One of the worst things you can do for your health is skip dental visits. This doesn’t just apply to your oral health, either. The health of your whole body can be affected the health of your teeth and gums.
The health of your teeth decides what type of food you eat and what vitamins and nutrients are going to make it into your body. If your teeth and gums are causing you pain, then you are less likely to eat the healthy foods that are high in fiber and require a lot chewing. If you aren’t eating properly, the effects ripple throughout your body, increasing your risks of developing an illness, like heart disease or diabetes.
Even if you take good care of your teeth and gums at home, you probably do not have the skills and equipment necessary to adequately protect your mouth from tooth decay and gum disease. That is why you need to keep regular appointments at Antoine Dental Center. We have the expertise and experience to keep your smile healthy, and in turn protect the health of the rest of your body.
So, what is keeping you from coming into our Houston office? Is it fear of pain? Discomfort? Or is a simple matter of inconvenience? Whatever the case, sedation dentistry may be the solution to get you in our dental chair, so that we can take care of your smile.
Modern dentistry can be nearly, and sometimes absolutely, pain free with the use of sedation. There is no need to let anxiety stop you from getting the quality dental care you need to stay healthy.
Nitrous Oxide – You probably know it as “laughing gas”. Inhaled sedation is probably the most well known form of dental sedation. During your procedure, we will place a small mask over your nose to deliver you a constant stream of nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen.
This form of sedation is great for those with mild dental anxiety, or whom just tense up during dental work. It will allow you to relax, but stay conscious and fairly alert. The effects of nitrous oxide dissipate almost immediately after you stop breathing it in. This means you should be able to drive yourself home, making inhaled sedation more convenient for those with busy schedules.
Oral Sedation – Maybe nitrous oxide isn’t enough to put your mind at ease while visiting our office. If your dental anxiety is moderate to severe, then you made need oral sedation. This comes in the form a prescription sedative pill that you will take a couple of hours before your appointment.
Oral sedation is heavier and lasts longer than nitrous oxide, so you will need to arrange for a ride to and from our office. Although you will be in very deep state of relaxation, you will still be conscious and somewhat alert, but you will likely have little to no memory of the dental work you had done.
Even if you aren’t afraid or nervous at the dentist office, you may still be able to benefit from oral sedation. Some people get restless when they have to be still for extended periods of time, which makes dental procedures problematic. With sedation dentistry, you will be able relax and lie still for as long as you need to.
IV Sedation – This is the highest level of sedation, and it is ideal for those have an extreme fear, or phobia, of dental work. IV sedation will put you completely under. You will not conscious at all. You will see, feel, or hear nothing. You will have no memory of the procedure whatsoever.
IV sedation will also allow you to receive multiple procedures in one visit, which means you only have to work one appointment into your schedule. You will only have to find a ride to and from our office once. And your recovery time will be shortened because you do not have to continually come back for more work.
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With sedation dentistry, you no longer have to be afraid of the dentist. You also don’t have to worry about the havoc dental procedures play on your schedule. Simply put, sedation dentistry is more convenient and less stressful than traditional dentistry.
So, don’t put off your checkups any further. Antoine Dental Center provides the sedations options you need for a pleasant dental visit here in Houston.
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