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Friday, March 07, 2008

My Root Canal? It's a Blur

"The New York Times" today ran a feature article introducing millions of current dental patients - as well as those who avoid seeing a dentist - to the ease, comfort, safety and effectiveness of oral conscious sedation.

Times reporter Sarah Kershaw noted that the increasingly popular treatment protocol is an especially appealing concept for the large number of people who dread and avoid the dentist.

Among the national experts Kershaw cited are Dr. Joel M. Weaver, a spokesman for the American Dental Association and Dr. Michael Silverman, president of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

"There are absolute dental-phobes who stay away [from the dentist], even to the point of trying to take their teeth out with pliers," Dr. Weaver told the Times. "Now dentistry has a real way to treat them."

Dr. Silverman noted that oral sedation dentistry has been "a big, big plus for millions of people who otherwise would have neglected their dental health, which in turn affects their overall health."

One happy patient quoted by Kershaw said that she had no recollection of her dental visit. "I don't remember the needles, the gagging, the water, [and] I certainly don't remember being in the chair for five hours," the patient told the Times.

This has been our experience at MoreSmiles as well. Our patients are responsive during treatment, mostly sleepy, and afterwards have no memory of the experience. Previously apprehensive patients are encouraged by the positive experience and find it much easier to get the dentistry they need without the anxiety they normally associate with visits to the dentist.

To read the New York Times article in its entirety click here.

posted by MoreSmiles at 7:33 AM


Blogger siouxsy said...

why doesn't someone mention that Halcion/triazolam is NOT necessary for sedation dentistry, as it is banned in the UK and elsewhere, and they do fine without it.

why don't you point out that this drug has DANGEROUS psychological side effects that are being glossed-over, as this once dangerous and unethically marketed drug is now being sexed up and recycled as a dental sedative -- given REGULARLY in OVERDOSES, some of which are sublingual, making it even more potent, and combined with other CNS depressants.

After the UK and others banned it because THOUSANDS of users were literally losing their minds, the FDA smacked upjohn on the hand and lowered the dose -- THE DOSE IS THE ISSUE, and dentists are OVERDOSING IT like there was never an issue at all.

It's one thing to use this drug as the label directs -- which is .125 and .25 doses (never .5 unless lower doses don't work) -- and as a SLEEPING PILL - not mixed with other drugs! It's another thing to mislead people into thinking this drug is synonymous with oral sedation dentistry and that it's perfectly safe.

8:16 PM  
Blogger siouxsy said...


read van der Kroef"s and Ian Oswald's list of observed, bizarre symptoms that have been substantiated with
studies, despite what Dionne, Donaldson, Silverman and others try to downplay and say is media hype.

Ask FDA how many adverse events reported to them concerning this drug (including suicides, homicides and many psychological effects) -- in 1990 it was more than for any they regulated

Read John Abraham's (Transnational...etc) investigation of the seriously suspect "studies" Upjohn presented as support of this drug's "safety." Ethics so questionable the UK said, forget it. -- Other countries followed, while others lowered the dose - some way low.

Dentists give as much as 16 times the label recommended dose of this drug within a few hours. Roisman in CA, bragged about it to MSNBC ("Pop Some Pills....etc").

This irresponsible behavior makes you wonder how much of the stuff they are on themselves. It borders on criminal.

If you want to take this drug - fine -- but be aware of the consequences because Silverman and his slick marketing package is not going to tell you about it.

And, if you do go crazy from an overdose, you won't be able to figure it out -- you'll likely have amnesia as well, and the docs who see you after you become psychotic -- plagued with rebound insomnia (noted on the label)-- won't ask what your dentist gave you --- they'll just give you another drug that'll likely put you over the edge.

Silverman is the media -hype in this scenario, and he apparently has pull with the ADA and NY Times.

8:27 PM  

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