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By Hearthside Dentistry
March 07, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentist   Sedation Dentistry  

Fear of the dentist is a common situation that affects many people. Luckily, you can work with your dentist to overcome your fear by using sedation dentistry. But how does sedation dentistry work? Can it help your dental anxiety? Find out with Dr. Christina McMillon at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO.

What is sedation dentistry? 

Sedation dentistry is a way for dentists to help patients cope with anxiety related to dental visits and procedures. Many events or experiences can trigger this anxiety, keeping patients from seeking out the preventive and necessary care they require for their smiles. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help the patient relax both mind and body during their dental visit. Sedation dentistry comes in various strengths depending on the patient, the complexity of their procedure, and the level of their dental anxiety.

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry? 

A good candidate for sedation dentistry is in good health and able to undergo the sedation process. In addition to helping patients relax, sedation dentistry allows several procedures to be completed in one visit. Sedation dentistry can also help those with jaw weakness or pain, people with a severe gag reflex, and other physical limitations. Dentists recommend against sedation dentistry if the patient has a heart condition, is taking certain medications, has medical allergies, or suffers from certain respiratory conditions.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry has several different levels and strengths. Sedation begins conservatively with mild sedation or “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide is a safe and trusted method that has been used in the dentistry field for a long time.

For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Christina McMillon at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO. Call 303-280-2285 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Hearthside Dentistry
February 25, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Don't hide your smile, improve it! Cosmetic dentistry in Thornton, CO, can help give you the confidence to smile again. Dr. Christina McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry offers a variety of cosmetic treatments for all your dental needs.

Teeth Whitening

The first thing that most people who want to improve their smile think about is teeth whitening. Regular brushing keeps your teeth healthy, but for a truly bright white smile, you should consider professional whitening. In-office whitening only takes an hour and brightens your smile by up to eight shades.


If you have chipped or cracked teeth your dentist may recommend this treatment. Using a dental bonding material, your dentist will fill and reshape your damaged teeth. 

Dental Veneers

Veneers are another alternative to enhance your smile, provided by your cosmetic dentist in Thornton, CO. They are thin shells that cover the front surface of your teeth to cover imperfections and give you a perfect smile.

Dental Implants

If you have one or more teeth that can't be repaired with bonding or veneers or have a gap in your smile, dental implants are an excellent option because they can replace one or more teeth. Titanium posts are affixed to the patient's jaw and it is on these that the replacement crown is bonded, making for a very long-lasting addition to your smile.

Your dentist can find the best combination of cosmetic treatments specifically for you.

Don't Delay

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry treatments in Thornton, CO, please give Dr. McMillon of Hearthside Dentistry a call today at (303) 280-2285. 


Find out how dental crowns could improve the appearance and health of your smile.

Dental crowns are among the most commonly placed dental restorations here at Hearthside Dentistry. Our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon and her team have made it their mission to provide patients with beautiful, lifelike restorations. Want to know what dental crowns can offer your smile? Here are just some of the benefits,

Crowns Offer Cosmetic Benefits

We all know that having a tooth that is discolored or misshapen can significantly impact the appearance of your smile, as well as your confidence. The good news is that by simply placing a ceramic crown over the tooth we can easily transform it to any shape, size, or color you desire so the tooth blends beautifully with the rest of your smile.

Crowns are Quite Versatile

Dental crowns are used for a variety of different reasons, making them one of the restorations that our Thornton, CO, dental team most often uses. Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of a tooth as well as,

  • Cover and restore a weak or damaged tooth
  • Protect a tooth after root canal therapy
  • Preserve a cracked or fractured tooth
  • Cover a dental implant to complete the artificial tooth
  • Stabilize dental bridges

Crowns Are Built to Last

Cosmetic crowns are often made from ceramic or porcelain, which is a tough, durable material that is designed to look just like a real tooth. The material is even matched to the color of your tooth beforehand to make sure that it is the same shade as the rest of your smile. Crowns can last anywhere from five to 15 years or longer, depending on how well you care for your new restoration.

