Conscious Sedation – What a Dental Patient Needs to Know

dentist cleaning a mold of someone's mouth

Sedation dentistry is a great tool for the modern clinic that has overly anxious patients. It is very important to ensure patient safety during these types of procedures. It is important to have adequate training and experienced doctors and staff when dealing with sedation.

If a dentist chooses to use sedation on a patient they should be aware of how to handle emergencies and be cognizant of important things like the level of medicine that might lead to overdoses.

It is also good for the entire dentist staff to be certified in CPR. The percentages of ill effects occurring during a sedation cleaning are extremely small, but it is good to be prepared for emergencies.

Like anything practice is important. The dental staff should regularly practice what to do in case of an emergency. Checklists are also extremely helpful because they make the dental team follow step by step procedures which is good for preventing errors. Much like airline pilots have to follow checklists to prevent errors the same is helpful in a dentist’s office.

In addition to regular practice, dental staff should also take frequent or yearly training sessions to learn the latest sedation techniques. The reason why it is so important to practice to train and to continually learn and update your skills is that when an emergency occurs, instinct takes over and you fall back on your training.

A great place to stay sharp and up-to-date on your sedation dentistry skills is at the website for the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

According to the docs website, there are over 90 million Americans who are scared of seeing the dentist. The great benefit of sedation is that it has helped over 20 million reluctant patience to get dental treatment without pain in just the last 20 years.

Because the use of sedation techniques is becoming more widespread throughout the country the docs came up with the idea of a sedation safety week, which is an annual marketing and training effort that demonstrates the industry’s commitment to patients’ safety and comfort.

The sedation safety week is also meant to promote awareness. It is a great platform to educate state regulators and politicians on the importance of proper sedation care. It is an effort to ensure patients have the access they need to the care that will best help them.

You can learn more about the various state regulations by reading this article:

It’s also good to learn more from a dentist that has been trained in conscious sedation and practiced the technique for decades.  If you can talk with an experienced and honest dentist, they will tell you all the benefits, plus some of the downsides.  This type of dentistry is not for everyone, and don’t be surprised if the dentist actually tries to talk you out of it.  That’s probably the sign of a caring dentist.

Dental anesthesiology is here to stay. The American Dental Association has officially recognized sedation as a critical tool for dental care.

The ADA has proven that anesthesiology is a separate skill set from general dentistry that requires extra training, research, and education.

The reason that safety is so important in the field of oral anesthesiology is that well over 50% of patients say that they are interested in receiving a pain-free dental treatment, also known as sedation.

People, in general, want to avoid pain and this is what makes sedation so popular. That combined with an overall dislike in the apprehension of getting your teeth cleaned, means that the demand for sedation dentistry is not only not going anywhere in the future it will only increase.

Due to the growing demand for these services, and increasing regulation, scrutiny, and restriction from the authorities, it has never been more important to educate and train existing dentists and dental students on the benefits to the patients of sedation dentistry.

So we have established that sedation is a tremendously useful and desirable tool for dentists.

Like anything we need to be careful how we use this very important tool. This is especially important in regards to children because they can be at greater risk for unintended and adverse reactions to these drugs.

An important factor in regards to pediatric sedation is to remember that a child’s response to the various levels of sedation can change dramatically within a matter of seconds. For these reasons, child patience needs to be monitored even more closely and require additional training to perform pediatric anesthesiology safely.

One of the biggest safety measures when dealing with children, that the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists ( recommends, is to have a provider that monitors the child throughout the entire procedure, never leaving the child side.

This increased monitoring is needed because child patients can sometimes drop into greater levels of sedation than originally planned. If this occurs, it can be rectified immediately, if they are monitored closely throughout the entire procedure.

It is also a good idea after a sedation procedure to monitor children until they are up and awake, and it’s important they are aware enough to not be at risk for cardio-respiratory problems.

You want to be able to observe a child’s air circulation periodically, at least every 5 to 10 minutes until the child is suitable to be discharged.

