Whether it's echinacea or aspirin, always tell your dentist about any medications and supplements you are taking. Everything you ingest, even vitamins, causes a certain reaction. If your dentist doesn’t know what drugs or supplements you have taken, he or she will not know how to protect you from possible substance interactions. This is particularly important if you are undergoing any surgical treatment. Conventional versus herbal Although many conventional (prescription and over-the-counter) medications sold in the United States are derived from plants, they are different from herbal medications. Conventional drugs, which must be approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration, are based on an active ingredient or chemical that manufacturers synthesize when they develop the drug. In other words, a conventional drug is based on a chemical that is made in a laboratory, even though it may have originally come from a plant. Herbal (also called botanical or alternative) medications are made from natural chemicals extracted from a plant and are produced either in original form (sometimes combined with other herbal extracts) or refined. When an herbal medication is refined, the essential extract is taken out of the plant source, concentrated and then added back to make the original herbal medication more potent. Combinations to avoid Even seemingly innocuous herbal and vitamin supplements can have serious side effects for a few dental patients. Here are some combinations to be aware of: Ginkgo biloba and vitamin E can be dangerous when taken with aspirin because they each can act as blood thinners. The combination may cause difficulties in blood clotting, which could be serious for patients undergoing surgery. Taking high dosages of vitamins before undergoing anesthesia can also cause concern. In particular, vitamin C, often taken in high dosages for cancer treatment, can weaken the efficiency of anesthesia, among other problems. Calming supplements, such as Kava Kava or St. John's Wort, can strengthen the effects of anesthesia. What your dentist can do Always provide your dentist with a complete medical history, including any herbal medication and conventional drugs you are taking. Some patients who take alternative medicines are afraid the dentist will not respect their decision to take an herbal medication and will tell them to stop taking it; however, as herbal medications become more popular, many dentists are beginning to use them in their practices. Your dentist might even have an alternative, herbal solution for you. If an herbal medication could interfere with your dental treatment, your dentist may ask you to stop taking the medication until the treatment is complete. The dentist also may be able to prescribe a different drug for treatment, if one is available. More: Delta Dental  SaveSave

      Finding a healthy sedation solution Have you ever heard about non-toxic dental sedation techniques? They are available to dental patients across the country, including those in Nashville. If you are afraid of the dentist, let's talk about our holistic approach. We limit invasiveness and the need for sedation by utilizing new technologies. We also have seen first-hand the impact a system called NuCalm® has on worried patients. We are so happy to offer this technology to our Downtown Dental patients who may experience dental anxiety. What is NuCalm®? NuCalm® is a nontoxic treatment system that will facilitate oral health without harming the rest of the body. The system calms the body by counteracting adrenaline, stimulating microcurrents, calming the pace of brain waves, and blocking visual stimuli to encourage relaxation. NuCalm is unique because it creates deep relaxation without using narcotics or controlled substances, causes no significant side effects, and requires no recuperative time or supervision. How does NuCalm® work? NuCalm organically entrains brain waves to a frequency that promotes relaxation and calm. Beta brain waves (13 Hz-30 Hz per second) are associated with day-to-day wakefulness - mental activity consisting of cognitive, sensory, and motor activities. High beta brain waves (23 Hz-40 Hz per second) are associated with fear and anxiety. NuCalm brings the patient's brain waves from beta or high beta to the alpha and theta ranges (4 Hz-12 Hz per second). Alpha brain waves are considered the first stage of sleep and are typically associated with relaxation and peacefulness during deep meditation and biofeedback. Alpha brain waves are characterized by slower frequencies, higher amplitudes, and are more synchronous than beta brain waves. A person with brain waves in the alpha range is physically unable to be anxious. NuCalm entrains the brain to the alpha/theta ranges, naturally creating homeostasis, neuromuscular release, and relaxation. Who is Benefiting from NuCalm®? -Over 700,000 dental patients have used NuCalm for a drug-free, relaxing dental appointment across 5 continents -Used daily by professional and olympic athletes for recovery and improving sleep -Used by cancer patients to resolve nausea, improve sleep quality, and manage their stress -Used by jet pilots to resolve jet lag -Used by top executives to manage stress and travel demands -Used by psychotherapists to facilitate cognitive behavioral therapy and treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Visiting the dentist is nerve-wracking for many individuals, even those visiting for a simple check-up. Having to undergo sedation can make matters worse, especially if that process involves traditional techniques and chemicals. Working with our patients to provide an opportunity to de-stress while they get treatment is an unexpected benefit that decreases inflammation, boosts recovery time, and is a reminder that we care so much about your overall health. Here's a great video that explains more about how NuCalm works: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDAZua8R92Y&feature=youtu.be[/embed]