How much work can a sedation dentist do in one visit?


Can you tell me how much work a sedation dentist can get done in 1 visit? I need 2 root canals and crowns and there is no way I will let my regular dentist do it. He does a good job but he is very slow. The longer I am in the dental chair the worse I start feeling. I even get nauseous. So I’m thinking about finding a sedation dentist because I think that dentist could maybe finish all of the work without me having to go back and forth to the dentist. Before I commit I want to know on average how much work a sedation dentist can complete in 1 visit. What is the average? Thanks. Johanne

Johanne – There is no set average for the amount of work a sedation dentist can complete in a single visit. The time it will take for your treatment depends on several factors:

  1. The complexity of the dental treatment – Some dental procedures, such as a dental filling, can be straightforward and relatively simple compared to other procedures. Still, care must be taken to prepare the tooth and ensure the filling will last. Other treatments, such as a root canal treatment and dental crowns, take longer. Root canal treatment removes infection from the tooth. The infection is cleaned out, the tooth is disinfected, and a dental filler material is used to replace the tooth pulp. Impressions are taken of your tooth for a crown to be made. In about two weeks, you will need to return to the office to have the lab-made crown bonded to your natural tooth.
  2. The dentist’s experience – The more experience a dentist has with a particular treatment, usually the faster he or she can complete the procedure. Each patient’s case is different, and unexpected issues can occur and lengthen the time it takes to complete a procedure.
  3. Your tolerance – Even with sedation dentistry, some patients only want to spend a limited amount of time in a dental chair. Your preference will be taken into consideration.

We suggest that you schedule consultations with at least two sedation dentists who have experience in the treatment you need. Find out what level of sedation each dentist provides, and get an estimate on the treatment time for your root canal procedure and dental crowns.

This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.

How can I get my dental implants to match my teeth whitening?


In 2011 I received 3 dental implants. They feel natural and they are very durable. I haven’t had any problems with them at all. Although it took 2 years to pay for them on the payment plan, it was worth it. I would do it all over again if I needed to. My concern is the color of my natural teeth. I smile a lot, but my smile looks dull and I want whiter teeth. My 3 implants are on the left, upper front side and they are very visible when I smile. If I understand it correctly, if I get my teeth whitened, they will be darker than the implants because the implant crowns won’t change color. I am wondering what my options are to get my natural teeth whitened and to have the implants match them. Is there some kind of overlay that can be placed on the crowns? Thanks. Camelia

Camelia – Your understanding is correct. Dental implant crowns are made of porcelain, and they are stain resistant and colorfast. Layers of porcelain are used to create natural tooth color and translucence. The color is baked into the porcelain at a dental laboratory. Although porcelain veneers can be placed over natural teeth, it would be difficult to place them over dental crowns. It would make your implant crowns look bulky, and your crowns would still be noticeably different from your natural teeth.

Since your implant crowns are clearly visible when you smile, if you get your teeth whitened, you would need to replace your crowns if you want them to match. Only the top, or crown, of each dental implant needs to be replaced. It will only take two to three weeks to receive crowns that match your natural teeth.

Your teeth can be whitened, but if you have dental implants, you should work with a cosmetic dentist to ensure you have crowns that seamlessly blend with them. Schedule a consultation with an accredited cosmetic dentist to discuss your options.

This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.