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Anxiety and the Dentist

February 26th, 2021 Posted by Sedation 0 comments on “Anxiety and the Dentist”

Some people will do anything to get out of going to their dentist in Brevard, NC. They will make and then cancel appointments. They will reschedule checkups for years. They will even stop going to the dentist for long periods of time. Why? They suffer from what is commonly known as dental fear.

If you tense up at the thought of getting your teeth cleaned or examined, you will be relieved to know that you can reduce your anxiety and get the care you deserve. Advanced dentists now offer a range of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients feel more comfortable and worry-free. Rather than missing out on important healthcare treatments, ask your dentist about trying one or more of the following dental sedation techniques.


Oral Sedation and Laughing Gas

Two of the most popular types of sedation dentistry solutions are oral sedation and nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas. Oral sedation involves you taking medications at the dentist’s office upon arrival. The drugs offer short-term relaxation and can work for patients with mild dental fear.

Likewise, nitrous oxide works quickly and also leaves the body fast. It is breathed and causes feelings of euphoria and happiness. Nitrous oxide can be especially good for younger patients because they tend to accept it without any side effects.


IV Sedation

IV sedation sends safe, calming medications directly into your bloodstream. A trained member of the dentist practice will monitor your vital statistics the whole time you are receiving your IV sedation. This ensures a positive outcome.

While you are under IV sedation, you will feel drowsy but will not entirely go to sleep. You can respond to the dentist, as needed, but will remember very little about your dental session after the IV is removed and you return to normal consciousness.


General Anesthesia

What if you need something a little stronger than IV sedation to reduce your anxious responses at the dentist? General anesthesia could be an ideal choice because it causes complete unconsciousness.

General anesthesia is typically used by dentists for more extensive visits. For instance, you may be receiving four or six dental implants to begin the process of getting implant-supported dentures. Rather than being awake for the surgical implantation of the implants, you could opt for general anesthesia.


Which Type of Sedation Dentistry Is Right for You?

Are you tired of being afraid to go to the dentist in Brevard, NC? If you’re unsatisfied with your smile and are interested in receiving sedation for your next treatment, please feel free to contact our office in Brevard, NC to schedule your appointment. Our doctors, Dr. David KrishingnerDr. Jeffrey RootDr. John Krishingner, will be able to discuss our sedation dentistry options with you and find the best option for you. Your healthy smile will thank you!

How Stain Resistant are Porcelain Veneers?

February 26th, 2021 Posted by Cosmetic Dentistry 0 comments on “How Stain Resistant are Porcelain Veneers?”

There are many ways to obtain a beautiful smile through cosmetic dental procedures in Brevard, NC. They can include getting veneers – dental tooth coverings – over your existing teeth.


What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers may be used to correct teeth discoloration, chipped teeth, tooth gaps, or crooked teeth. Dental veneers can be made from thin porcelain or composite resin materials and can look very natural when properly placed. Porcelain veneers are often stronger and more stain resistant than their resin counterparts, offering the ability to eat and drink foods that you normally would without having to be concerned with how your teeth may be affected. Typically, porcelain veneers are covered with resin, which helps them resist stains. However, while porcelain veneers offer a great tooth correction option for daily usage, they are not fully resistant to stains or completely unbreakable.


Maintain Your Veneers

Your veneers can offer a lifetime of support for your new beautiful smile. Remembering a few easy tips will help extend the life of your veneers and your smile.

  • Be sure to maintain proper oral hygiene. Regularly visiting your dentist will help keep your teeth healthy and increase the longevity of your veneers. Since your teeth are the foundation, it’s very important to keep them healthy and clean.
  • Change up your toothpaste. Some toothpastes are highly acidic and can increase the chances of your veneers breaking down over time. Be sure to choose an effective, yet gentle toothpaste that will keep your teeth clean.
  • Maintain healthy habits. Making sure you eat healthy and maintain healthy daily habits will not only ensure your veneers stay in their best shape, but will also help your overall health and wellness.
  • Avoid harmful foods. Avoiding harmful foods that are darker colored, hard, acidic, tough, or sticky foods and beverages can help maintain the integrity and quality of your veneers and your new smile. This may include wine, ketchup, hard fruits and vegetables, ice, tough meats or breads, and sticky foods. These items do not need to be fully removed from your daily life, but they should be consumed carefully to keep your veneers strong.


Interested in Learning More?

Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile. Ready to get started? Visit our doctors, Dr. David KrishingnerDr. Jeffrey RootDr. John Krishingner, and Dr. Meghan Valde, in our office in Brevard, NC to schedule a consultation to find out more!