There is still work to be done

There is no doubt that the field of sedation dentistry has come a long way period it is safer than ever. But there is still room for improvement.

It is important to study factors that may lead to negative outcomes. it’s important to look at what regulatory agencies are doing that’s working, and also to see areas for improvement…

Quarantined Mental Health

The current situation that is being experienced due to the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus has generated a negative impact on our daily life and consequently, on our mental health. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and generate strong emotions. The change in routine, economic pressure, social isolation, excess information and the uncertainty of what will come in the future, can cause you to fall into a picture of stress, anxiety and even depression due to the fear of feeling without control and not being clear about what to do in the situation.

In the current context of Covid-19, and with regard to chronic patients with a mental illness, it is necessary not to interrupt medical care, guarantee the continuity of professional treatment and maintain the prescribed medication. In general, it is recommended to take into account these three basic tips on how to handle the situation in the times of Covid-19 for patients with depression or other mental illnesses.

Accepting the disease can take a long time, where different problems could arise that affect the mental health of the patient.

Stress, anxiety disorders and anguish are some psychological effects that could affect a person’s mental health when they are diagnosed with diabetes, one of the most well-known chronic diseases in the world.

The emotional impact of changing your lifestyle, eating differently, allocating a budget for medications and in some cases injecting insulin, increases the negativity of the person, which ends up modifying their behaviour and mood.

What negative effects does diabetes have on your mind?

As we well know, diabetes has different types, the best known being Type 1 and 2 Mellitus, which have different causes and patients of different ages, which directly influences the impact that this disease will have on the mind of both a child or an adult.

In the case of Type 1, which mainly affects children and young people, the action of parents will be of utmost importance, since they can transmit their emotional state, fears or anger to their children, causing a significant loss of emotional security of the child. Meanwhile, the adolescent runs the risk of social isolation or emotional disorders that will affect their closest sphere, such as friends or school.

Meanwhile, someone with Type 2 Diabetes should also receive a lot of support from their family or friends, since this increases the probability of having mental health problems and of managing the daily stress of life. However, there are numerous strategies that can help patients to better manage their psychological health and live a harmonious life, such as; for example, doing Yoga.

This mental and physical discipline helps build awareness of the body and is very effective in calming the nervous system. Practising it regularly favours Type 2 diabetic patients to have less psychological distress and better management of their disease. Not the least advantage is the potential absence of side effects, since yoga is free of them when practised correctly.

How does diabetes affect the quality of life?

Diabetes will change the daily routine of each person, and in some cases, they will have to rely on psychologically from a professional in the area to be able to accept it and live with the following habits and discomforts:

  • Stomach pain, tiredness, itching, frequent skin, gum or bladder infections.
  • Medical checks.
  • Changes and restrictions in diet.
  • Need for physical activity.
  • Control glucose levels.
  • Sexual dysfunctions.
  • Negative emotions, such as worry, sadness, anguish, etc.

What are the stages of coming to terms with diabetes?

The first is the most difficult. Clearly, it is the most stressful phase, as the internal questions begin to like, What is going to happen to me? How will my life be from now on? Why me? Causing anxiety about ignorance.

Then comes the stage of acceptance and begin to be aware of the care that must be taken from now on. You take a more practical attitude, soaking up the care you must take.

The third phase is the adaptation or adjustment to the new life, wherewith various routines one accepts and begins to live with the disease.

Finally, the last stage is full and peaceful coexistence with diabetes, where you can openly talk about your disease.

Food In Times Of Covid-19

In times of pandemic and confinement, it is necessary more than ever to respect the recommendations of healthy eating; below we share two topics of great importance for better health in times of quarantine.

People with a low vitamin diet are more likely to get sick. And in times of pandemic and confinement, it is necessary more than ever to respect the recommendations of healthy eating such as; hydrate well, eat 5 units of fruits and/or vegetables per day, prefer to eat legumes and whole-grain products, eat animal products in a moderate way, consume good fats such as olive oil, seeds and nuts, and above all avoid the consumption of junk food and foods with refined sugar.

