4 Ways to Relax at the Dentist

Have you been putting off necessary dental treatment because you fear going to the dentist? Are you looking to get dentures or dental implants, but are afraid of the process? Do you just wish there was a way to relax while receiving dental treatment? If you find yourself answering “yes” to any of these questions, you are not alone. 

Many people suffer from dental anxiety and about 9-20% of Americans have dental anxiety so severe that it prevents them from visiting the dentist. Whether you only have minor dental anxiety or severe anxiety, there are ways that your dentist can help you relax during your procedure. Here are four ways: 

Dental Anesthetics

One of the most prevalent fears when it comes to visiting the dentist is pain. This fear is amplified when you are already in pain and the thought of someone touching your tooth makes you shudder. In some cases, you may have also heard stories of people who have had bad experiences. However, dental technology has come a long way in a short period of time. Nowadays, your dentist offers dental anesthetics to completely numb the treatment area so that you will feel nothing but pressure during the procedure. 

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Nitrous Oxide

Besides pain, people can experience a general feeling of anxiety brought on by the sights, sounds, and smells of a dental office. In these cases, dental sedation is an ideal option to ease anxiety and promote relaxation. Nitrous oxide is the mildest form of sedation that helps to establish feelings of calm. It can also cause feelings of euphoria, which is why it is commonly known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small mask that fits over the nose and is effective as long as the gas is being inhaled. Once the mask is removed, the effects of nitrous oxide will fade within a few minutes, meaning that you can drive yourself home after the procedure and will have no lasting effects of sedation. 

Oral Sedation

For those who may require a deeper level of sedation, oral sedation can be beneficial. When using oral sedation, your dentist will have you take a sleeping pill the morning of your procedure and possibly the night before. Depending on the dosage, oral sedation provides a moderate level of sedation that can cause you to be sleepy or to fall into a light sleep. However, you will still be able to be easily awoken and will be mostly responsive. Due to the fact that oral sedation is a deeper level of sedation, it has lingering effects after the procedure. This means that you will need to have someone drive you to and from the appointment and may experience drowsiness throughout the day. 

IV Sedation

For people with severe dental anxiety and/or who need to undergo multiple, long, or invasive procedures, IV sedation may be the best option. IV sedation is delivered directly into the vein through an intravenous catheter in the arm. With IV sedation, you will be conscious or placed in a twilight sleep, but will not be aware of what is going on around you. People who use IV sedation generally have no memory of the procedure. When using IV sedation, however, you will need to have someone drive you home after the procedure and it is recommended that they monitor you for the first few hours. You can also expect to feel tired and generally out-of-it for the rest of the day. 


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Advantages of Digital Dental Impression Technology

Dental impressions have been an essential part of dental procedures for decades, allowing dentists to accurately and precisely create restorations and orthodontic appliances. However, traditional dental impression techniques have their limitations, including inaccuracies, discomfort for the patient, and time-consuming processes. With the advancements in technology, dental impressions can now be taken digitally, improving the accuracy, efficiency, and comfort for the patient. In this blog post, we will discuss digital dental impression technology and its advantages.

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How to Adapt to Your New Dentures

Adjusting to life with dentures can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time wearing them. But you don’t need to worry — with some patience and practice, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of your new teeth in no time. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the basics of what it takes to adjust to your dentures so that you can start smiling confidently again. From how long it typically takes for a person’s mouth and gums to get used to their new teeth, learning how diet choices affect how well they fit, as well as finding helpful support from fellow denture-wearers along the way – we cover all of this and more!

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The Ins and Outs of Inlays and Onlays

If you’re like many people, you may not know the differences between inlays and onlays and when each is used. Whether you need one or both of these treatments—or neither at all—will depend upon your specific dental needs. We want to make sure that everyone understands what exactly an inlay or onlay does for their teeth, so here’s everything you need to know about these restorative procedures.

Happy Dentist's Day

Happy Dentist’s Day

Happy National Dentist’s Day! Today is a day to celebrate all the hardworking dentists out there who help us keep our teeth clean and healthy. Whether you love going to the dentist or not, we should all be thankful for the expert care they provide. Dentistry is an important part of health care, and regular dental exams are key to maintaining good oral and overall health. Thanks for reading and celebrating National Dentist’s Day with our dentists!


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