Dental Compounding

Getting Comfortable in the Dentist’s Chair

Dental visits don’t have to stir up feelings of anxiety or discomfort, but for a variety of reasons, a trip to the dentist’s office is often met with lots of apprehension. Whether it’s the noise of a dentist’s piercing drill or just the mere sight of a bunch of sharp tools, many of us dread the entire experience. Believe it or not, pharmacy compounding is one of the best weapons to combat these fears. Compounded medications, which are customized to a patient’s exact needs, can actually diminish the physical discomforts that are often involved in a trip to the dentist.

Compounding, which is the art and science of preparing customized medications, has experienced a renaissance in recent years as modern technology and innovative techniques have enabled more dentists and healthcare providers to work with pharmacists to customize medications. Dentistry is an ideal practice for administering these types of medications since they are tailored to a patient’s very specific needs. From an apprehensive child getting his or her first cavity filled to a senior who is being fitted for dentures, each patient is unique and can benefit from the specialty care that compounded medications offer.

While working closely with The Compounding Facility, your dental practitioner can prescribe medications for:

  • Canker sores
  • Dry sockets
  • Fluoride treatments
  • General pain relief
  • Gum disease
  • Oral ulcers
  • Plaque removal
  • Procedural anxiety
  • Tooth whitening
  • And more!

Unique Dosage Forms

As with many medical treatments, the therapeutic options that are available to dentists can be rather limited. Since some patients may not respond well to standardized medications, the art of compounding enhances the acceptability and application of medications through its unique ability to customize dosage forms.

  • Through compounding, patients who experience nausea or those with difficulty swallowing pills may receive their medicine through a gel that is rubbed into the skin.
  • Topical anesthetics are ideal for patients who suffer from anxiety over needles. This convenient solution allows for painless dental injections.
  • Lip balms, liquids, pastes and lollipops offer other types of creative formats for administering medication.

Pick Your Potion: Flavored Medications

Some dental rinses, solutions and gels are offered in a range of flavors that do nothing to stimulate the taste buds.  Without changing its vital properties and performance, compounding pharmacists can really boost a medicine’s taste taking it from yucky to yummy. Chocolate flavoring can certainly be used to make a bitter pain reliever more pleasing to the palate. Of course, children will be more than eager to take a topical or oral anesthetic if it comes in a cherry-flavored lollipop.

From cosmetic medications such as bleaching gels to unique formulations that treat oral ulcers or gum disease, the art and science of compounding can truly benefit all areas of dental medicine.

A dental practitioner will work closely with a compounding pharmacist to provide a level of customized care that patients truly deserve. The Compounding Facility is confident that compounded medications will give you something to smile about!  Ask your dentist or pharmacist about personalized compounding today.
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