Last updated 4 months ago
Nitrous oxide is a gas that can be used to reduce dental anxiety. If you feel nervous about receiving dental care, your dentist may suggest nitrous oxide to help you feel more comfortable during treatment. When you receive nitrous oxide, a small mask is placed over your nose and you will breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. The gas is fast-acting and after three to five minutes, you will feel relaxed. Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative, meaning you will be awake and able to breathe on your own—you will simply feel more at ease during treatment. Once treatment is complete, the mask is removed and the effects wear off quickly. You can safely drive yourself home from the dentist’s office and there are no harmful side effects of using this form of sedation.
At The Smile Design Center, we are focused on providing personalized and comfortable care to each of our patients. You can learn more about receiving dental work with nitrous oxide or other forms of sedation by calling (443) 275-9821. Visit us on the Web for a full listing of our general and cosmetic dentistry services in Baltimore.
Last updated 4 months ago
Root canal therapy is used to treat an infected or damaged tooth. These conditions often elicit symptoms such as chronic pain, sensitivity, and visible changes in the mouth. If you are experiencing a persistent toothache or notice any changes in the appearance of a tooth, contact your dentist for an appointment.
Tooth Pain and Sensitivity
Often a damaged or badly infected tooth will become painful. A toothache should never be ignored, but rather brought to the attention of your dentist as soon as possible. Tooth pain may not be constant, and may worsen when you bite down on the tooth or touch it. The gums around your tooth may also feel tender to the touch, and you may experience sensitivity in the tooth when eating foods that are hot, cold, spicy, or sweet.
Tooth Discoloration or Damage
If the supply of blood and nourishment to a tooth is cut off or damaged, it can cause cosmetic changes in the appearance of the tooth. An injured tooth may darken relative to the teeth around it. In some cases, damage such as a crack or chip in the tooth may be visible upon inspection. If you notice any changes in the appearance of a tooth, even if it does not hurt, schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible.
In some cases, the infection may either originate in or spread to the gums surrounding a tooth. An abscess, or pimple, may form on the gums. Even if the abscess appears to go away on its own, you should have your dentist examine the area. A recurring abscess is a sign that the infection is ongoing and worsening with time, and it requires professional treatment such as antibiotics and root canal therapy.
Today, root canal therapy is no more difficult or uncomfortable than filling a cavity. If you would like to learn more about root canals, call The Smile Design Center of Baltimore at (443) 275-9821. You can explore our dental treatments by clicking through the information on our website.
Last updated 5 months ago
If bacteria infect the pulp or nerves of your tooth, you may require a root canal. During root canal therapy, the infected pulp is removed in order to eliminate the infection and associated pain.
This video shows what happens during root canal therapy. Local anesthetic is used for a painless and comfortable procedure. Your dentist will clean out the infected root canals of your tooth with a file, then fill them using a special sealant material. A crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it and restore its natural shape and function.
If you have questions about root canal therapy and what it means for your dental health, call The Smile Design Center of Baltimore today at (443) 275-9821. Our dentists will help you make the right decision for a bright, beautiful, and healthy smile. Check out our website to learn more about dental care in Baltimore.
Last updated 3 months ago
Fear of the dentist is the third most common phobia in the world. Many people feel nervous, anxious, or even frightened when they think of visiting the dentist. Fortunately, your dentist has a variety of options to help you feel relaxed and comfortable so you can receive the treatment you need. Contact The Smile Design Center if you have any questions about easing dental anxiety for yourself or your family.
Causes of Dental Anxiety
There are many reasons patients may feel uncomfortable about receiving dental work. A poor or painful experience in the past often triggers anxiety. Some patients find that leaning back with their mouth open makes them feel vulnerable, uncomfortable, or claustrophobic. The sights, sounds, and smells of the dental office may cause discomfort and fear. In some cases, patients are embarrassed about their dental health and are worried that their dentist might berate them.
Signs of Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety can take many forms. You may have trouble sleeping the night before a dental appointment, or find your heart racing once you reach the office. Some people feel physically faint or ill when they imagine getting dental work. You may fear your dentist and what he might say regarding your dental health. Additionally, you might feel sick, uncomfortable, or even gag when dental instruments are placed near or inside your mouth.
Solutions for Dental Anxiety
The first step in overcoming dental anxiety is to discuss it with your dentist. Remember that your dentist wants you to feel comfortable so you can receive care for a healthier smile. Ask about dental sedation options, which range from mild to strong, and can allow you to relax or even sleep through dental work without feeling any pain or fear.
At The Smile Design Center, we are focused on providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for each of our dental patients. We offer a variety of dental sedation options so you can receive general or cosmetic dental care without feeling worried, nervous, or fearful. Please call (443) 275-9821 or use our Web contact form to reach our Baltimore office today.
Last updated 5 months ago
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