Learn How Dental Treatments Can Be Customized To Your Smile by Reading These Articles

Dentist in her surgery

A great smile makes you look good on the outside and feel even better on the inside. The information in these articles will help you understand your dental treatment options. To get the confidence that comes from strong, healthy teeth, call Sanford Dental Excellence today. Our Lake Mary dental practice offers general and cosmetic dentistry services with your total comfort in mind. Call us today at (407) 320-1700 to schedule your consultation.

 


Overcome Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

Does the thought of a trip to the dentist make you feel nervous? You’re not alone. Around 70% of people have anxiety about dental care; in fact, surveys have shown at least 20% of the population is so on edge about dental treatments that they simply don’t go to the dentist. You don’t have to put your oral health at risk by avoiding dental care. Modern dental technology allows your dentist to offer you virtually pain-free treatment, but if you can’t overcome your anxiousness, sedation can make your visit more comfortable. At Sanford Dental Excellence, we offer both IV and oral sedation dentistry. Here’s what you need to know about dental sedation:

Beautiful patient receives anaesthetic

What Is Sedation Dentistry?
By using sedation, your dentist can perform a range of services, from cleanings to more invasive surgical procedures, while you are completely relaxed. While under sedation, you will be able to respond to requests from your dentist and you will remain conscious. However, you will be in a state of deep relaxation and may not even remember treatment.

What Are Your Sedation Options?
Your dentist can choose IV or oral sedation, depending on your medical history and the procedure. With IV sedation, sedatives are delivered intravenously while your vital signs are monitored. You will be relaxed but conscious. The sedatives used in the IV tend to produce amnesia during the period of treatment, so you’re unlikely to remember your dental care.

With oral sedation, you will take a sedative in pill form. You will feel sleepy but will not become unconscious.

What Are The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is hugely beneficial to anyone who has been avoiding dental care because of anxiety. Sedation makes treatment completely comfortable. This option is also great for people with sensitive gag reflexes or chronic jaw soreness that makes dental care uncomfortable.

At Sanford Dental Excellence, we will evaluate your medical history and discuss your dental anxieties with you to determine the best sedation options for your care. Don’t let fear keep you away from the dentist. We’re committed to your comfort, so let us help you get your dental health on track. Call us at (407) 320-1700 to schedule an appointment today.


Dealing with Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is extremely common. As many as 70% of dental patients experience anxiety to some degree before a dental visit; but thanks to modern technology, the notion of painful dental care is a thing of the past. By working with your dentist, your exams and treatments can be comfortable and stress-free.

Watch this video to get tips for coping with dental anxiety. You’ll learn why it’s so important to communicate your fear to your dentist and dental care team. You’ll also find out the different treatment options available and what may be the best fit for you. 

At Sanford Dental Excellence, your complete comfort is our priority. Let us know if you’re feeling nervous about your dental care, and we’ll discuss options to make you feel at ease, including sedation dentistry. Call our Lake Mary area office at (407) 320-1700 to schedule an appointment today.


Comparing Dentures and Dental Implants

If you’re coping with tooth loss, your dentist has a few options available to restore your smile. Dentures and dental implants both replace missing teeth, but the way they’re worn and cared for are different. There are benefits to each treatment, so it’s important to work with your dentist to decide which one is right for you. Here is a comparison of dentures and dental implants:

Dentures.

Getting the proper fit is paramount for both dentures and dental implants, so both procedures are done over the course of multiple dentist visits. Fabricating dentures usually requires visits over the course of about six weeks, as your dentist takes molds of your jaw and existing tooth structure before adjusting the dentures for a comfortable fit.

Dental implants are placed over the course of about eight months. Since implants are placed directly into your jaw structure, they require time to fuse to the bone before the final prosthetic teeth can be placed.

Number of Teeth Replaced
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, while dentures cannot. If you have sufficient jaw bone to support them, dental implants can be used to replace an entire mouth of lost teeth, but the process is longer and more invasive than using dentures for complete tooth restoration.

Dentures, in the form dental bridges, can be used to replace just a few missing teeth, as long as they are next to each other.

Comfort
Both dentures and dental implants can be comfortable. With dentures, it’s important to go to a dentist who is an expert in crafting high-quality dentures, like Sanford Dental Excellence. This will ensure that the fit is comfortable and that you can chew with confidence.

Dental implants feel more natural than dentures since they don’t need to be removed and are designed to mimic the tooth’s natural structure. However, they’re not ideal for diabetics in some cases, and some people may find the implant process prohibitively time-consuming.

Whether dentures or dental implants are right for you depends on a number of factors, from your general health to your treatment goals. To find out which one is the best fit for you, schedule a consultation with Lake Mary’s Sanford Dental Excellence today. We’re experts in crafting natural, comfortable dentures and placing dental implants. Call (407) 320-1700 to make an appointment.


Recognizing the Signs of Sleep Apnea

Do you feel like you’re sleepwalking even after hours spent in bed? If you experience crushing exhaustion but can’t explain why, sleep apnea may be the cause. Patients with sleep apnea don’t get good rest because they stop breathing and gasp for air while they’re asleep. Most of the time, patients aren’t aware that they are suffering from sleep apnea, unless a partner complains of their loud snoring or choking noises. Instead, many patients with sleep apnea experience symptoms they can’t explain during the day.

Learn more about some of the waking symptoms of sleep apnea by watching this video. Overwhelming, unexplained exhaustion caused by this condition can affect your social and work lives. You will also hear how lack of concentration and social withdrawal can be indicative of sleep apnea.

If you think you’re suffering from sleep apnea, your dentist can help. Call Lake Mary dentist Dr. Seidler of Sanford Dental Excellence at (407) 320-1700 to set up a consultation and learn more about our sleep apnea treatment.


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