The Cure for Loose Dentures

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When someone has had dentures for a long time, they often find that their dentures start to feel loose and not fit as well. This is because the constant pressure of the dentures wears down the bone and gum tissue used to support them. When this happens people may experience:

  • Discomfort, pain, or sore spots
  • Being afraid their dentures will fall out in public
  • The appearance of aging faster
  • Inability to chew well and absorb nutrition from food
  • Losing confidence and becoming reclusive
  • Having to avoid favorite foods like steak, apples, or corn on the cob

One of our greatest joys is helping denture wearers resolve these issues that can challenge them physically, mentally, and emotionally.  

The solution that we provide is supporting dentures with dental implants. These implants are like man made roots that keep the dentures anchored and secure. The dentures are made so that they can simply snap over the implants and are easy to put in and take out.

The process for putting in implants and creating new dentures is generally easy to tolerate, but we also offer oral sedation dentistry to help our patients who want to avoid feeling nervous. No needles or IV’s are involved and they will feel relaxed and comfortable during treatment.

 

Dental implants are also a great option for people who are getting dentures for the first time. Starting with snap on dentures can prevent their ever having to experience the issues related to ill-fitting dentures.

With implant supported dentures, our patients can smile, eat, laugh, and sing with confidence again. And, that makes us smile too!

If you would like to find out if implant supported dentures are for you, call for a consultation: (865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN

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Oral Sedation Dentistry – The Key to Anxiety Free Dental Care

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Over 30% of Americans avoid dental care because they are afraid of going to the dentist. Unfortunately, this usually results in their developing more more serious dental problems. They end up needing more extensive and expensive treatment that reinforces their worst fears. 

And then, they are even more afraid.

In our office, we offer oral sedation dentistry for our nervous or fearful patients.  A simple little pill helps them feel more relaxed and able to have dental treatment without fear.

Our oral sedation patients tell us:

  • They feel very relaxed
  • Time goes by quickly
  • They are sleepy, but awake
  • They often don’t remember the appointment later

If you would like to feel this way during your dental visits, oral sedation dentistry may be right for you. It can help you:

  • Overcome or at least limit your fear and anxiety about dentistry
  • Stop feeling guilty about avoiding dental care
  • Bring your mouth back to a healthy state & prevent future dental problems
  • Feel proud that you are taking care of yourself
  • Enjoy a smile that you are proud to share

To learn more about oral sedation dentistry and how it can help you enjoy a healthy and happy smile, give us a call. We promise not to judge the state of your mouth and will take great care of you. 

(865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN

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

12 Reasons to Choose Oral Sedation Dentistry

oral sedation dentistryOral sedation dentistry is an excellent option for a number of situations. Some of our patients choose it because they are afraid of dental treatment and others to help with challenges they face with regular dental care.

Some simply like it because it is fast and convenient, often allowing them to get all of their dental treatment accomplished in just one visit.

Dr. Ron Smith and our team are highly trained in oral sedation dentistry and attend regular continuing education courses to stay up to date with the latest recommendations.

We also have decades of experience providing this service for our Knoxville community and other patients who travel to see us.

You might be surprised by some of the reasons oral sedation dentistry might be a good choice for you:

  1. It is safe and effective
  2. You have fear or anxiety about dental treatment
  3. It is easy – you simply take a pill (no IV is needed)
  4. Taking care of your teeth can protect your health
  5. You want as few appointments as possible
  6. Your teeth have a history of being difficult to numb
  7. You have a strong gag reflex or very sensitive teeth
  8. You want a lot of treatment completed in one visit
  9. It is difficult for you to keep your mouth open wide
  10. Physical disabilities make dentistry challenging
  11. Lack of dental care can lower your confidence & quality of life
  12. You will be proud of yourself for getting your dental work done

If you would like to learn if oral sedation dentistry is right for you, please give us a call to schedule a consultation in our Knoxville, TN office. (865) 922-1613

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

Oral Sedation Dentistry – Choose Your Dentist Wisely

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Oral sedation dentistry is an excellent choice if you are nervous or afraid of the dentist, want a lot of treatment completed in one visit, or have other issues that make visits to the dentist challenging.

Knowing we can help you feel relaxed and calm during your dental visit can be empowering and allow you to finally have the healthy mouth and beautiful smile you deserve.

Not all dentists can legally provide this service and it is important to ask these questions when choosing an oral sedation dentist:

  • What is your training and background?
  • How long have you been providing oral sedation dentistry?
  • What special certifications or licenses do you have that allow you to be an oral sedation dentist?

In our office, Dr. Ron Smith has a long history of being a successful and experienced oral sedation dentist. He has completed advanced training in oral sedation and emergency response and takes continuing education classes every year so that he is up to date with the latest technology and information in the field.

So, what is oral sedation?

It is an easy and comfortable way to feel calm and relaxed during dental treatment. With oral sedation, you simply take a sedative pill that slows the reaction of your nervous system. There are no IV’s or needles involved. We do a thorough screening of your medical history and medications you take before choosing a medication that will be safe and effective for you.

The oral sedation drugs that we use have been used safely on millions of patients and are in the safest category available. You will feel calm and relaxed, but alert and responsive. You will not be asleep.

Over the years, we have helped many patients have dental care that would normally be too afraid or unable to. We made sure they never felt judged for the condition of their mouths when they came in and focused on helping them feel safe and understood. We have witnessed transformations that seemed miraculous and tears of joy.

We love this work and hope that if you are avoiding dental treatment and feel oral sedation dentistry may be the answer, you reach out and get the help you deserve.

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

Oral Sedation Dentistry – Not Just for Dental Fear & Anxiety

afraid of dental chair dental fearWhen we think about oral sedation dentistry, most of us picture people who are afraid of dentists or have a lot of dental anxiety.  While these patients are the primary users of oral sedation in our practice, there are other reasons people choose sedation that might surprise you.

Oral sedation dentistry may be a good option if:

You have a lot of treatment to get done – with sedation dentistry we can often get all of your treatment completed in one visit, making your dental care easy and convenient. Many people choose this option so they can take just one day off work and not have to come in for several visits.  It is also an excellent choice for people who are very busy, need treatment completed quickly, or travel a lot.

You have a strong gag reflex – for some patients even the simplest dental procedure can become an ordeal.  Oral sedation dentistry is an effective solution for people who gag easily or have trouble holding their mouth open.

Your dental treatment is complex or will require long appointments – in some cases, being able to have the longer visits sedation makes possible will allow your dentist to provide the best possible treatment for your situation.

Your teeth have a history of being difficult to numb – some dental patients require more local anesthesia than others and there are also times when teeth don’t get numb at all. Larger amounts of local anesthesia, especially with epinephrine, can give patients headaches or jitters after their treatment and there are limits as to how much can be given safely.  Oral sedation dentistry allows these patients to have the treatment they need without being concerned about their teeth getting numb.

Sitting in a dental chair is uncomfortable for you – if you have back or neck issues that make your dental visits hard on you, oral sedation can help make them easier.

The next time you or someone you love needs to have dental work, remember that oral sedation is an option that can save time and help you be more comfortable during the process.  You simply take a pill and your dentist does the rest.

One word of caution – be sure that the dentist you choose for oral sedation dentistry has the required advanced credentials and training.

If you are in the Knoxville area and curious about how sedation might help you, give us a call: (865) 922-1613

If you are not in our area, here is a resource for finding a certified oral sedation dentist near you: http://www.sedationcare.com/