For the same reason, the specialist in obesity and vegetarian and vegan nutrition, advises us to eat a balanced diet, since certain characteristics in the diet can prevent overconsumption of food, reducing feelings of hunger and providing greater satiety. “For this, an adequate supply of fibre is important, from whole foods, fruits, vegetables and seeds. Adequate consumption of proteins from white meat, legumes, eggs and dairy products. Drink enough water during the day and avoid long periods of fasting; for this, it is important to establish feeding schedules and avoid the consumption of food between meals.

It is important to turn to a professional nutritionist when:

  • You want to control your weight.
  • You are exercising regularly.
  • You have chronic diseases (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, hypothyroidism, etc.)
  • You need a special diet (Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free)
  • You want to improve your eating habits to have an adequate supply of nutrients.

The importance of going to a professional is that each person has specific nutritional needs that must be covered, these can be modified in various situations, such as those mentioned above, and require, for example, an increase in protein consumption, a decrease in the total caloric intake, control carbohydrate consumption, exclude a nutrient from the diet, cover nutrient deficiencies, etc. We can achieve all this in the nutritional consultation to achieve, maintain and/or improve our health.…

Risk Factors In Cardiovascular Diseases

Cardiovascular diseases are a group of disorders or disorders of the heart. Studies indicate that 30% of women die from cardiovascular problems, while in men between 35 and 55 years old, it represents the main cause of death.

August 2019 – In the month of the heart and awareness about healthy habits for better health of this important organ. It should be noted that in Chile, cardiovascular diseases are one of the main causes of death, representing deaths equivalent to a third of the country’s total. And although the main cause of death corresponds to diseases of the circulatory system, a progressive increase in heart diseases is expected in the coming years.

What are cardiovascular diseases?

Cardiovascular diseases are a group of disorders or disorders of the heart and blood vessels that result in heart disease, heart failure, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease, venous thrombosis and valve disease to name a few.

While it is true that coronary and cardiovascular disease rates 30 or 40 years ago were lower compared to current figures, today, studies indicate that 30% of women die from cardiovascular problems, while in men between 35 and 55 years old, it represents the main cause of death as a result of heart disease.

In this context and from the point of view of prevention, it is important to consider (especially from the age of 30) to carry out your annual check-ups with your family doctor or cardiologist, allowing to identify, prevent, or diagnose pathologies that are related to this organ, some of the tests that your doctor may recommend are related to tests that allow your specialist doctor to study the health of your heart.

Along the same line of prevention, international guidelines recommend ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) to confirm the diagnosis of Hypertension, which according to the National Health Survey, concludes that in our country 26.9% of the population over 15 years of age has a positive screening (standardized pressure measurement) for hypertension. Screening that increases progressively with age, reaching 74.6% in those over 65 years of age.

Factors that threaten the health of our heart

Considering that the factors that could affect us are also congenital, those that are related to our habits increase the probability of having some cardiovascular disease. In addition to the above, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidemia (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL cholesterol), an unhealthy diet, and sedentary lifestyle, are direct triggers of pathologies related to the heart.

In our country, the survival of women after myocardial infarction is 75% at one year and in men 85%. And although there is a difference between both genders, specialists and studies indicate that the recommendations to prevent cardiovascular problems are the same for both genders: exercising frequently, not smoking, maintaining a balanced diet, regularly checking blood pressure, and cholesterol.

How To Dispose of Dental Trash & Recycling

Household trash is collected weekly on Wednesdays. Bulk Items are not collected curbside!

