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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

3 Good Reasons To Request Sedation For Your Next Dental Procedure

by Jacqueline Byrd

Some more involved dental treatments, like implant placement, are almost always performed under sedation. Others, like fillings and crowns, are routinely performed without sedation. However, as the patient, you can always request sedation for any dental procedure during which you prefer to be sedated and less aware. Most dentists will comply; they would rather have a nice, calm patient than an anxious one! But why might you request sedation for a routine procedure like a filling? Here are a few reasons to consider.

Your dentist will be able to do better work with you relaxed and sedated.

When choosing sedation, patients often think about themselves and their own feelings. But this is as much about your dentist as it is about you. If you are feeling nervous about having to have dental work done, you're more likely to pull away when the dentist goes to do something or fidget at an inconvenient time. It can also take longer for the local anesthetic to kick in if you're really wired up and anxious. With a sedative, you will be able to sit stiller in the dentist's chair, which will allow them to do better work and faster work. Your filling is likely to last longer, and you may even need fewer shots of local anesthetic.

You won't have a traumatic experience that makes dental care harder, going forward.

If you're already anxious about the upcoming procedure, it won't take much for the experience to be a traumatic one. If the anesthetic shot hurts a little too much or your jaw hurts from holding it open too long, you may internalize that trauma and have an even harder time the next time you need dental work done. Just ask for sedation this time, and avoid additional trauma.

You can learn how sedation affects you before you might need it for a more involved procedure.

Maybe you're only having a filling done right now, but one day you might need a root canal or an implant. When you do need one of these more involved procedures, it will be nice to know how sedation feels and how you respond to it. So, if you're feeling anxious about an upcoming minor dental procedure, look at this as an opportunity to get acquainted with sedation under low-pressure circumstances.

Most dentists offer either oral or inhaled sedation upon request. Talk to your dentist if you think you could benefit from being sedated for your next appointment.

For more information, reach out to a general dentistry clinic in your area.