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Oral conscious sedation is quickly becoming one of the most popular sedation options in the dental world today. Our O’Fallon dentists have found that this treatment exceptionally effective and patient-friendly, which makes it appealing to a wide variety of people.

If you have been wondering whether oral conscious sedation could help you, please keep reading to learn more about this exciting sedation option!

How does it work?
About an hour before treatment you will take a dentist-prescribed pill to put you at ease. Because this pill is a sedative, you will need someone to drive you to your appointment. As the medication takes effect you will start to feel calm, comfortable, and untroubled.

What is it like to be under the effects of oral conscious sedation?

For the most part you will simply feel calm and confident. You will be able to respond to our dental team throughout the treatment process; as the name of this sedation option suggests, you are never unconscious in the dentist’s chair. However, you probably won’t remember much of the treatment process once we’re all done, because oral conscious sedation has an amnesic effect.

Is oral conscious sedation right for me?

This treatment is very patient-friendly, and it is appropriate for many types of people who are undergoing many types of dental treatments. The best way to find out for whether you can use oral conscious sedation is to schedule a consultation with our dental team—we’ll assess your oral health, overall wellbeing, and dental history and put together a recommendation.

Sedation dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and oral conscious sedation is truly changing the treatment experience for many people. Our O’Fallon sedation dentists are happy to provide you with more information about all of your sedation options, including oral conscious sedation, just give us a call to get started!

When teeth start to look dark or discolored, our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists offer treatment options to minimize dental staining and increase your smile’s luminosity. There are a number of aesthetic solutions for dental staining, and today our team is answering some of the commonly asked questions about these types of cosmetic options. Let’s get started!

Q: How does professional dental whitening differ from whitening kits in the stores?

A: The short answer is that professionally applied whitening formulations are much more potent and effective than over-the-counter options. This means that you can achieve more dramatic results in a shorter period of time. Additionally, because in-office whitening treatment is administered by a dental professional, it is often recommended for people who deal with dental sensitivity; our team can monitor and make adjustments to your whitening protocol.

Q: Are there options other than professional whitening treatment?

A: Yes! Some people find that gel whitening simply doesn’t work for them; other dental patients want to improve multiple aesthetic issues at once (they may, for example, want to fix cracks or chips while whitening their smiles). In these cases patients may choose to cover their teeth with a fresh, white, and natural looking substance, rather than lighten their existing dental enamel. Dental bonding allows you to cover specific teeth with dental resin; resin can be shaded to match your smile as a whole, and once it is cured and bonded to the tooth surface, it looks exceptionally natural. Alternatively, you could use LUMINEERS (thin porcelain restorations) to cover problematic teeth. Both of these treatments are highly effective as well as customizable.

Dental staining is very common, especially among adult dental patients. If you are unhappy with your smile’s color or lack of luminosity, our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists can help you reclaim a bright and fresh smile that makes you feel confident. Give us a call to schedule a cosmetic consultation!

When it comes time to improve the appearance of your smile, you have a number of treatment options that are both effective and patient-friendly. Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are here to help you evaluate all of your options, and, ultimately, choose the aesthetic solution that works for you smile, timeline, and budget.

In order to ensure that our patients achieve their dream smiles, our dental team customizes aesthetic treatments in a number of ways.

One way to achieve natural-looking aesthetic results is to make sure that dental restorations are shaded to blend with the patient’s natural enamel. Whether you are receiving porcelain restorations or using composite bonding, our dental team is able to precisely shade these materials. Many people want to lighten their natural enamel AND restore select teeth with restorations. In these cases our team first performs professional whitening treatments, and then we shade the patient’s dental restorations to match his or her newly-whitened smile.

Another thing, which many people do not realize, is that various dental patients naturally have different dental shapes. The edges of your teeth, for example, may be angular or rounded. You may have teeth that appear rectangular, or enamel that curves. When crafting individual dental restorations, our dentist takes these particularities into account—there are no one-size-fit-all treatments here!

It is also critical that veneers are crowns are sized appropriately, so that the patient’s smile not only looks attractive, but functions optimally as well. If a restoration is not appropriately sized, you may suffer from dental damage and TMJ problems down the road.

When every aspect of cosmetic care is customized, you are in total control of your final results. If you want to learn more about your cosmetic treatment options, our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are here to help you. We are happy to walk you through various treatment processes, so that you feel confident moving forward toward your dream smile!

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