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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 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!
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.