Growing Number Including Oral Sedation In Care

Think Sedation Dentistry is just for white-knuckled patients in the chair? Actually, millions of adults are opting for Oral Sedation simply because they want to be more relaxed during treatment.

While Sedation is credited with helping fearful patients to receive dental care, a growing number without dental fears are combining it with their treatment. Most ‘non-fearful’ patients who take advantage of having treatment while sedated do so to save time. Often, Oral Sedation can enable patients to combine several appointments into one, lengthy – but comfortable – visit. This is ideal for busy people who are having extensive restorative or cosmetic procedures.

Oral Sedation is also becoming more common for routine procedures, such as cleanings. For example, some people have very sensitive teeth and gums. Oral Sedation can prevent a simple cleaning from being an unpleasant experience.

While Oral Sedation is relaxing, it creates an amnesiac affect as well. I’ve even known patients to call the office, thinking they missed their appointment, after having treatment with Oral Sedation!

Whether you’re interested in Oral Sedation for dental fears or as a time saver, it’s safe and can be a positive addition to achieve your smile goals. To discuss having Oral Sedation with your care, call toll free 1-855-9-Smiles. We offer a complimentary consultation and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Be Thankful – With A Smile!

At Thanksgiving time, we are reminded of all the things for which we have to be thankful. As American citizens, we’ve learned to never take for granted our many blessings. While you calculate all the things on YOUR “thankful list,” remember to include your smile!

Your smile is a major part of your facial appearance. We live in a country that offers exceptional techniques and materials so a smile can be recreated to give a more attractive appearance.

Your smile also reflects the “best of you” by showing your warmth, friendliness and kindness to others.

Your smile is the beginning of the pleasure of this country’s abundance of food. It is the first stage of your digestive process. Through biting, chewing and saliva’s role in the initial processing of food, your body can reap all the benefits of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber.

Your smile allows you to speak, giving you the ability to pronunciate clearly.

Your smile  is precious. Whether you are two or a hundred and two, it deserves the very best you can give it.

Your smile is as important to us as it is to you. Because you allow us to be a part of your smile’s well-being, we are especially thankful! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Eat & Smile With Confidence This Holiday (and always)!!!

In my profession, I see a wide variety of patients. Some folks have had advantages that has enabled them to enjoy good oral health and a great smile. Others have not been as fortunate. Some have poor oral health and missing teeth because of dental fears. Some grew up not having access to good dental care or understanding its importance. Because of genetics, others were born with oral health that would always pose challenges.

Regardless of the reason, when a patient’s oral health suffers, the unfortunate result is typically tooth loss. No one can predict the frustration and discomfort that dentures can cause until they’ve been a long-time denture wearer. Denture problems include sore spots on tender gums, difficultly biting and chewing, embarrassing slips, speech problems, and feeling self-conscious in social settings.

This is why we offer Dental Implants. Because Dental Implants are anchored by the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots, they restore stability. This enables you to eat and laugh without fear of slips, chew comfortably, and be confident in close settings with others. Plus, Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime, making them an excellent investment.

For those who are missing natural teeth, Dental Implants provide a dependable, lasting way to have teeth that are “part of you” again. Ask for a no-charge consultation by calling toll free 1-855-9-Smiles. During this time, I’ll explain the types most appropriate for your needs and answer your questions. You could be enjoying a confident, new smile by Christmas!

Dentists Help Your Smile – And Overall Health!

If you learned that spending less than 5 minutes twice a day could save you hundreds of dollars, hours of time, and even prevent major diseases, it’d be foolish to NOT commit to that time. Yet, as a Dentist, I’m aware of the vast number of adults who fail to brush and floss each day. It’s no longer just a matter of avoiding cavities. As research continues, there is more and more proof that your oral well-being affects your overall health.

Periodontal (gum) disease is now considered a medical disease. As an inflammatory disease, periodontal disease increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, sleep apnea, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, pneumonia, preterm births, and birth defects, to name a few.

Fifty percent of heart attacks and strokes occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. Inflammation is the key contributor to heart disease and cardiac events. Although many see a Dentist to reduce pain and restore teeth, the fact is we are also “soldiers” in protecting your overall health.

Rather than perceive a dental office as a mere ‘cleaning station’ for the mouth, think of it, also, as a heart attack, stroke, and diabetes prevention center. Renew your commitment to your oral care, knowing it has a vital role in your overall health. And remember, the advice of brush, floss, swish, etc. could save your life.

