Stay Calm & Keep Your Mouth HealthyFriday, July 1st, 2016
Almost all of us have heard this saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
It’s usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin, a fitting reminder as we approach the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
Our freedom is something to celebrate, but it also means we have the freedom to make good decisions about our health, which includes our dental care.
At Advanced Smile Arts, we don’t promote general dentistry just because. We do it because it’s the best way to prevent problems from developing or getting out of hand.
It’s why we welcome and encourage patients in and around Danville, IL, to visit us a few times every year for routine dental cleanings and examinations.
The best approach to your oral health is following the guidelines suggested by the American Dental Association.
This definitely includes home care.
That means brushing your teeth twice per day. Each time you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste, and you should scrub your teeth for two minutes to cover them from all sides.
That also means flossing on a daily basis. Whether you use dental floss, flossers, water flossers, or some other device, it’s important to clean between your teeth and gums every day.
Last, but not least, you should visit the dentist regularly. A good guideline is to come twice per year, although some patients with chronic issues may want to visit more frequently.
Your time with us includes more than just a cleaning by one of our hygienists. Our staff also examines your mouth thoroughly.
We take X-rays to check the alignment of your teeth and to look for any changes since previous visits. We use the DIAGNOdent, a laser cavity detection tool that can help us find cavities sooner than we could by using our eyes alone.
We watch for the symptoms of gum disease, and we conduct oral cancer screenings as well.
All of these things are meant to catch problems as early as possible. Early treatment is the most effective way to prevent those problems from turning into something worse.
For some patients, we also know sitting in the chair is easier said than done. If you are one of them, then you may be interested in dental sedation.
Sedation Dentistry For Dental Anxiety
The first thing you should know if you deal with dental anxiety or fear of the dentist is that you are not alone. Millions of people across the United States share your anxiety, including patients who come to Advanced Smile Arts.
How are they able to make their appointments and keep calm during their treatment? For many of them, sedation dentistry is the key.
Dental sedation is intended to help you relax and feel comfortable whether you are receiving a routine cleaning or another procedure. Sedation is great way to manage many causes of dental anxiety, such as:
- Fear of pain
- Fear of gagging
- Fear of losing control
This isn’t a complete list of reasons to consider sedation dentistry, but it may include one or more reasons you may want to ask if it can help you.
We offer two kinds of sedation for our patients.
➤ Nitrous oxide
“Laughing gas” has been used by dentists for more than 150 years. For nearly as people became aware of its pain-relieving properties, dental professionals have been using it to help their patients.
Today, we have a much better understanding of how to administer nitrous oxide. As you inhale this gas, it will leave you feeling calm and relaxed. While you are under its effects, you often won’t remember much of what happens.
When you are finished, all we have to do is turn off the gas. You will exhale whatever is left in your body, and you will be back to feeling like yourself in a matter of minutes.
➤ Oral sedation
This is a stronger form of dental sedation, and we recommend it for patients will higher levels of anxiety.
We can prescribe you a dose of medicine to take the night before your appointment to help you sleep. The day of your appointment, you take a different medication before your cleaning or other procedure.
The effects will leave you feeling groggy or you may actually fall asleep. In any case, you are unlikely to remember any of your treatment. You will stay comfortable and calm throughout your time in the chair.
You will need to make arrangements for a friend or family member to take you home, however, since the effects of the medicine can last for a few hours.
Calm, Relaxed Dental Care
We want all our patients to feel comfortable when they visit our Danville office for dental care, whether that is general dentistry or something else. If you feel anxious just thinking about this, then we would encourage you to ask about our sedation options.
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