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Many patients—both young and old—deal with dental sensitivity on a regular basis. Chronic sensitivity can make it hard for you to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks, and it may make it difficult for you to effectively clean your smile.

Our O’Fallon dentists are here to help you understand how and why sensitivity develop, as well as what you can do about it! Keep reading to learn more…

If you are experiencing dental sensitivity, it is because a sensitive part of your tooth—like the root or the dentin—is too exposed. This may happen because your dental enamel has thinned, and is thus more porous, or because your gum tissue is receding and leaving your lower tooth exposed.

In order to minimize dental sensitivity immediately, you want to limit your exposure to cold and hot food and beverages. Quick temperature changes will lead to dental discomfort.

There are also specially formulated toothpastes and mouth rinses that are designed to combat dental sensitivity. Many of these have fluoride as a component, because fluoride helps to re-mineralize dental enamel. If your teeth are especially weakened your dentist may perform in-office topical fluoride treatments to help strengthen your enamel.

Sealants and fillings can also be useful for patients with chronic sensitivity. Both of these treatments are quick and effective; our dentist applies resin and cures it, so that it bonds to the tooth and protects vulnerable dental material.

In some cases, dental sensitivity is caused by gum recession due to periodontal disease. When this is the case it is vital that our team treats the underlying oral tissue infection so that your gum tissue can heal and strengthen.

Our O’Fallon dentists are happy to give you more information; you can call our team to schedule a personal consultation, or use the Contact Us page on our website and we’ll get back to you promptly!

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!

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