Don’t Let Fear and Embarrassment Keep You from Taking Care of Your Teeth

Because we have offered sedation dentistry we see a lot of people who really, really do not like going to the dentist. Many of them have not walked through the door of a dental office in years.

Fear and anxiety often play a big role in their avoiding dental care, but after a while embarrassment is likely to set in. When they are finally ready or have a dental emergency and come in, many actually try to apologize for the condition of their teeth.

There is no need to apologize or feel ashamed. We know that the condition of your teeth does not reflect on who you are. It simply means something got in the way of your taking care of yourself.

Once our patients get to know us, they realize that we are not going to judge them. We appreciate their courage in coming in and focus on helping them with their dental needs.

We know that by taking care of their oral health they will be improving their medical health, as well. Dental conditions and oral bacteria have been linked to diseases like diabetes, cancer, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and more. Our goal is to help all of our patients stay healthy, happy, and smile more often.

If you are one of those people who have been avoiding dental care, we want you to know that you deserve to be respected and cared for in a compassionate way.

Our team is known to be gentle, caring, and dedicated to excellence. Dr. Smith is experienced at almost all dental procedures so referrals to specialists are seldom needed. You can trust that his dental work will look good, feel good, and last a long time. 

Now is a great time to take that first step towards a healthy mouth. Just imagine how proud you will be of yourself and your new smile.

If you are in the Knoxville area, we would love to welcome you to our family of happy dental patients. You can schedule a consultation by calling: (865) 922-1613

We promise to take great care of you!

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What to Look for In a New Dentist

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Ron Smith, DDS and Team Having Lunch at The Front Porch

Choosing a new dentist can feel daunting. There are so many out there, and if you don’t know what to look for, they can all look the same. But, the truth is that they will vary in personality, philosophy, and have preferred ways of doing things.

So, how do you find the new dentist that is perfect for you?

Look for Experience – Dentists receive great educations, but there is a lot to be said for the dentist who has established success and refined his skills over a number of years. They develop an instinct for knowing which dental treatment will be best in a variety of situations and usually have a well established network of resources and specialists they can trust.

Look for Friendliness, Caring, and Compassion – Choose an office that treats you well on the phone and makes you feel welcome. If you are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth, make sure you don’t feel judged. One way to get a feel for how offices treat their patients is to go and sit in their reception room. How does it feel? How are they with the patients they are talking to? Are they friendly with each other? And, give them extra points if they greet you warmly and offer to help you learn more about their office.

Look for Areas of Special Interest or Training – For example, while we provide all types of general dental care and are considered a family dental office,  Dr. Smith has years of advanced training and certifications in services like  implants, cosmetic dentistry and oral sedation.

Our office is also known for welcoming patients with a lot of needs without judgement and helping them get the healthy, happy smiles they deserve.

Look for a Modern, Clean Office – You should feel good in the environment of your new dental home and a well-cared for office is often an outer expression of how they approach other things.

Look for a Commitment to Continuing Education and Current Technologies – Dentists that embrace learning and new things will have up to date resources for your needs. An example in our office is our work with dental implants and implant supported dentures. These newer technologies are allowing us to provide ideal outcomes and improve people’s lives.

We do want to say though, having the latest fancy equipment does not always mean better care. Sometimes new technologies are not yet proven or still being refined.

An experienced dentist committed to excellence will be open and embrace new things when they feel sure the technology is best for their patients. They understand how to balance new opportunities and the level of expert care they already provide.

If you are looking for a new dental home in the Knoxville area, we would love to talk with you. Our goal is to provide optimal dental services in a caring environment for you and your family.

Give us a call at (865) 922-1613. 

We promise to take great care of you.

4 Signs the Bacteria in Your Mouth are Out of Control

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Your mouth may be home to billions of bacteria, but when they are in balance there is nothing to worry about. It’s when they get out of control that your teeth and health can be at risk.

While there may be no symptoms that are obvious, sure signs that your mouth bacteria are having too much fun include:

Bad Breath: While the smell of your breath can change for simple reasons like the last thing you ate or your mouth being dry, it can also be a sign of digestive problems or unruly germy guys in your mouth. Try cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper or a plastic picnic knife and be sure to brush it daily. If this doesn’t help, you may want to give us a call.

Cavities: Many people don’t realize that cavities are caused by bacteria, not sugar. The sugar feeds the bacteria and they use it to create acids that eat away at your teeth. Be sure to brush and floss daily and get regular dental exams to prevent and catch cavities early.

