It is very common for patients to experience anxiety and nervousness when visiting the dentist. At Today’s Family Dental, we are committed to helping you feel comfortable each time you come see us. We offer Nitrous Oxide, and Ultra Sonic Cleanings to assist in maximizing your comfort at Today’s Family Dental. Find more information about our comfort services in the links below.
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Some people fail to receive the benefits of modern dental treatment because of a simple yet seemingly overwhelming problem: Fear. It isn’t uncommon to have a little anxiety about an upcoming dental procedure. But if your fears have kept you away from the dental office when you know you really should go — take heart! Using conscious sedation with nitrous oxide, we can help you lose that anxiety, and make the whole experience so stress-free that you may not even remember it when it’s over.
Nitrous oxide, a colorless gas with a slightly sweet odor, has been used in medicine for about a century; however its outdated nickname, “laughing gas,” is undeserved. It’s a safe and effective method of administering conscious sedation — which means that you’ll stay awake during the procedure. But when nitrous oxide is used in combination with a local anesthetic, you won’t feel pain or anxiety. In fact, many patients report a feeling of well-being during this type of sedation. All bodily functions remain normal during the administration of nitrous oxide, and its effects wear off quickly afterwards.
After a thorough cleaning at our office, you know that your teeth look brighter and feel fresher. But tooth cleaning isn’t just about appearances. It’s the primary means of preventing and treating periodontal (gum) disease. Many studies have demonstrated a possible link between periodontal health and overall (systemic) health — which means regular tooth cleaning may benefit not just your mouth, but your whole body.
Why do teeth need special cleaning? Over time, dental plaque (a naturally occurring bacterial biofilm) and stains build up on tooth surfaces. Dental calculus (also called tartar), a harder deposit, can then form both above and below the gum line. A thorough dental cleaning removes these substances from the teeth, and helps keep disease-causing bacteria from proliferating.
Tooth cleaning is usually accomplished by the non-surgical technique of scaling, sometimes called “root debridement.” It’s typically a relatively painless procedure in which small dental instruments are used to physically remove deposits from the surfaces of teeth. At one time, scaling was performed entirely with manual tools. But in the last several decades, the ultrasonic scaler has changed all that.
At Today’s Family Dental, you comfort and wellbeing is extrememly important when you are in our care. Each patient has their own level of tolerance for discomfort. To help minimize any discomfort to patients, our Dentists utilize the Vibrasthetic System. This device is used for “pain-free” injections. The device uses a vibration to block the sensation of pain so patients don’t feel the injection. Vibrasthetic is gentle, fast, and safe.