How can we help you?
It is important to us that we answer your questions fully before we begin any treatment. We know that if you’re educated about costs, procedures, and options, you will be more likely to feel comfortable and in control when you arrive at our Phoenix dentist office for your appointment. This allows you to enjoy stress-free treatment, and it helps us provide dental care that exactly fits your needs.
Many of our patients have similar concerns, and here we’ve listed a few of the more frequently asked questions we receive. If you can't find the answer you need here, or if you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 623-934-6400.
Care Pairing with Specialists
We’re glad you asked, because patients with heart disease do have special needs when it comes to oral health care. It’s important to let Dr. Singh know if you’ve recently had heart surgery or have a heart condition so he can treat you accordingly.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can affect your overall health. Whenever there is any bleeding in your mouth, bacteria has a chance to enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart.
Studies suggest that gum disease permits these bacteria to enter your bloodstream and attach to fatty deposits in the blood vessels of your heart. When this occurs, you may be at risk for developing blood clots that can eventually lead to heart attacks.
Antibiotics Before Treatment
To counteract this, Dr. Singh may prescribe antibiotics prior to treatment, especially for procedures like professional dental cleanings, tooth extraction, and some oral surgeries. However, before making any decisions, Dr. Singh will consult with your physician or cardiologist to determine which antibiotics are most appropriate for you.
Dr. Singh has extensive experience in treating patients with ongoing medical conditions. During your visits to our Phoenix dental office, please be sure to let us know of any changes to your condition. We want to provide you with quality dental care that also protects your overall wellbeing.
At Singh Smile Care, we know that people with diabetes have to take special care with their oral health. Diabetes can make it difficult for patients to fight oral infections and beat periodontal disease. Our dental team provides dental treatments that are designed to help patients with diabetes achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
People with diabetes are more likely to develop oral infections and dental problems. In general, this is because:
High blood sugar levels feed oral bacteria, providing a perfect environment for periodontal disease and dental decay.
Diabetes impairs white blood cells, making it difficult to fight oral infections.
Poorly controlled diabetes may cause dry mouth, due to decreased saliva production. Dry mouth contributes to bad breath, oral infections, and dental decay.
Diabetics with high blood glucose levels have more sugar in their mouths, which promotes growth of bacteria and leads to periodontal disease.
Impaired white blood cells may cause your blood vessels to thicken. Consequently, the blood vessels are not as efficient at providing nutrients to the gum tissue.
Impaired wound and infection healing also means that diabetic patients need to take special precautions when pursuing oral surgeries.
Dr. Singh has special expertise managing the oral health of diabetic patients. He will work with your specialist to make sure that you the necessary treatments to protect your oral health.
Diabetes can take a toll on your whole -body wellness, including your oral health. Patients with diabetes may find it harder to fight oral infections, and they may also be at increased risk of developing periodontal disease.
Diabetes dentistry is designed to help patients with diabetes prevent oral infections and maintain oral health. Dr. Singh understands the oral health complications of diabetes and is knowledgeable about diabetes medications and how they interact with medications used in dental care.
We are also careful to use dental treatments that are safe for diabetics. Proper oral health care for diabetics combines a conscientious at-home hygiene routine with dental cleanings done by a skilled professional hygienist.
If you are managing diabetes, Dr. Singh can work with your doctor to make sure you are receiving the care that is most appropriate to support your oral health and overall wellness. With proper care you can minimize the harmful effects of diabetes on your oral health.
Care Pairing With Specialists
At Singh Smile Care, we promote total wellness that includes your oral health and your general health. We focus on providing you with treatments that address both. If you are a diabetic, or are caring for someone who is, please contact our office.
What can you do for dental patients with ongoing medical conditions?
Dental patients with ongoing medical conditions require special care to ensure that their needs are handled safely and appropriately. Standard dental appointments may not be appropriate for some patients with existing medical conditions, and our professional team provides flexible scheduling options and personalized treatment to fit each patient. For instance:
- Patients with arthritis may not be able to sit comfortably through a standard-length dental appointment. We can help you by breaking up your treatment into more manageable segments.
- Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease often require more frequent dental examinations, as they become less able to prevent and recognize oral health problems.
Dental Care While On Medication
If you’re taking medication for an ongoing medical condition, these medications may affect your dental care. Dr. Singh is highly experienced in employing the special precautions that these patients need to take, and we will work closely with the patient’s doctors to manage medication side effects.
- Medications for Alzheimer’s disease - antidepressants, sedatives, and antipsychotics - often cause harmful dental health side effects, most often extreme dry mouth.
- Medications for arthritis can lead to increased acid erosion, mouth sores, and oral tissue inflammation.
Every member of our team is trained to handle the special medical needs of these patients with care and sensitivity. You can be sure that if you or a member of your family needs special attention, we will do everything possible to provide the safest, most effective oral health care available.
At Singh Smile Care, we work with patients who are dealing with a variety of complex medical needs. We specialize in working closely with your physician to provide you with the dental care that is most appropriate for their overall health and wellness.
Along with your primary care doctor, we will help you make dental choices that are good for your mouth and your overall well-being. Of course, we provide routine dental services such as cleanings and cavity fillings, but we can address your specific needs by:
- Helping you establish an effective personal dental hygiene routine.
- Communicating with your doctors to make sure that the types of dental treatments we choose do not interfere with your diabetes treatment.
- Using gentle and effective dental treatments that don’t unnecessarily aggravate the delicate tissues of your mouth.
- Advising you about the potential problems with oral surgery. You may have issues with healing after surgery, so it may be necessary for you to take special precautions before and after surgery.
Dental Care With Diabetes
Your oral health is our first priority, but we need to be certain that the treatments we provide enhance your overall health as well. By care-pairing with your specialist, we can ensure that all your needs are met. Please contact our office for more information.
When you’re looking for dental care that fits your needs, it is essential to find a dentist who understands how to treat people with ongoing medical conditions. In these situations, it is important for both dentist and doctor to be aware of and communicate other about the state of your oral and overall health.
Patients with existing medical conditions may require specialized dental care. These patients have medical conditions that affect oral health, and they may also take medications about which their dentist should be knowledgeable. Whether you have a chronic condition like diabetes, heart disease or arthritis, or you’re dealing with a time-limited condition like pregnancy, Dr. Singh dental team at our can help you get the dental care you require.
Link Between Body and Oral Health
There is a definite link that exists between the health of your body and the condition of your oral health. In the case of ongoing medical conditions, it is especially important to acknowledge this connection so that we can provide safe, effective treatment. We will stay in close contact with your physician so that we can compare notes as necessary and keep each other abreast of changes in oral or general health.
If you would like more information about care pairing and how it works, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
At Singh Smile Care, we want you to get the important dental treatment you need by making your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. No matter what treatment you receive, we believe that it is completely unnecessary for you to experience stress or discomfort.
Dr. Singh is extremely gentle, and our patients are often pleasantly surprised that they were so comfortable during treatment. Dental anxiety is not something for anyone to be embarrassed about. It is a very common problem affecting millions of people. This anxiety is usually the result of a negative, painful experience in the past and, unfortunately, causes patients to avoid visits to the dentist altogether.
Taking Care of Your Needs
If you feel stressed or worried about dental appointments, we have a number of options that will help you relax before and during treatment. At Singh Smile Care, we are committed to providing you with the oral health care you need, and you should never put your feelings of anxiety ahead of important treatment.
Whatever your situation, please do not put off dental treatment because of fear. Our professional team is sensitive to your concerns, and we will do everything possible to make sure that you receive high-quality, comfortable dental care. Call today to schedule your appointment.