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Dental discoloration and dullness happens to even the most diligent dental patients. The truth is that the constant wear and tear—including eating and dental grinding—of daily life will probably cause your smile to become stained or discolored at some point.

But fear not! Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists have many ways to refresh your enamel, or cover it with a natural looking material. You’ll find that there are many aesthetic dentistry options available to you.

Dental enamel is the outermost layer of your tooth. So all of the foods and drinks that you consume come into contact with your enamel. Once your enamel has accumulated stains you might want to:

· Use topical whitening formulas to diminish these stains—whitening gels and other topical treatments lift existing stains in a short period of time. Our dental team can administer these in-office, additionally, there are at-home whitening options that you can self-administer.

· Have our dental team cover your natural enamel with dental resin—this option is called dental bonding. Basically, our dentist will apply dental resin over your teeth. Once the resin bonds to your tooth, it stays in place permanently.

· Resurface your smile with Lumineers—porcelain Lumineers are actually individual cosmetic dental restorations. Each Lumineer is crafted and shaded individually. Once the Lumineer is completed, our dental team attaches the restoration to your natural tooth. This is another cosmetic and restorative option—once the Lumineer is in place, you can eat, drink, speak, and clean your teeth normally.

The exact treatment that is right for you will depend on the current state of your smile, as well as you aesthetic preferences. The best way to get started is to schedule a consultation with our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists. We can help you love your bright and luminous smile again!

Dental anxiety can be an insidious and overwhelming problem for many dental patients. Dental anxiety may keep you out of the dentist’s chair, and thus prevent you from getting the crucial treatments you need. Our Saint Louis dentists truly believe that helping patients overcome fear of dentistry is one of the most important things that we can do. That is why we…

1. Listen to our patients

We take the time to really get to know our dental patients, so that we can understand their fears and concerns. We develop, and maintain, clear lines of communication, so that the people we treat can come to use with their questions and anxieties. You’re always an active participant in your own treatment.

2. Use state-of-the-art treatments

The innovative and modern treatments that we use, like Lumineers and mini dental implants, make dental treatment faster and more comfortable than it was years ago. The types of dental treatment that we provide are not the same options that you remember from childhood.

3. Offer sedation options

Sedation treatment has been completely life changing for many people who suffer from dental fear and anxiety. Oral conscious sedation will help you relax in the dentist’s chair, and avoid experiencing pain and discomfort. And all you have to do in order to start reaping the benefits of oral conscious sedation is to take a small pill about an hour before your appointment. It is truly that easy!

When you talk to our Saint Louis sedation dentists, don’t be shy in discussing any questions or concerns you may have about pursuing dental treatment. We are to here to listen to you and give you the information that you need so that you can start making strong decisions for your smile. Let’s get serious about defeating dental anxiety, together.

No one knows your smile, and that state of your health in general, better than you do. One of the key things that our Saint Louis dentists always encourage patients to do is to monitor and record any changes that may occur in their mouths and bodies in general. When you make a habit of keeping track of oral health changes, you can let your dentist know about issues right away—before they become serious.

It is with this mind that our dentists have put together this list of common sleep apnea symptoms. Take a look at this list, and then let your dentist know if you have started to notice any of these problems in your own daily life.

A quick reminder: sleep apnea is a condition in which a patient’s airway becomes blocked by oral tissues as he or she sleeps. This prevents the patient from breathing normally, and thus deprives the person of oxygen. In order to restore healthy oxygen levels, the person will wake up suddenly to kick start the breathing process.

So what might you notice if you suffer from sleep apnea?

1. General fatigue—sleep apnea prevents you from getting the restful sleep that you need, so you’ll probably feel tired during the day.

2. Headaches—sleep apnea patients are prone to headaches—especially in the morning and at night—due to sleep deprivation as well as muscle tension.

3. Loud snoring—this is hallmark sign of sleep apnea.

4. Concentration problems—if you find that you feel foggy during the day, or that you have memory problems, it could be related to sleep apnea.

If you notice these issue popping up in your own life, please do not wait to seek treatment. Our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists have the treatments you need to stay well.

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