Bleeding Gums: Another byproduct of bacteria is tartar that eventually hardens and becomes calculus. This creates nooks and crannies where bacteria can hide and build colonies, resulting in inflammation and infection. This condition is what is referred to as periodontal or gum disease and bleeding gums is one of the symptoms, although you can have it with no symptoms at all. Getting a professional teeth cleaning at recommended intervals is important for preventing this disease which can cause tooth loss and impact your overall health.

Toothaches: One of the most common causes of a toothache is a nerve that has died and become infected. If you have a tooth that hurts, especially if it throbs, is sensitive to heat or swollen, it is important to see your dentist right away. When tooth infections get out of control they can get into your bloodstream and be dangerous for your health.

Our goal is to help you keep the germs in your mouth in balance so that you can continue to enjoy a healthy smile and protect your overall health.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Knoxville area, we would love to meet you. Just call (865) 922-1613 to schedule an appointment.

Sedation Dentistry: A Solution for Dental Fear & More

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Everyone deserves to have a beautiful and healthy smile, but for some of you fear of going to the dentist gets in the way.  We understand.  Helping fearful dental patients is one of our favorite things to do.

One of the most popular solutions we offer people with dental anxiety is oral sedation dentistry.  It can be as simple as taking a pill and there are no I.V. needles involved.  Our patients tell us they are awake and feel fully relaxed during their treatment. The time seems to go by quickly.  They are grateful for the experience of stress free dental appointments and proud of themselves for moving beyond their fears to become more healthy.

Some of the other benefits they appreciate about oral sedation dentistry are:

  • It is a time saver.  Oral sedation dentistry allows for longer appointments and most patients can have all of their treatment completed in one visit, saving time and trips to the dental office.
  • Dr. Ron Smith has the experience and skill needed to provide many procedures often referred out to specialists, resulting in the availability of more comprehensive dental care.
  • It is a great solution for patients with a strong gag reflex or disability.
  • In the long run, people save money because dental problems become more complex and expensive when neglected over time.
  • Even cosmetic dentistry patients love being able to relax during their smile makeovers.

We have a strong commitment to your safety.  Dr. Smith and our team have the required certifications to provide oral sedation dentistry and continue to take classes and updates as they become available.  If you are unable to come to our office, please be sure any dentist offering you sedation care has the proper certifications before allowing them to treat you.

If you are in our area or would like to travel to see Dr. Smith, we would love to help you move past your fears and enjoy better dental health with oral sedation dentistry.

Call (865) 922-1613 to learn more. We promise to take good care of you.

Tips for Dental Patients that Gag Easily

gag reflex woman with hands over mouth Knoxville dentist sedation dentistryMany people are challenged with sensitive gag reflexes when they visit the dentist. The urge to gag may be caused by physical and/or psychological issues. The most important thing is to feel comfortable with the dentist you have chosen and to communicate clearly with them.  If they are not being caring and gentle, you may be in the wrong place.

Our number one recommendation for patients who gag easily is oral sedation dentistry.  It is as easy as taking a pill before your treatment and can limit stress, fear, and the urge to gag. Oral sedation dentistry also allows us to accomplish more treatment (often all of it) in one visit, making it more convenient, too.

Other ways to to help keep your gag flex under control include :

  • Hypnosis
  • Breathing through your nose
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Numbing throat spray or ask for topical anesthetic
  • Snore relief spray
  • Putting a little table salt on the tip of the tongue
  • Choosing the time of day your gag reflex is least active
  • Listening to music
  • Lifting one foot in the air (takes your concentration away from the dentistry)
  • CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

If you are looking for an understanding and compassionate dentist and team, we would love to meet you. We promise we will be gentle and take very good care of you.

Call (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 – Get the Healthy Smile You Have Always Wanted

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With decades of experience providing oral sedation dental care, we have seen how it can change people’s lives.

  • No more fear
  • Improved health
  • Better smiles
  • No more embarrassment

In most cases it is as simple as taking a pill before your appointment. You will feel relaxed and may not remember your dental treatment at all.

The best part is taking care of yourself in a way that you can be proud of.

Don’t take our word for it. Here is a video that explains it all. After watching the video, just five us a call at (865) 922-1613 and we will guide you through the process.

Click the image to watch the video.

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Dr. Ron Smith has special training and certifications in sedation dental care along with years of experience turning fearful dental patients into happy ones.

If you or someone you love can benefit from oral sedation dentistry we would love to talk to you. Call (865) 922-1613  Knoxville TN