Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Oral Conscious Sedation for Anxious Patients

At Bishop & Bishop Dental, we have seen many patients who experience some level of anxiety with each dental procedure or appointment. Some patients have had negative experiences with dental procedures that make them anxious, and others may have a sensitive gag reflex that has always made dental work dreadful.  We understand why a dental appointment could be intimidating, but do not want to see patients delaying treatment because of these fears.  Oral conscious sedation is an option we recommend for patients experiencing dental anxiety.
Oral conscious sedation is administered by taking a pill orally before a procedure.  The light sedative relaxes the patient but does not ‘knock out’ the patient, as they remain conscious.  They are brought to an extremely relaxed state, and when the dentist begins working local anesthetic is still used at the site of the procedure.  The combination of oral conscious sedation and local anesthetic means the patient can stay relaxed and usually allows the dentist to complete more work in one session.  This makes a more pleasant experience for an anxious patient, and can even mean less dental appointments overall.
To learn more about sedation options and all the services we provide at our practice, visit www.bishopdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. David Bishop at Bishop & Bishop Dental here in Silver Spring, Maryland, call 301-608-9270. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Dental crowns are a restorative option for teeth that have a significant amount of decay or are at risk of being chipped. Bishop & Bishop Dental offers natural-looking crowns to repair smiles and restore function to a patient’s teeth.
The process for installing a crown can usually be completed in two visits.  To prepare the tooth your dentist will remove any decay, and may need to reshape the remaining tooth to ensure a great fit for the new crown.  Once the tooth has been prepared, your dentist will take an impression of the area.  This impression is sent to a dental lab where the crown is fabricated.  Ask us about temporary options to wear while your new crown is being made.  Once your custom crown is made, the crown will be cemented into place by your dentist at a second appointment.  Our crowns blend right into your natural smile and can last a lifetime!
To learn more about crowns and all the services we provide at our practice, visit Bishop dental for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. David Bishop at Bishop & Bishop Dental here in Silver Spring, Maryland, call 301-608-9270. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dry Sockets

Patients undergoing tooth extractions at Bishop & Bishop Dental have our guarantee that they will be given the best possible care. Extractions are generally a simple process with a short recovery time. There is, however, one major potential complication, which is a dry socket.
A dry socket occurs when the empty socket left after a tooth extraction lacks a blood clot to seal its moisture in. It could be that the blood never clotted at all—some medications inhibit clotting as a side effect, which is why patients need to disclose all the medications they’re currently taking to us. It is also possible for a clot to form but be knocked or sucked loose before the socket is closed. This is why it is important for patients to follow our instructions not to sip through straws or brush hard near the extraction site for a few days after the surgery.
If the patient experiences severe pain within forty-eight hours of the extraction, they should request a follow-up appointment right away. Extractions which required sutures are more likely to result in dry sockets, but patients shouldn’t wait until the appointment when the sutures were set to be removed to ask for help. We have medicated wound dressing to treat a dry socket and will want to closely monitor its recovery.
David Bishop, DDS and Dorienne Taylor-Bishop, DDS, operate Bishop & Bishop Dental at 8830 Cameron St, #504, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910. To set up an appointment, call 301-608-9270 or visit Bishop Dental and fill out a contact sheet.