Who Is a Candidate for General Anesthesia for Dental Procedures?

August 15, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:56 pm
Close-up of mask used for general anesthesia

In discussions about dental sedation, nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation are often mentioned. However, none of those methods actually cause unconsciousness. If you want to be put to sleep during your next major dental procedure or oral surgery, you might wonder if more powerful sedation methods are available to you. Who is a candidate for general anesthesia? Might it be right for you? This blog post provides valuable information.


A Simple Guide to Eating after Wisdom Tooth Extractions

July 18, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:02 pm
Woman sitting on sofa, holding a bowl and spoon

Wisdom teeth are known to be the cause of numerous oral health problems. Often, the best way to address or prevent such issues is to get the teeth extracted. Are you soon going to get your third molars removed? After your surgery, you will need to go through a brief recovery period. Modifying your diet during that type can help you to heal smoothly. What should you consume while you are on the mend? Read this simple guide to eating after wisdom tooth extractions to find out.


5 Ways to Overcome a Fear of Tooth Extractions

June 28, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:26 am
Woman smiling while holding extracted tooth

Have you recently learned that you need to have one or more teeth removed? That can be an intimidating prospect, especially if the extractions will be complex, as is often the case with wisdom teeth. How can you overcome a fear of tooth extractions and get through your procedure as easily as possible? Here are five helpful tips:


Summer Is the Perfect Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed — Why?

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 11:02 am
Woman relaxing on beach after wisdom tooth surgery

If you are like most people, your summer plans probably involve spending lots of time outdoors. You may also attend neighborhood barbecues, take a vacation, or lounge by the pool. What might not be on your mind is dental care. However, if you have been postponing the removal of your wisdom teeth, right now might be the ideal time to get that taken care of. In fact, summer is the perfect time to get your wisdom teeth removed. Continue reading to discover why.


Root Canals vs. Tooth Extractions: Comparing Your Options

May 29, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 1:01 pm
Woman in yellow blouse, suffering from a toothache

If a tooth is causing you pain, you should certainly seek professional care as soon as possible. After a thorough exam, your dentist will make a treatment recommendation that will end your toothache and get you back on the road to a healthy smile. They might urge you to get the tooth extracted or undergo root canal therapy. Is one option better than the other? This blog post compares root canals vs. tooth extractions.


An Oral Surgeon Talks about Botox as a Treatment for Migraines

May 9, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 2:46 pm

botox injectionBotox is famous for its ability to help people turn back the clock and recapture some of their youthful glow. However, this remarkable substance is being used more and more often as a treatment for migraines. How does it work to relieve chronic head pain? Is it a safe way to reduce the occurrence of migraines? Your oral surgeon in Houston is here to talk about these important questions.


12 Ways to Prepare for Oral Surgery

April 22, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 12:18 am

5 tips on what to do before oral surgery. We do our best to make visiting our oral surgery practice a positive experience, but we know that getting ready for any surgery can be stressful. That’s why we want to put your mind at ease by helping you feel 100% prepared before the day of your procedure. In this post, we go through some tips to help you improve your experience before, during, and after your oral surgery. The good news is that most oral surgeries are outpatient procedures, so you’ll only need to plan on spending one day (usually only a few hours) at our office. Read on to find 12 ways you can prepare for your oral surgery!


What Are Some Reasons for Root Canal Retreatment?

April 15, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 6:55 pm
Frowning dental patient, concerned about root canal retreatment

In most cases, root canal therapy is a one-time treatment. It has the potential to provide a lifetime of restored function to a badly damaged tooth! Unfortunately, though, there are some cases where a tooth must undergo a second root canal. What are some reasons for root canal retreatment? What can you expect during the procedure? Read on to learn the answers.


Hyoid Advancement for Sleep Apnea: The Basics

April 2, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 5:19 pm
Illustration highlighting hyoid bone in neck

When it comes to treating sleep apnea, nonsurgical intervention is usually the preferred course of action. Things like small lifestyle changes and a custom oral appliance can do much to improve nighttime breathing. But what if your condition is severe? Your care provider might recommend that you undergo a procedure known as hyoid advancement for sleep apnea. What does the surgery involve? How can it protect your health? Read this blog to find out.


Is Surgery Necessary Before Getting Dentures?

March 30, 2023

Filed under: Other Topics — Dr. Steve Koo @ 8:35 am
Oral surgery team carefully working on patient

If you are missing all or most of your teeth, you are probably contemplating the prospect of getting dentures. Prosthetic teeth have the potential to renew your smile and restore your ability to eat most foods. But what can you expect throughout your treatment journey? Is surgery necessary before getting dentures? In some cases, yes, surgery is an important stepping stone on the path to a recompleted smile. Read this blog post to learn more about this aspect of the treatment process.

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