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Sedation Dentistry

October 19th, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We understand that going to the dentist may be stressful for some of our patients. If you're nervous about your dental visit, let us know! We want you to be as comfortable as possible during your dental treatment and are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • Apprehension about certain dental procedures

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows your doctor to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits of sedation dentistry, including:

  • Less fear or anxiety during treatment
  • More comfort during dental procedures
  • A more relaxing dental experience

Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it's a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.

Oral Sedation

Anxiolysis is a light form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety or those with longer procedures or more complex situations. Mild sedation is administered orally with a small pill. You will remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete.  All patients who receive oral sedation are required to have someone drive them home after their appointment.  Anxiolysis also has limitations on eating or drinking before your visit.

Inhaled Sedation

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Administered through a small mask that fits over your nose, it is an effective way to calm anxiety, raise your pain threshold, and even make time seem like it's passing quicker than usual. At the end of your appointment, you'll resume breathing regular oxygen, and all the effects of nitrous oxide will disappear, so you can resume your normal activities immediately. Nitrous oxide sedation allows patients to drive home after their appointments and does not require any restrictions on diet prior to the visit.

Understanding the range of choices that are available to relieve anxiety and discomfort can be very useful. Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation dentistry method is right for you.

Tooth Grinding & ‘TMJ’

October 6th, 2020

Tooth Grinding & ‘TMJ’

 

Many of us are unaware of the research that has been done, in the past 15 years, to determine the actual reason our patients grind their teeth. Most assume it is ‘stress’ related and, while that can be one factor, it is often not the main reason. The 5 Reasons people grind their teeth are as follows:

  1. Unstable Bite
  2. Orthopedic damage and deterioration of the TMJ
  3. Stress ( physical and emotional)
  4. Poor Airway during sleep ( snoring and OSA)
  5. Pharmacology ( medication induced grinding)

Here at Yellow Springs Dental, Dr. Rogers has focused his career to advanced training in the diagnosis, causes and treatments for tooth grinding. Please contact us if you have concerns about unnecessary tooth loss from grinding and/or pain associated with ‘TMJ’.

Guided Dental Implant Placement

September 16th, 2020

Guided Dental Implant Placement

At Yellow Springs Dental, we are excited to announce the implementation of the latest technology in the placement of Dental Implants. Utilizing state-of-the-art dental imaging with Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), and partnering with a top-notch dental laboratory, Dental Implant placement has become incredibly precise.

CBCT allows the reconstruction of the patient’s anatomy in 3D. All surgical sites are carefully evaluated for adequate bone supply and also to avoid certain structures (nerve canals sinuses, etc.) that can lead to challenges prior to this technology. This image is then shared with the dental laboratory that has software to virtually place the Dental Implant for optimal position for the future dental restoration. Implant manufacturer types, sizes and positions can all be decided prior to the placement now and then a Surgical Guide Stent is fabricated to duplicate this position exactly during the procedure.The end result of Guided Dental Implant Placement is shortened surgical times, quicker healing and the implant is placed in the ideal location for the future dental restoration. Yellow Springs Dental is happy to share this as a Win-Win-Win for all of our patients!

Cosmetic Dentistry

March 10th, 2020

Your smile is one of your most important features. Dentistry is continually evolving, and with a variety of advanced treatment options, achieving a beautiful, healthy, aesthetic smile is made easy for patients of all ages.

ARE YOU READY FOR A SMILE MAKEOVER?

If you're considering cosmetic dental treatment, ask yourself a few simple questions:

  • Do you hesitate when you smile?
  • Would you like to increase your self-confidence?
  • Do you want to look your best in social or professional situations?
  • Are you ready to reverse any dental imperfections you may have?

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, cosmetic dentistry may be the answer you've been looking for!

COSMETIC DENTISTRY IS AN ART AND A SCIENCE

Let us help you achieve your smile goals! Cosmetic dentistry is different from general dental care; it is both an art and science. By providing cosmetic dental care, your dentist is able to offer smile enhancement, restoration, and maintenance treatments for optimal dental health. Using cutting-edge techniques and advanced materials, our office proudly offers you a beautiful, natural smile and all the benefits that come with it.

Some of the treatment options could include but not limited to:

  1. Teeth Whitening
  2. Cosmetic Bonding
  3. Veneers
  4. Crowns
  5. Dental Implants
  6. Orthodontic treatment

Professional Teeth Whitening:

Molds of your teeth are taken to make custom trays that fit your teeth optimally. Then a whitening agent is dispensed into the reservoirs and tray is seated in your mouth. This is usually worn for a few minutes for about 3-4 weeks until desired result is achieved.

Cosmetic Bonding:

The material of choice is resin composite. It usually requires abrading of tooth to allow for the bonding of the resin. Bonding is one of the most conservative and cost-effective way to treat decay, chip or discoloration. Usually done in a single visit.

Veneers:

Most common material of choice is usually porcelain veneers. It requires minimal removal of enamel to allow for seating of the veneers.  Veneers are sometimes used to close spaces or fix crowding or mis-shaped teeth. They also help in enhancing smiles by correcting discoloration and chips

Crowns:

Most common material of choice is usually Porcelain. It encompasses and protects the entire tooth so more preparation of the tooth is necessary. This is a great option for teeth are compromised due to large decay, fracture, or discoloration.

Dental Implants:

Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.

Orthodontics/Invisalign:

There’s never been a better time to straighten your teeth with the most advanced clear aligner in the world. Our office is proud to be a certified provider of Invisalign clear aligners, which give you a clear, convenient, and comfortable option to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Feel more confident about your appearance with a new smile that is as beautiful as it is healthy. You no longer have to suffer from missing, chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. Contact our practice today and schedule your smile makeover!