Sedation Dentistry: The Key To A Beautiful Smile [BLOG]

 

If you have ever thought about cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile, you’re probably already aware of the vast number of options that are out there today. Veneers, teeth whitening, gum reshaping, tooth bonding and contouring… the possibilities seem endless.

But if you’re like millions of Americans who have dental anxiety, even a routine dental cleaning and exam can be terrifying. Forget about extensive, more complicated cosmetic procedures!

An estimated 30-40 million people are affected by a fear of the dentist. So you’re certainly not alone. Dental anxiety becomes a problem, however, when it reaches a level of intensity that has you avoiding the dentist at all costs. What does this mean? Well, many things, actually.

For one thing, you put yourself at higher risk for gum disease. Good oral hygiene at home is important, but only a highly skilled hygienist has the knowledge, experience, and proper tools and equipment to effectively clean and remove plaque buildup that can lead to gum disease.

Aside from the risks to your oral and overall health, you also miss out on the opportunity to have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. You’d be amazed at what modern cosmetic dentistry can do to make a smile more attractive. Yet, if you’re too afraid to explore what’s out there, you’re stuck with a smile that’s less than you deserve.

At Advanced Dental in Las Cruces, NM, we offer various forms of sedation that could mean the difference between the smile you have and the smile you wish you had.

Putting You At Ease At Advanced Dental

Dr. Reiter and our team specialize in giving patients the beautiful, healthy smiles they deserve. With sedation dentistry in our Las Cruces office, you will finally have the courage to explore our cosmetic options and begin your journey toward a new and improved smile.

The first and mildest of our sedation options is nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask that’s placed over your nose. It’s safe, effective, and has been used by dentists for many years to help people of all ages overcome their dental anxiety. You will be awake during treatment, but the mild effect is still enough to keep you very calm and relaxed.

Some patients need a bit more help than that, however. If your dental anxiety is more intense, or if you require longer, more extensive dental procedures, oral sedation might be a better option for you. This is in the form of a pill that you take about an hour before your appointment so that you’ll be completely calm and ready to receive treatment in time for the procedure. This is a great option for many people because it puts you in a state of conscious sedation but have you on the very edge of sleep. Some patients even drift off during it. When alls said and done, you’ll have received the dental care you needed without even remembering your appointment at all.

The first step in being able to get the smile you want and deserve is to talk to Dr. Reiter about your fears and concerns. We will help create a treatment plan customized to suit your needs, whether it be through general or cosmetic dentistry.

We Put Your Comfort First

Sometimes,  all you need to overcome your anxiety is a warm, friendly face to greet you when you enter our office. Our caring staff is committed to your comfort and to seeing that you get the kind of care you deserve. That’s why we don’t just stop at sedation.

We find that patients feel more relaxed with the help of cozy items such as pillows and blankets, for example. You can also enjoy complimentary beverages in the waiting area. And speaking of waiting, another thing that tends to add to a patient’s anxiety is feeling rushed during an appointment. So Dr. Reiter makes sure to take his time with you. With a longer appointment time, you can relax and know that our highly skilled specialists will be thorough and set your mind at ease by explaining all phases of your treatment plan.

Are you ready to overcome your fear of the dentist so you finally get the smile you’ve always wanted? Call Advanced Dental in Las Cruces at 575-680-1037 today or fill out our online form to request a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Reiter.

 

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