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Sedation treatment has come a long way in recent years. Relaxation dentistry treatments are now more convenient and patient-friendly than ever before. If you have been wondering whether sedation treatment could help you, then keep reading to learn more from our Saint Louis sedation dentists!

One type of dental patient that can really benefit from sedation treatment is the person who suffers from dental anxiety. Many people feel so stressed at the thought of going to the dentist’s office that they regularly avoid dental treatment. Unfortunately, this puts the patient at risk of suffering from more serious, and costly, oral health problems down the road.

Sedation treatments, like oral conscious sedation, can help you feel calm and confident before your dental appointment. One unique thing about oral conscious sedation, is that you actually take the sedative before you even get into our office. Oral conscious sedation has been transformative for many chronic sufferers of dental anxiety.

You may also want to use sedation dentistry if you are going to be undergoing comprehensive, multi-phased dental treatments. Many people who want to achieve smile transformations, for example, will combine treatments to meet all of their aesthetic and structural needs.

In general, our dental team is able to complete more treatments in a single appointment when the patient is using sedation. When you think about it, this makes a lot of sense; sedation helps the person stay relaxed throughout the treatment process. When you choose sedation, your body will not tense up as quickly in the dentist’s chair, and you will not become as mentally and emotionally fatigued. Consequently, our team can get more done in a shorter period of time!

To get more information about sedation, and to schedule a personal consultation with our team, please call our Saint Louis sedation dentists! You can also use the Contact Us form on our website to get started!

Dental enamel is the outermost covering of the tooth—this tooth layer is designed to protect the inner tooth from damage and infection. Dental enamel is designed to be strong and fairly non-porous. However, over time dental enamel can weaken, and this can put your teeth at risk of suffering from damage and infection.

Our Saint Louis dentists are here to tell you about some early signs of dental enamel deterioration and thinning. We hope that this info helps you seek treatment for enamel issues before they become severe.

As your enamel thins, you may find that your teeth actually start to change in appearance. If your teeth are looking more yellow in appearance, it could be because the dentin—the tooth layer under the dental enamel—is starting to show through to the surface of the tooth.

You might also find that your teeth have become more sensitive over time. Dental sensitivity is a sign that your enamel is more porous, and the nerves inside of your tooth are too exposed.

A clear sign that your enamel is compromised is an increase in cracks and chips in your enamel. Even small dental damage can be indicative of a larger problem, and micro cracks and chips can intensify and widen over time.

If you think that your enamel is weakening, talk to your dentist about your treatment options. Topical fluoride treatments can help to remineralize your enamel, and dental bonding can be used to further strengthen your dental structure. The sooner that you seek treatment for enamel thinning, the better your long-term prognosis.

Our Saint Louis dentists are happy to answer any questions that you may have about dental enamel issues. Give us a call to schedule a consultation, or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit a question!

Many dental patients find that their teeth become more sensitive as time goes on. And, in fact, every year as the weather turns colder our Saint Louis dentists hear from people who are experiencing new or increased dental sensitivity.

You may feel dental discomfort when you walk out and your teeth meet a cold burst of air. Your teeth may also react to cold beverages and ice cream. Alternatively, you may experience sensitivity when your teeth are cold and they are exposed to something warm, like coffee.

So why does this happen?

Generally, this type of dental sensitivity occurs because your dental enamel has changed in consistency and/or thinned. Dental enamel is the outermost layer of your tooth—when you look in the mirror and see white and shiny teeth, what you’re really looking at is your dental enamel. Enamel is designed to protect the more sensitive, inner layers of your tooth—the dentin and the dental pulp.

Many things can cause your enamel to become weaker and thin. Acidic substances, for example, cause dental enamel to demineralize and wear down. Oral bacteria can also infiltrate your dental enamel and bore holes into the inner tooth structure. Alternatively, if you suffer from bruxism—chronic dental grinding—the pressure that this condition puts on your enamel leads to dental deterioration.

When enamel thins, it may leave dental nerves too exposed. Thus, changes in temperature, and extreme temperatures in general, can activate these nerves and cause dental discomfort.

The good news is that there are treatments that can strengthen and fortify your enamel, and there are treatments that can cover your enamel with a strong and resilient restorative substance. If you want to learn more about how our team addresses insufficient enamel, reach out to our Saint Louis dentists for more information. You can always reach us by phone or by using the Contact Us page on our website.

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