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Sedation Dentistry 101

If you’ve been letting anxiety and fears keep you from visiting the dentist you could be doing your teeth a serious disservice. Regular dentist visits are essential to your oral health and there are many situations where a dental procedure can save a tooth or eliminate pain and discomfort.

Fortunately sedation dentistry offers patients a way to overcome anxiety and get the dental care they need. Keep reading to learn more.

What types of sedation are available?
There are a variety of sedation methods available depending on the needs of the patient. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a very common option that many patients are familiar with. This involves placing a small mask over the nose. The gas calms down the patient but they stay awake and can respond to questions.

sedation dentistry in houston tx | Royal Dental Oral sedation is another option and it is one of the safest options. Oral sedatives calm the patient and relieve anxiety. Some oral sedatives may make a patient feel sleepy, but patients can be woken up if it is necessary.

Can you drive yourself home?
You should not plan on driving home after your procedure. It may take awhile for the sedatives to wear off and it is important that you wait until the medication is out of your system before you operate a vehicle. If you’re undergoing a dental procedure with sedation you should have someone else drive you home and plan on resting for the remainder of the day.

Will you still need a local anesthetic?
Sedation can help you relax and stay calm during a procedure, but it is not the same as general anesthesia, which means you’ll still need Novocain or a similar local anesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure.

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry comes with a variety of benefits:
• It is a safe way to relieve anxiety and help patients overcome fear of dental procedures.
• Patients are still able to follow instructions and answer questions when needed.
• Sedation dentistry may make it easier for your dentist to correct multiple issues at once or complete a more complicated procedure without causing you extra pain and discomfort.

If you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry, contact Royal Dental.

An Introduction To Veneers

Having cracked, stained, misaligned, or discolored teeth can detract from your appearance and make you feel uncomfortable in social situations. Veneers are one tool for correcting these problems. Keep reading to learn more about this simple solution.

The Basics
dental veneers in houston tx | Royal Dental Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They can be used to cover stains and discolorations and they can also improve the shape, length, or size of the tooth. They can fix gaps between teeth and improve the appearance of your overall smile.

The Procedure
The procedure to attach veneers to your teeth is relatively simple. First you’ll meet with your dentist to determine what is best for you. In some cases patients will need a full set of veneers applied to the top and bottom rows of teeth. In other cases, veneers may only be needed in specific places.

Once you and your dentist have decided what is best your teeth will be cleaned and an impression of them will be made. The impression is sent to a lab where custom veneers will be created just for you.

Once your custom veneers are ready, you’ll have them bonded to your teeth. In order for them to completely bond to your teeth, a very tiny amount of enamel will be removed. Then bonding resin and a curing light will be used to attach and set the veneers to your teeth. After they’ve been bonded, they’ll be polished and shaped to give them the finishing touch.

The Benefits Of Choosing Veneers
There are many benefits associated with veneers. Some of these benefits include:

  • Veneers cover stains and give you whiter, brighter, more attractive teeth.
  • Veneers are customized to create a very natural and individualized look.
  • Veneers are very stain resistant.
  • Veneers are durable and can last for 10-15 years.
  • Veneers can be applied without making any significant changes to the structure of your teeth.

If you’d like to learn more about veneers and other cosmetic treatments that can improve your smile and restore your confidence , schedule an appointment at Royal Dental.

Best & Worst Teeth Whitening Methods

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Having beautiful white and healthy teeth has never been easier or more affordable. With new possibilities including home strips, whitening kits, and quick in-office procedures, now might be the best time to get your teeth looking as pearly white as you want them.

Patients always want to know the best way to whiten your teeth? The answer to that question will not be the same for everyone. Here at Royal Dental, we want you to be familiar with a few of today’s most popular methods. We have ranked them from least effective to most based on the average number of shades each one can whiten teeth.

5) Over the Counter Teeth Whitening Strips:

There are many over-the-counter strips available, however these products have a very limited ability to whiten teeth. They are a cheap & easy method if your desired effect is only about 1 shade. Their best use would be for maintaining the results of a more effective whitening method.

Average Improvement: 1 Shade

4) Over the Counter Teeth Whitening Kits:

Over-the-counter whitening kits provide slightly better results than over-the-counter strips, yet still lack the potency required to overcome years of stains. An over the counter whitening kit can be tricky to use because the solution is not designed to touch the gum line. Such whitening gels may lead to gum injury and burns. When used properly, these products can produce mild to moderate results.

Average Improvement: 1-2 Shades

3) Professional Teeth Whitening Strips:

Many dentist offer professional grade, take-home whitening strips. These strips are used the same way as over-the-counter strips but with triple the power. These strips will provide a much more noticeable result and will do the job in less time. Professional grade strips are only available through a dentist.

Average Improvement: 2-3 Shades

2) Professional Take-Home Whitening Kits:

These kits are usually in the form of a gel containing a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, and is applied to the teeth using custom-made bleaching trays that resemble mouth guards. These products are a vast improvement compared to over-the-counter products, yielding moderate to great improvement at a reasonable cost.

Average Improvement: 3-5 Shades

1) Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening:

In-Office whitening techniques, such as Zoom offer fast, dazzling results for those willing to pay a little more. Professional whitening agents are regulated and dispensed only by dental professionals. Such treatments can be used to make teeth up to 6 shades whiter than their original shade. In addition to the high degree of effectiveness, patients will see these results in just 1 hour.

Average Improvement: Up to 6 Shades in just an hour

Get The Smile You Deserve!

If you or a loved one would like a dazzling white smile, don’t put it off. Call Royal Dental now and ask about our Teeth Whitening Specials starting at just $25!

The Royal Dental team in Houston, Texas has been helping Houstonians smile straight, bright and healthy since 1992, and now we want to make sure you have the smile of your dreams! For more information on Teeth Whitening, get in touch with us by calling (713) 330-7700 or by filling out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you with all your dental needs.

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