Dental fear and anxiety keep too many people from getting the dental treatments that they need to stay well. Our Saint Louis dentists understand that anxiety is a common problem among dental patients of many ages. That is why we make it such a priority to help people overcome dentistry-related stress and trepidation.
One treatment that is increasingly popular, and impressively effective, is oral conscious sedation. Keep reading to get more information about this exciting sedation option!
Q: What does oral conscious sedation do?
A: Oral conscious sedation makes you feel calm, comfortable, and untroubled in the dentist’s chair. You are never actually unconscious during treatment, but because oral conscious sedation has amnesiac qualities, you will not remember the treatment process once the sedative wears off.
Q: How is oral conscious sedation administered?
A: One reason that so many people love this treatment is that it is completely needle-free and face-mask-free. In order to benefit from oral conscious sedation, you will take a dentist-prescribed pill about an hour before you come in for treatment (someone will need to transport you to the office, as you will be under the effects of medication!). The sedative wears off on its own post-treatment.
Q: What kind of patients use oral conscious sedation?
A: Oral conscious sedation is helpful for all kinds of dental patients—those undergoing extensive or multi-phased treatment, those who suffer from dental anxiety, and those who want to get more dental treatments completed in a shorter period of time. Before our team recommends oral conscious sedation for you we will assess your current health status, talk about your history of dental sedation, and discuss your dental goals.
If you think that sedation dentistry may be able to help you, our Saint Louis sedation dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and guide you through your treatment options. Give us a call to schedule a consultation!
It happens to so many people: you take a look at your teeth in the mirror one day, and you notice that they are looking darker and grimier than you remember. Didn’t your smile used to sparkle?
The truth is that dental discoloration is an exceptionally common dental issue among patients of many ages. Although, for many people, it seems as though dental stains popped up overnight, in most cases enamel change color gradually over time. Keep reading to get more information from our Saint Louis dentists about why dental discoloration tends to develop.
Young and healthy enamel is generally some shade of white; it also looks shiny and luminous. One reason why your teeth may start to look stained is become your enamel has absorbed colors from foods, drinks, and tobacco products: this type of discoloration is called environmental staining. Here are some substances that can leave color deposits on your teeth: coffee, tea, cola, red wine, red sauces, richly colored berries, chocolate. The longer that staining substances are allowed to hang out on your enamel, the more likely it is that they’ll cause dental stains.
Teeth can also start to look dark and yellow when dental enamel thins. Dental enamel is the outermost layer of your tooth, and this tooth layer is what gives your smile a white and bright appearance. Under the enamel is a tooth layer called dentin; dentin is naturally darker and yellower then enamel. So, if your enamel becomes thinner, more of the tooth’s dentin is able to show through to the surface of your smile.
Individual teeth may also change color due to injury or damage. For example, if a dental root is damaged and dies, the surrounding tooth structure will look dark, grey/black, and dull. In these cases, the dental issue goes far beyond aesthetics, and restorative treatment will probably be necessary.
Our Saint Louis dentists are here to determine the underlying causes of your dental discoloration, so that we can recommend treatments that suit your specific needs. Schedule a consultation with our team to get started—you may be surprised at just how much better your smile can look once it is whitened and brightened.
One of the best things that you can do for your long-term oral health is to prioritize, and refine, your daily oral hygiene routine. When you care for your smile properly day to day, you minimize your risk of suffering from periodontal disease as well as dental cavities.
Our Saint Louis dentists are here with some simple tips to help take your dental routine from adequate to outstanding. Keep reading to learn more about dental maintenance!
You are probably already brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing at least once a day—this is a great start! Beyond that…
· You can start rinsing your mouth with water after you eat, and after you drink anything other than water. This helps to stimulate saliva production (which works to neutralize bacteria), and clears dental debris from your smile.
· It is also important that you use the proper tools to care for your smile. Talk to your dentist about what type of toothbrush bristle is right for you; most people do well with a soft-bristled brush, as medium and firm bristles can be unnecessarily abrasive and cause inadvertent dental damage. Additionally, you want to ensure that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months or so, and after an illness.
· Some dental patients also benefit from adding a mouth wash into their dental routines. Specially-formulated oral rinses can freshen breath, fortify dental enamel, neutralize harmful bacteria, and combat dry mouth.
The best way to fine-tune your oral hygiene routine is to meet with your dental team, so that your dentist can assess your smile and make personalized recommendations. As always, you can reach our Saint Louis dentists by calling our office or submitting your question through our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you optimize your at-home dental care!
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