Archive for March, 2013

Exploring Your Sedation Dentistry Options

If you experience anxiety or discomfort that keeps you from getting the dental care you need, it may be time to talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry. There are several levels of sedation that are appropriate for various procedures and patient preferences, so sedation dentistry is available to almost any patient struggling with dental anxiety. Below is a list of the options offered at the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS, for the comfort of our patients.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, will offer the lowest level of sedation, and it is safe for patients of all ages. The gas will be administered through a mask, allowing the patient to feel relaxed and very calm. Patients will be fully conscious while breathing nitrous oxide, and the effects will wear off almost immediately after the gas wears off. This option is perfect for individuals with mild dental anxiety who are looking for a more pleasant experience during cleanings and standard dental exams.

Oral Sedation

Procedures such as restorations and cosmetic procedures may require a slightly deeper state of relaxation through oral sedation. If this option is chosen, your dentist will give you a prescription for a moderate sedative such as Valium. You will need to take this medication before your appointment and have someone drive you to and from the dentist’s office. During your procedure with oral sedation, you will be awake and responsive, but you may not remember much of the actual procedure.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is reserved only for the most involved procedures or severe cases of dental anxiety. This type of sedation is administered through the bloodstream, and it will make you completely unconscious through the entire dental procedure. If you do have this type of sedation during your procedure, you will need to be driven home from the dentist’s office.

When you undergo any procedure at the office of John Carson, DDS, PC, our staff will strive to make the experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible. You can schedule cosmetic, restorative, or general dentistry services at our practice by calling (520) 514-7203 or by visiting us online. 

Find More Information Regarding Your Dental Care At These Sites

If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry, dental implants, or ways to keep your teeth healthy between dental appointments, check out the recommended articles below. For a consultation to explore the treatments that might enhance your smile, book a visit to Dr. John Carson, DDS, by calling (520) 514-7203 today.

  • Visit Colgate.com for a closer look at the causes of dental anxiety and ways to ease this common problem.
  • Nitrous oxide can offer you a more pleasant dental experience. You can see if it is right for you by reading this short article from MouthHealthy.org.
  • If you smoke, have high blood pressure, or are over the age of 35, you are at higher risk for tooth loss. Learn all of the most common risk factors by visiting WebMD.com.
  • This article from Reader’s Digest explores some ways to keep your teeth healthy at any age.

 

CEREC Dental Restorations

Dental care is constantly evolving to make restorations and cosmetic procedures easier for patients to fit into their busy schedules. CEREC technology is one of the most significant advancements in modern dentistry, because it provides same-day restorations for a wide range of cases.

You can get a glimpse at the benefits of CEREC dental restorations in this video clip. Each restoration begins with digital impressions that accurately map the shape of your smile without any of the mess or discomfort of traditional impressions.

If you are interested in getting dental care with CEREC technology in Tucson, schedule a visit to Dr. John Carson, DDS, PC. Our office is committed to investing in the latest and best technology available to diagnose and treat dental problems from the common to the complex. Learn more about us on our website or call us today at (520) 514-7203. 

Three Benefits of Dental Implants

If you have had one or more teeth extracted due to injury, decay, or severe gum disease, dental implants may be on your list of treatments to consider for restoring your smile. There are several important benefits that make dental implants worth the investment.

Permanent tooth replacement

Dental implant roots are affixed to the jawbone, so they will move and act like your natural teeth. While the crown that caps the implant may need replacing in your lifetime, the implant itself will stay in place for years to come. You can feel confident eating, speaking, and smiling, whereas restorations such as dentures may have you second-guessing yourself in these everyday activities.

Aesthetically pleasing results

Every dental implant procedure is unique, because dental implants are designed to fit seamlessly into an individual’s smile. This enhances the comfort of the final restoration while creating a beautiful restoration that looks like your natural teeth. Even the color of the implant crown will be finely tuned to produce a great-looking end result.

Preservation of underlying bone

Dental bridges, crowns, and even dentures can offer an aesthetically pleasing look, but they will not preserve the jawbone that is underneath the area of the lost tooth. Because dental implants screw directly into the bone, the living bone tissue is encouraged to bond to the implant instead of recede as it would with no tooth attached. This preserves the natural shape of the jawline and helps to maintain the health of the natural teeth surrounding the implant.

For an in-depth look at your candidacy for dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Carson, DDS, in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Carson’s modern, high-tech practice and friendly staff can provide you with superior care for dental restorations, cosmetic treatments, and general exams. To make your first appointment with us, call (520) 514-7203 or visit us on our website.