Everything you Need To Know
Dental Care in Complete Comfort with Sedation Dentistry
With conscious sedation dentistry, all of our patients can be at ease during their treatments – free from fear and anxiety. The pills you’ll take orally 90 minutes before your appointment make all the difference. As you sit in our dental chair, you’ll become more relaxed until you achieve a level of sedation that creates a complete sense of peace. However, you’ll still be conscious and able to respond to any questions.
Dental Sedation Treatment, you will not be completely “out” as you would be for surgery. Some patients become anxious that they will fall into an unconscious state. They fear losing control. With conscious sedation you are still capable of perceiving everything going on around you. Only your sense of panic is eliminated.
Sedation dentistry works extremely well for those who are strongly resistant to anesthesia and can’t get numb. It bears noting that if you don’t have time in your hectic schedule for repeat dental appointments, sedation dentistry allows us to perform more work in a single visit.
We also offer nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, as a lighter sedation option for some patients.
The Primary Cause of Lost Teeth
Gum disease, rather than tooth decay, is the number one reason for tooth loss. Gum disease can go completely unnoticed up to the point of losing your teeth. Common symptoms are gums that bleed from brushing or flossing, and teeth that have become loose. If the infection is treated in the milder stages, it can be reversed with nonsurgical methods. Once it is advanced, surgery will be necessary.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke
Many patients think that gum disease is no big deal, as it is not something you die from. But recent medical research has revealed that gum disease is linked to potentially fatal conditions like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Gum infection is now considered a more serious problem than just losing your teeth. The bacterial infection in the gums travels throughout the bloodstream, affecting vital organs. The American Academy of Periodontology reports, “studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.”
The American Dental Association has estimated that a staggering 80% of Americans have gum infection at various stages. At such a high percentage, most dentists consider this an epidemic – and now it has been proven that infected gums may add to potentially life-threatening conditions.
Now the Good News
Periodontal disease can be reversed with nonsurgical methods and improved dental hygiene if treated before it reaches an advanced level. It is important to take care of this infection at the first signs, because if you wait too long, surgery may be the only option. Both procedures are generally covered by most dental insurance.
What’s So Bad About Losing a Tooth?
Losing even one tooth can cause other teeth to start to shift or loosen. This is not good, as it affects your ability to chew and obtain nutrients from your food. Missing teeth will change your appearance and make you look older than you are. Your speech may not be as clear as with a full set of teeth. And if it is difficult to chew your food choices may change to soft foods of higher calories that result in weight gain.
We offer dental implants that replace as many teeth as are missing. They function and look just like real teeth, and no one will ever know they are not your natural teeth.
We Care About Kids!
Our team works hard to relieve a child’s anxiety before any kind of procedure. We use cutting-edge techniques and deliver treatment with care and compassion. Our team inspires children of all ages to cultivate correct dental hygiene at home, and we teach them how to do so. We like to see them at age two for their first visit and hope to enjoy their return visits as we help them keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.
Calming Dental Fears
We desire for all of our young patients to be reassured about their dental treatment and to relish their visits through adulthood. Our many appreciative parents have told us their children find our office a pleasant and relaxed place to visit. No matter the age or needs of your children, we can assist them in conquering their dental anxieties.
Choosing Your Child’s Dentist is Like Choosing Their Pediatrician
Children’s teeth are more susceptible to cavities than adults. They often do not brush properly, and they eat more often throughout the day. As a result, acids, bacteria, and plaque will build up. If teeth are not as clean as they need to be, additional exposure to acids from eating (acid is formed in the mouth when eating) will speed up the rate of cavity development.
We encourage parents to oversee their children’s daily dental care until they can clean their teeth properly by themselves. We advise them how to make better nutritional choices to help care for their teeth and recommend an application of a fluoride varnish to mineralize their teeth to significantly reduce cavities.
Preventing Child Tooth Decay – the Easy Way!
Even the most meticulous brushing does not reach all the areas and contours of teeth. As bacteria and plaque build-up, decay will occur. Even a small amount of decay will need a restoration with a filling, and for larger amounts of decay, a crown.
There is a technique that can help to reduce the development of cavities – and application of dental sealant. This treatment is easy and quick.
The teeth are first cleaned and sterilized. A thin coating of the sealant is brushed on the surface of each tooth. This is clear and invisible. A curing light is applied to bond the sealant to the teeth. The complete procedure takes only minutes but can help to preserve children’s and adolescent’s natural teeth for a lifetime. It is painless, as no shots or drilling are necessary.