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As dental technology continues to advance, our dental team is able to do more, and patients are able to get the treatments they, quickly and conveniently. One tool that has transformed the dentistry experience for many patients is sedation dentistry.

Our Saint Louis sedation dentists use relaxation treatments to help our patients stay calm and comfortable in the dentist’s chair. We want you to have a positive experience during your appointment; for some people, sedation treatment is necessary in order to meet that goal.

So, when do we utilize sedation treatment? Well, the truth is that sedation services are always customized to fit our individual patients’ needs, so there is no “one size fits all” answer to this question. There are, however, here are some guidelines regarding the use of sedation:

When the patient suffers from debilitating dental anxiety: there are some people for whom the mere thought of going to the dentist is panic-inducing. If you are someone who has avoided dental care due to fear or anxiety, sedation may be able to help you. 

For invasive or physically taxing procedures: patients who are undergoing dental surgery are prime candidates for sedation treatment. Not only does sedation keep you comfortable during treatment, it also helps to prevent your body from tensing up and fighting the procedures.

To help our team get more done, faster: when a patient is sedated, he or she does not become fatigued as quickly in the dentist’s chair. This means that our dentists can complete more treatments in one appointment, greatly improving the expediency and convenience of treatment for you!

When you meet with our Saint Louis sedation dentists, we’ll talk to you about your sedation needs, and assess whether sedation is appropriate for your situation. It’s easy to get started; just give our office a call to schedule a personal consultation.

Although many patients take pains to protect their teeth and avoid cavities, many patients don’t realize that there are forces at work in your mouth every day that may be changing your dental enamel. The truth is that dental enamel can wear down over time—and there are a number of different causes of this phenomenon. Read on for more information from our Saint Louis dentists about what to look for in your mouth.

Do you grind your teeth?

If you regularly grind or clench your teeth, you may be wearing down your dental enamel. The trick is, many patients don’t immediately realize that they’re doing this because it happens when they are sleeping. So if you wake up with a headache, jaw, or neck stiffness, talk to your dentist about the possibility of you wearing down your teeth due to clenching and grinding.

How often are you rinsing your mouth after meals?

Every time you eat or drink something your mouth produces oral acids. These acids can wear down dental enamel over time—causing your teeth to look duller. Try to rinse your mouth with water or even brush directly after eating. Acids are produced for as long as 30 minutes after you consume something, so rinse right away to deter acid erosion.

Are you brushing the right way?

Patients who brush and apply too much force, or brush with bristles that are too firm may notice that their enamel starts to thin. Make sure to apply light pressure as you brush, and pick a soft ore medium bristled brush to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Your dentist will be able to most effectively monitor your teeth and gums for signs of wear and tear. Additionally, if you notice any oral sensitivity or irritation, let your dentist know right away to seek treatment. Our Saint Louis dental office is here to help you keep your teeth strong and healthy for years to come.

Your smile is an integral part of your appearance; you want it to make a positive impression, and represent you well.

If you are unhappy with the current state of your smile, please know that you are not alone! Many people contact our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists looking to achieve smile transformations. We are here to help you evaluate your treatment options, so that you can ultimately decide which aesthetic solution meets all of your needs.

One of the things that you want to consider when exploring your options is your ideal treatment timeline. If you need to achieve results quickly, you may benefit from professional dental whitening, dental bonding, and/or porcelain veneers. When you meet with our dental team, let them know if you are on a deadline for a special event like a wedding or reunion. We’ll work within your timeframe!

It’s also worth noting that different aesthetic solutions require different types and levels of post-treatment maintenance. Professional whitening treatments, for example, will need to be repeated bi-annually or annually in order to maintain bright, white enamel. On the other hand, porcelain veneers are naturally stain resistant, so these restorations will continue to look bright and fresh for years to come.

Another obvious consideration is budget. We offer treatment options to fit a number of different budgets, so that cosmetic treatment is never out of reach. Professional whitening is a very affordable way to refresh natural teeth. In order to achieve a more dramatic smile transformation you may look into dental bonding or porcelain veneer; with dental bonding being the more affordable of these two options.

The key to successful cosmetic treatment is really to weigh all these different treatment factors, and to give them their appropriate weight. The best way to get started is to contact our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists to schedule a personal consultation.

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