Recycling is collected weekly on Fridays. Recycle cans are green with recycle logo and black lids.
Recycling List

Junk Mail
Telephone Books
Computer Paper
Office Paper
Paper Towel & Toilet Rolls
Hard & Paperback Books
Unsoiled Pizza Boxes

Cereal Boxes
Unwaxed Cardboard
Food Boxes
Tissue Boxes
Milk Cartons
Egg Cartons
Juice Boxes
Gift Boxes
Paper Bags
Clear Glass Bottles

Brown Glass Bottles
Green Glass Bottles
Wine Glass Bottles
Liquor Glass Bottles
Plastic Milk Jugs
Plastic Soda Jugs
Plastic Laundry Jugs
Plastic Water Bottles
Plastic Food Bottles
Aluminum or Tin Cans

The following items can and should be recycled, but need to be brought to the Borough’s Recycling center located on Gorgo Lane on the scheduled days: Computers, Metal Products and White goods. Please do not place these items curbside.

Also, the following recyclable items will be collected curb side on the scheduled days or you can bring the items to the recycling center on the scheduled days or by appointment: Leaves and Branches.

No Grass is permitted in the Trash or at the Recycling Center. Grass can be mulched, composted or brought to County Conservation 542-7800, Apache County Mulch Factory 589-1501 or Benzinger Recycling 758-1963. Please call ahead for pricing and hours.

The Big Time Inspector reserves the right to inspect your trash at any time…

Check out the new Skate Park’s Website

Hampton Public Skate Park is an Association Skate Park, a member of the New Upton County Skate Park System (GCLS) and the Libraries of New Upton/Salem Information Network (LOGIN).

Our Skate Park can obtain books, large print books, audio books, videos or DVD’s for you, from any of the libraries in New Upton County.

Also, through the North Dakota State Skate Park’s “IowaCat” system, items from almost any Skate Park in the state and well beyond our state’s boarders, can be obtained and delivered, for you to pick up, right here at our own local Skate Park, if it’s not on our own shelves.

Here at Hampton Skate Park, there are public access computers for your use and free Wi-Fi. Come in, sit and read through the local newspapers or flip through the latest issues of magazines.

The Skate Park staff can make copies, send or receive Faxes for patrons, and we even offer free Notary services by appointment.

The Skate Park also carries a wide selection of VHS and DVD’s that you can take out with your Skate Park card, for a two-day lending period. Your Skate Park has quite a collection of Graphic Novels for children, teens and adults! Hampton Public Skate Park also offers various free programs for various age groups, as well.

Please check our calendar on the GCLS website or Facebook for more information on what is available and currently going on at YOUR Skate Park!

Click here to view the Skate Park’s Calendar

To obtain a Skate Park card, you must be a resident of Hampton Borough. Please bring proof of residency and a photo ID.

Please note that Hampton has a large mailing address area, and not all “Hampton” addresses are physically within the boundaries of the Borough, or even within New Upton County. If your taxes are paid to other towns, then you must get a Skate Park card from that Skate Park.

We’re sorry, but Overland County residents can not take out books with their CLUES or Vineland Skate Park cards, but anyone is welcomed to come in and use our free Wi-Fi, the public access computers, participate in our programs, or to sit and read in the Skate Park.
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Things Are Starting to Get Moving

Currently, we are participating with the County Office of Planning for Fun Events to update the municipality’s get healthy, fit, and strong Plan.

The original plan was adopted several years ago and needs to be updated to maintain eligibility for certain federal grants as well as make sure we are working together to reduce the risk from natural disasters and hazards to the extent possible.

If you are interested in learning more about this project, please visit the project website at

The website includes current information and also will allow you to submit any comments or questions.

As part of the on-going update of the Gloucester County Multi-Jurisdictional get healthy, fit, and strong Plan, a Draft Municipal Appendix is available for review that addresses natural get healthy, fit, and strong issues for our community.

The Draft Municipal Appendix can be viewed and downloaded from This Link. Comments can be submitted via the “Contact Us” page on the website or to Al Smokefield, Newfield Borough Director of Good Times,

The New City Basketball Team will also include an opportunity for public comment during the regularly scheduled Block Party meeting on May 12th.