A properly certified anesthetist or anesthesiologist administers a strong sedative by injection into the bloodstream at the beginning of the dental appointment. This sedative takes effect instantly, inducing a relaxed state. The sedative is monitored continuously throughout the procedure to maintain the sedatives effectiveness. In addition, the patient's breathing, pulse, blood pressure and heart rate are continuously monitored throughout the procedure. With this technique, most patients have little to no memory of the procedure.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, please contact our office to learn more about sedation dentistry.