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Sedation can Help you Feel Good about Seeing the Dentist

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Dental anxiety is a common reason that Americans skip their routine visits to the dentist. The fear associated with dentistry is not thing to be ashamed of; you are not alone if you have avoided making that six-month checkup, even if you have been putting it off for years.

The problem with dental anxiety is that you are not getting the care you need to keep your teeth and gums health. If and when you do finally see the dentist, it is more than likely because of a painful problem. This pattern only exacerbates the fear you may have of sitting in the dental chair; but we can change all of that.

Dr. Morrison and Dr. Bramipour want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you visit Moberi Dental Specialists. We offer several sedation dentistry techniques to make your visits productive, pleasant, and pain-free.

Why Some People have Dental Anxiety

Dental phobias can develop for several reasons:

Sensitivity in teeth and gums

Traumatic or unpleasant dental experience in the past

Fear of needles

Difficulty sitting still for long periods

Strong gag reflex

Sensitivity to the overall environment of the dental office

Fear of embarrassment related to perceived poor oral health

How Sedation Works

There are several method of sedation that can help patients obtain necessary dental care. Essentially, they all do the same thing; but they differ in the method of delivery.

Nitrous oxide, known as “laughing gas,” is a mild form of sedation that is delivered through a comfortable nasal mask. After just a few seconds of inhalation, your stress and fear will begin to melt away and you will tolerate dental care easily. Just as quickly as the sedative effects sets in, it leaves. This is unique to nitrous oxide, which is why this is the only form of sedation that allows you to drive yourself to and from your dental visits.

Oral conscious sedation involves taking a prescription medication shortly before your dental treatment. Because it is ingested, it may take slightly longer to blunt your anxiety. However, oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for mild to moderate dental anxiety.

IV sedation is administered under observation throughout the entire dental procedure. It is safe and effective, alleviating fears quickly and facilitating complete comfort.

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Root Canal Treatment in Houston

Has your dentist or endodontist recommended that you receive a root canal treatment for a damaged or infected tooth? Often the term “root canal” is a known but scary term for dental patients. However, if you find yourself in need of a root canal, rest assured that you are not alone. Millions of Americans require a root canal or other endodontic treatment every year.

What Causes the Need For a Root Canal?

Our teeth are covered in a hard layer of protective enamel. The purpose of this enamel is to prevent the exposure of the many sensitive structures that lie within our teeth. Inside our teeth, in the pulp, there are many blood vessels and nerves to be found.

If the pulp inside of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed after a dental injury or advancement of tooth decay, the most appropriate treatment of your tooth is a root canal procedure.

What Are the Symptoms of an Inflamed or Infected Tooth?

While you may not experience any symptoms to indicate an infection, many of our patients report intense pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, swollen and painful gums and even drainage of infected fluid around the tooth.

What is Involved in a Root Canal Procedure?

During a root canal procedure, your mouth will be numbed so that your dentist or endodontist can remove the infected pulp from inside of your tooth roots. The dentist will drill into your affected tooth or may even have to cut into your gum tissue in order to properly clean your root canals and eliminate the infection. After the inside of your tooth is completely disinfected, it will be filled with a rubber-like material and covered with a crown or other restoration.

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Is a Root Canal Painful?

Your dentist will use the same anesthetic that he or she uses for dental fillings during your root canal procedure. Therefore, your mouth will be fully numb and you should be comfortable during the procedure. Depending on the level of infection to be treated, your mouth may be swollen and you may have discomfort for a couple of days after treatment. If this is the case, your dentist can provide pain medication.

How Many Office Visits Does a Root Canal Require?

Typically, a root canal can be performed in just one office visit within an hour or two. However, delays may arise if your dentist recommends that your tooth be restored with a crown following the procedure. If this is the case then you may be fitted for a temporary crown during your first visit and asked to return when your permanent crown is ready for placement.

How Long Will My Root Canal Treatment Be Effective?

A root canal restores much of the function and appearance of your natural tooth structure. This means that with proper at-home care and regular dental check-ups, just as you would do for your other teeth, treatment of your affected tooth will last years maybe even your lifetime.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal or have been told you need the procedure and are looking for a qualified endodontist contact Moberi Dental Specialists for a consultation today.