Preserve and Protect Your Natural Teeth

Our goal is to always preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. When decay, infection, or injuries occur, we look for the most conservative approach that will also protect and strengthen the tooth. A crown covers the entire tooth, making it a strong protective barrier that will rebuild and improve the overall durability and function of the tooth in the long run.

Here at Hearthside Dentistry, Dr. McMillon is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental crowns to patients living in and around Thornton, CO. If you think your smile could benefit from dental crowns, call our office today at (303) 280-2285 to schedule a no-risk consultation.

By Hearthside Dentistry
October 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Nervous about your upcoming dental procedure? We can fix that!

If you’ve ever talked to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon about how nervous you feel when you need to have a cavity filled or even during a dental cleaning, then you probably know that we offer sedation dentistry. One of the most commonly used and most well-known types of sedation dentistry we offer is nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. Here’s what you should know about nitrous oxide and how it might help ease your anxiety here at Hearthside Dentistry. 

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a sedative that is mixed with oxygen and administered through a mask that covers the nose to help patients feel calm and relaxed during their procedure. Nitrous oxide is delivered in a steady stream to the patient throughout their treatment.

What are the benefits of nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is one of the most commonly used forms of sedation dentistry because it is safe and effective at providing patients with the instant relaxation they need. The other benefit of nitrous oxide is that the effects wear off almost as soon as the mask is removed from the nose. Since nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep and effects do not linger, this also means that patients can often drive themselves home after their appointment.

Who can benefit from nitrous oxide?

You may be surprised to discover that nitrous oxide and sedation dentistry in general, is safe and effective for patients of all ages. Our Thornton, CO, dental team has provided everyone from children to seniors with sedation dentistry to make their dental appointments easier. While we often administer sedation dentistry to nervous patients, this isn’t the only reason to consider sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry may help a squirming and stressed child sit still so they can get the dental work they require in a timely and more efficient manner. It can help make you feel more comfortable if you experience pain when sitting in one position for an extended period of time. It’s also great if you have a sensitive gag reflex that has you gagging during your dental visits. It can also help those with special needs feel more comfortable and at ease.

If you feel nervous in the dentist’s chair and it’s keeping you from getting the treatment your smile needs, then it’s time to talk to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. McMillon and her team about how sedation dentistry could help. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call Hearthside Dentistry at (303) 280-2285.

By Hearthside Dentistry
June 02, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Visiting your dentist is a must to protect your teeth from damage. At Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, Dr. Christina McMillon provides patients with several preventative services and restorative procedures. But when do you know it's time to visit your dentist?

Signs it's time to see your dentist

  • Pain and toothaches are a big sign you should visit your dentist. Pain is your body's alarm that something is wrong and needs your attention. Toothaches occur when bacteria has infiltrated a tooth and reached a deeper layer rich with nerves. If you don't visit your dentist, this issue may spiral into tooth loss and then the fix will be more invasive and expensive.
  • Sores are painful and while canker sores can resolve themselves, there are other more insidious sores that require your dentist's immediate attention. Sores can be a sign of oral cancer and your Thornton, CO, dentist needs to properly diagnose it so she can discuss treatment options.
  • Persistent bad breath is embarrassing! If you continuously brush, floss, and use mouthwash but have bad breath, this may be a symptom of gum disease, an infection that damages oral tissue- soft tissue and bone that supports teeth. Periodontitis may lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Gum disease is largely preventable if you maintain a healthy oral regimen.
  • It's been six months since you've seen your dentist. As a rule of thumb, you should visit your dentist every six months for a routine checkup and a professional dental cleaning. If it's been six months since your last appointment, you need to schedule an appointment now. Checkups and cleanings help maintain your health and prevent disease or serious issues from progressing.

Would you like to book an appointment?

If you'd like to visit Dr. McMillon, don't hesitate to call Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, at (303) 280-2285.

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