Oral Sedation Dentistry Makes Dental Visits Easy

man afraid of the dentist dental anxietyYou do not have to let dental fear and anxiety stop you from taking care of your oral health anymore. Oral sedation dentistry can make going to the dentist seem like a walk in the park.

Taking care of your teeth and gums is critical since we now know that inflammation or infections in your mouth can contribute to life threatening medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. And, if it’s been at least a year since your last dental visit it is likely that you have one of the leading causes, periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.

We specialize in patients who are fearful and could tell many stories of how people’s lives have changed thanks to oral sedation dentistry. There are no needles or IV’s involved. It’s as easy as taking a little pill that allows you to relax and make it feel like time speeds by.

Our patients say they feel sleepy, but awake and free of anxiety. Because our patients are so relaxed we can often get all of the recommended dental treatment done in just one visit.  Wouldn’t that be great?

Don’t let anxiety or fear stop you from taking care of yourself. The condition of your mouth could be shortening your life and no one wants to lose teeth, have bad breath, or a smile that feels embarrassing.

 We encourage you to  give us a call and learn more about how we can help you take care of your mouth in a comfortable and caring way. We promise not to judge you if it’s been awhile since your last visit and to take excellent care of you.

You can reach us at: (865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

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Our Dental Office is a No Judgment Zone

We love providing dental care for people who are afraid of the dentist and have avoided dental care for years.  Patients come to us feeling embarrassed or ashamed of the condition of their mouths. One of our greatest joys is to welcome those patients without judgment and let them know that we understand the reasons they have waited.

We know that the condition of your teeth is not who you are.

Once you know that you can trust us and that we respect you, we will show you how we can give you a healthy smile without pain or anxiety.  For some of you, that will mean oral sedation dentistry, which will get you back to health in as short as time as possible. For others, it is simply moving forward with your treatment in an environment where you can feel safe.

If you or someone you know has postponed dental care and feels embarrassed about it, we would love to invite you to our – No Judgment Zone.

Just call (865) 922-1613

Knoxville, TN

Diabetes & Gum Disease – A Dangerous Mix

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Recent research has shown that poor oral health, especially periodontal gum disease, can contribute to the onset and severity of diabetes. 

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can affect blood glucose levels and your ability to control them.  It is a chronic condition that may not have any obvious symptoms, so it is important to see your dentist regularly, especially if you are diabetic.

On the flip side, diabetes can make you more susceptible to infections like gum disease, creating a vicious cycle of declining health and lost teeth.

As the primary cause of tooth loss, gum disease is scary enough, but when you combine it with diabetes, the consequences are even more profound.

Periodontal disease is also linked to other illnesses you will want to avoid, like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. It is believed that the chronic inflammation it causes can increase your risk of more serious health issues.

If you are diabetic:

  • Be sure to let your dentist know
  • Inform your medical doctor if you have periodontal gum disease
  • Stay current with your dental appointments
  • Get your teeth cleaned more frequently
  • Eat healthy and exercise
  • Brush and floss daily
  • Do what you can to keep your blood sugar at optimal levels
  • Eat and stabilize your blood sugar before dental appointments

We will partner with you and your medical doctor to ensure that you are well cared for and stay as healthy as possible. If you are looking for a dentist familiar with diabetes, please give us a call. We would love to help you experience the health you deserve.

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville

 

Oral Sedation Dentistry – Safe, Easy, & Comfortable

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About 30% of the population avoids dental care due to anxiety and fear.  This not only jeopardizes their oral health, but puts them at risk for major diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

Sedation dentistry allows you to get the dental care you need while feeling relaxed and comfortable.

Oral sedation dentistry is safe and does not involve being asleep or require needles for IVs.  Patients report that:

  • They feel relaxed
  • Time goes by quickly
  • They are sleepy, but awake
  • They often forget the appointment later

Because patients are completely relaxed, the dentist can accomplish more high-quality dentistry in less time.  Sedation dentistry is also ideal for people who are challenged by a  gag reflex or who want to accomplish a smile makeover or extensive dentistry with as few appointments as possible.

If you or someone you know are avoiding dental care due to fear, anxiety, or time constraints, ask about oral sedation dentistry.  Not taking care of your teeth can be dangerous and may shorten your life.  Start getting the dentistry you need in a way that feels safe, comfortable, and right for you.

Oral sedation dentistry can help put a smile on your face again.

(865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN

If Your Teeth Could Talk……

This is what they tell us they want you to know:

  • Please, please, please don’t make us chew ice anymore.  Ouch!
  • When you brush you always miss that same spot in the back.  It never gets cleaned and grosses us out.
  • You know how you like showers?  We love seeing the hygienist the same way.
  • Please don’t make us suffer by waiting to see the dentist when we tell you we need help.
  • That soda stuff you drink is turning our enamel into rubber.  Heeeeeeeelp!
  • You wear us out when you grind at night.  A nightguard would give us a peaceful nights rest.
  • We know you don’t like to floss, but that sticky stuff clinging to us has got to go.  Ewwwwww!
  • We like to sparkle when you smile.  We feel like super stars when you keep us white.  Woohoo!
  • Swimming in bacteria is like swimming in a pool of sharks.
  • Thank you for everthing you do to take care of us.  Now, let’s go smile at someone!

We Can Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes is an ugly disease.  It can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and amputations.  No one wants that.

The CDC and American Diabetes Association say that diabetes can be prevented or delayed with their Small Steps – Big Rewards program.  Studies show that losing just 5-7% of your body weight, if you are overweight, can really make a difference.  They recommend doing this by:

  • Exercising moderately 30 minutes 5 times per week
  • Eating a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lean meats.

We would add brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly to the list.  Scientists have found that problems with your teeth and gums are linked to diabetes and heart disease.

If you are in the Knoxville, TN area and would like to prevent diabetes by taking care of your dental health, call us at (865) 922-1613 for an appointment.