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Elmhurst Sedation Dentist Explains How Relaxation Treatments Are Used In Dentistry

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Advancements in dental technology are continually improving the patient experience, as well as treatment outcomes. Sedation dentistry, in particular, is opening up all kinds of possibilities for patients who were otherwise dentistry avoidant.

Our Elmhurst sedation dentists offer a number of different relaxation options. When you come in to meet with our team, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of what type sedation is right for you. In the meantime, here’s a quick overview of popular types of sedation:

Nitrous Oxide

This type of sedation is often referred to as “laughing gas,” because it can make you feel happy and giggly. Before treatment, once you’re in the dentist’s chair, you’ll simply inhale laughing to start relaxing. Many patients love nitrous oxide because it is effective, non-invasive, and the effects wear off naturally in a short period of time.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Many people who are too anxious to even make it to their appointments, can benefit from oral conscious sedation. This treatment allows you to start relaxing before you even get to our office. About an hour before your appointment is scheduled to begin, you’ll take a small dentist-prescribed pill at home. You’ll need someone to get you to your appointment, because you’ll already be under the effects of sedation by the time your appointment starts. As the name suggests, you’ll never actually be unconscious during your appointment, but due to the medication’s amnesic effects, you likely won’t remember any your appointment once the sedative effects wear off.

Dental Spa Therapy

Dental Spa Therapy offers an all-natural, holistic alternative to other relaxation treatments. Using acupressure, muscle manipulation, chiropractic care, aromatherapy, and more, our team can keep you calm and comfortable in the dentist’s chair.

If you think that sedation treatment may be right for you, our Elmhurst sedation dentists are here to give you all of the information and support that you need to move forward. Give us a call to get started!

What’s The Deal With Invisalign? Our Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentists Explain

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

When it comes to improving the appearance, and frankly the function, of your smile, Invisalign is one of the most patient-friendly treatments out there. Invisalign is designed to move a patient’s natural teeth into better alignment, and to that end, it can achieve a number of goals. You may choose to pursue Invisalign in order to close gaps between your teeth, or achieve a straighter, more seamless looking smile. You can also use Invisalign to correct bite issues, like overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Invisalign can even improve the overall balance of your smile, allowing more of your teeth to show when you smile.

In order to achieve these results our Elmhurst Invisalign dentists will design a customized treatment plan for you. The goal is to move your teeth incrementally using a series of clear plastic aligners. Every aligner that you wear will move your teeth a little bit more, until you reach your desired smile.

Throughout the treatment process you will a specific aligner for about two to three weeks, before upgrading to the next aligner in the series. This gives your teeth time to shift and become stable in their new positions. It is crucial that you wear your aligners for as much time as possible throughout the day. Ideally, you would only take out your aligners when it’s time to eat and when you’re brushing and flossing your smile. The more that you wear your aligners, the quicker you will see results.

Because Invisalign aligners are crafted from clear plastic resin, you’ll actually be able to see your natural teeth while your aligners are in place. Many dental patients love Invisalign precisely because it offers such a discreet way to improve dental alignment.

If you think that Invisalign might be able to help you reach your dental goals, our Elmhurst Invisalign dentists are here to answer any questions you may have. So, give us a call to get started!


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