We Are Always Happy To Welcome New Patients!

Whenever I meet a new patient referred to us by a current patient, I take it as the ultimate compliment! We are ALWAYS pleased to accept new patients and appreciate your recommendations to others.

Too, we are just as happy to welcome healthy smiles as we are people who have not seen a dentist in years. We often see new patients who delayed care for many years due to fear, financial issues or serious illness. Regardless of the reason, we are always happy to make them feel ‘at home’ and confident in allowing our office to care for their oral health.

So, the next time you have an opportunity to share the secret behind your smile, please do! We look forward to welcoming others who are seeking the dental care our patients have come to know! Suggest they visit our web site or call toll free 1-855-9-Smiles.

Here, Comfort Is ALWAYS A Priority!

It is not unusual for us to meet a new patient and learn they have avoided dental care for years (sometimes decades) because of a deep fear of dentistry. We are sensitive to how these fears can impact different people in different ways. In addition to our training in helping patients overcome these fears, we are respectful of their particular needs. Delay in attaining dental care due to fear is understood here, and you’ll never be lectured or feel judged because of it.

Because of our understanding of these fears, we provide an environment that specifically attends to those affected. Our staff is trained to help patients move through care at a pace that feels comfortable. We also have options for enhanced relaxation, including Oral Sedation. This provides a total state of relaxation and requires no needles to administer. Oral Sedation is a safe medication with a quick recovery. Our trained staff and specific equipment monitors you for safety and comfort while you are under its effects.

Oral Sedation is taken prior to arrival at our office, so you’re already relaxed and in a tranquil state by the time you arrive. This creates a positive beginning to your visit that continues with deeper relaxation prior to the procedure. Treatment with Oral Sedation is performed in a Total Relaxation Room. This adds to a patient’s feeling of comfort and tranquility even further.

We are proud of the vast numbers of adults who are no longer fearful of dental care because of our involvement. We urge you (or someone you know) to share these fears with us. The first step is a friendly phone call — toll free 1-855-9-Smiles. A beautiful, healthy smile could be yours in just a few visits.

Sensitive Teeth? Causes & What To Do

Ice-cream, hot coffee, steamy cocoa, or chilly chocolate pudding. If any of these send a shiver down your back from anticipating a jolt of pain in your mouth, then you likely have tooth sensitivity.

Some sensitivity is caused by exposed tooth roots. This often occurs from over-zealous brushing or using a toothpaste that is too abrasive (such as baking soda – NEVER use this on teeth!). If you use a whitening toothpaste, a  key ingredient – sodium pyrophosphate – can increase tooth sensitivity. Sensitivity can also occur from receded gums caused by periodontal disease or misaligned teeth.

Another cause of sensitive teeth is the development of tiny fractures. When hot or cold seeps through these fractures to a tooth’s interior, nerves in the inner pulp react, painfully.

To lessen or halt tooth sensitivity, we recommend a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth. You should also use a soft bristle toothbrush to avoid the wearing away of tender gum tissues around teeth.

It’s time to seek treatment when a tooth is sensitive for 3 – 4 days. Because sensitivity can occur for different reasons, it is important to have a tooth (or teeth) checked to determine the true cause. For example, if the tooth is fractured, there is a risk that a portion will eventually break off. If the break is below the gum line, we can no longer save the tooth and it will need to be removed.

If you have questions about tooth pain, call toll free 1-855-9-Smiles. Because EVERYONE should be able to enjoy ice-cream!

Indicators For Tooth Loss Risk

Researchers have found that certain indicators can gauge your risk of losing a natural tooth. Naturally, not brushing your teeth at least twice a day has a large impact, along with failure to see a dentist on a regular basis. However, other areas can up your risk potential a great deal, including …

• People who have diabetes have a 19% greater risk of tooth loss. Those who have hypertension have nearly a 14% greater risk.

• If you’re a male, you have a 33% greater risk of losing teeth.

• If you are a current or past smoker, your risk level increases almost 31%.

The most common cause of adult tooth loss in the U. S. is periodontal (gum) disease. Because gum disease begins without obvious warning signs, your regular dental check-ups are important. These visits allow our Hygienist to catch problems at their earliest stages.

Early treatment of periodontal disease can be done comfortably, quickly, and without great expense. The longer you wait, however, more involved treatment is necessary. Remember, gum disease only worsens without treatment. If you suspect you may have gum disease, contact us at your earliest convenience for treatment.

Your smile will thank you!