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Guidelines for antibiotic premedication prior to dental procedures are constantly changing. As such, we recommend patients consult with their physician regarding their individual case in order to decide what is best for them. Current guidelines for antibiotic premedication are as follows:
- prosthetic cardiac valve or prosthetic material used for cardiac valve repair
- a history of infective endocarditis
- a cardiac transplant that develops cardiac valvulopathy
- the following congenital (present from birth) heart disease:
- unrepaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, including palliative shunts and conduits
- a completely repaired congenital heart defect with prosthetic material or device, whether placed by surgery or by catheter intervention, during the first six months after the procedure
- any repaired congenital heart defect with residual defect at the site or adjacent to the site of a prosthetic patch or a prosthetic device (that inhibit endothelialization)
For most people, brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing once a day is ideal. This gets is enough to get off most of the bacteria before it hardens and has the chance to cause a gum infection or other dental problems. For those patients who are prone to cavities and heavy buildup on their teeth, brushing 3 times a day can help to minimize risk. We recommend waiting 30 minutes after eating to brush however, so the the pH of your saliva can return to a more neutral level.
A lot of people have anxiety about dental pain and dental procedures. Pain is the most common fear patients have of the dentist. At Bowers and Oki Family Dentistry, we aim to make your visit as pain free as possible. We use powerful topical anesthetics to minimize the pain you feel on injection.
While you are in the chair, you are always in control. Should you ever feel pain or sensitivity while working we will immediately stop and administer additional anesthetic as needed to keep you as comfortable and pain free as possible during your dental visit.
We accept all major dental insurances. We are in-network providers with the following insurance companies:
- Delta Dental
- Dental Source
- United Concordia
We recommend checking with your insurance carrier to verify coverage.
Getting your filling or crown should be a pain free and atraumatic experience. Try to eat prior to your appointment, since you will be numb for a few hours following treatment, making eating and drinking after the appointment difficult. When you come to our office remember to bring a list of any new medications you are taking and information on any recent hospitalizations or health changes. If your doctor or surgeon has requested that you take an antibiotic premedication, remember to take the medication 1 hour prior to your appointment. Unless you will be taking an oral sedative, you will be able to drive and return to work after your treatment is complete.