For many patients, visiting the dentist is an anxiety-ridden experience, whether due to past experiences or stories shared by others. However, in the long run, avoiding visiting a dentist causes more harm than good. Without regular preventative dental care, cavities, gingivitis, and other oral health-related issues can arise and become severe conditions without proper treatment.
From gentle, professional cleanings and x-rays to sedation methods, the friendly dentists and staff at Smile for Life Dentistry are committed to making your visits a relaxed and comfortable experience. In addition to making your office visits stress-free and positive, we are committed to educating you about the various dental treatment options available to you.
If you have questions about our comfort dentistry services or how we will make your visit a comfortable, and positive experience, call Smile for Life Dentistry at 618-288-6699 today to schedule an appointment.
Gentle Professional Cleaning
People over the age of four or five should visit their dentist for a professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. To maintain oral health, it is very important that you stay current on the condition of your teeth so that if problems are detected, they can be treated early to avoid developing more serious issues.
At Smile for Life Dentistry, we provide comfortable, gentle teeth cleanings, specifically to detect, deter and prevent gum disease. If we find a cause for concern, we may recommend a deep gum cleaning to remove tartar below the gum line, smooth out surfaces where plaque builds up and eliminate bacterial infection.
Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have.
Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes, you should start to feel the effects of the Nitrous Oxide. You won't fall asleep; instead, the Nitrous Oxide simply puts you at ease and eliminates any anxiety you may normally experience.
Oral sedation dentistry is a medical procedure involving the administration of oral sedative drugs, generally to facilitate a dental procedure and reduce patients' fear and anxiety. If you're afraid, anxious, or apprehensive, let your dentist at Smile for Life Dentistry know; he or she will choose the right form of dental sedation for you. Call us at 618-288-6699 for an appointment.