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    Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?

    Last updated 1 day 12 hours ago

    While dental work is a necessary part of maintaining adequate oral hygiene, it is not always easy to have the work done. Some people experience severe anxiety when they visit the dentist, and many children have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time. Fortunately, sedation dentistry addresses these issues. Here is a look at who can benefit from sedation dentistry.

    Anxious Patients
    If thinking about going to see the dentist makes your heart race and your palms sweat, you may be the perfect candidate for sedation dentistry. This practice allows even the most anxious patients to undergo hours of dental work with no problems or discomfort at all. Using tranquilizers, nitrous oxide, or other sedatives, your dentist can sedate you in a safe and effective manner so that you are completely relaxed during your dental treatment. Sedatives can be administered intravenously, orally, or through inhalation.

    Active Gag Reflex Patients
    Some people are fine with the idea of going to the dentist, but their bodies do not respond well during treatment. Whether you tend to gag during long, extensive procedures or you gag as soon as a hand enters your mouth, sedation dentistry can help to solve your problem. Sedatives can tame your gag reflex so that your dentist can get everything done without you feeling any discomfort. This is particularly helpful during longer treatments.

    Patients Who Need Extensive Work
    Regardless of your level of comfort with dental treatments, longer procedures can be inconvenient or downright boring. Sedation dentistry can make hours of work feel like minutes, which helps you to sit through the entire procedure with ease. This is also helpful during complicated restorative treatments and procedures like dental implants.

    If you believe that you can benefit from sedation dentistry, please do not hesitate to contact West Chester Dental Arts. We are a sedation dentistry practice that specializes in high quality teeth whitening and dental implants. We are proud to serve the Exton, Malvern, Downingtown, Coatesville, and West Chester areas. For more information about our services, feel free to visit our website or call (484) 881-3501 today.

    Choosing the Right Floss

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Using the right floss can help you to ensure that you remove as much plaque and food debris from your mouth and teeth as possible. There are many different options when it comes to types of floss, and certain types are suitable for different teeth. Read on to learn about choosing the right floss.

    The right type of floss depends on the individual person’s teeth. People who have crowded teeth may benefit from waxed floss, which is designed to slide between teeth in tight spaces. On the other hand, dental tape is appropriate for those who have the opposite condition: people who have bridges and those who have larger spaces between teeth. Flavored floss may help parents convince their children to practice proper oral hygiene. Floss even comes in different colors, which is useful for extra picky kids. 

    Need help choosing the right floss? Call West Chester Dental Arts or visit our website. Our practice is happy to serve the West Chester area with a variety of sedation dentistry treatments. If you are interested in learning more about our business, feel free to call us at (484) 881-3501.

    Preparing for Your Initial Oral Examination

    Last updated 8 days ago

    There are countless reasons to regularly visit your dentist, and they all pertain to positive oral health. Some people tend to have nerves when it comes to visiting the dentist, so it helps to know how to prepare. Here is a guide to preparing for your initial oral examination.

    Practice Proper Dental Hygiene
    It is always important to practice proper dental hygiene. However, this importance is elevated during the days before you visit your dentist. Although your dentist will clean your teeth, you should be cleaning your teeth yourself so that you can consult your dentist and find out if you are doing a good enough job. When you come into the dentist’s office with a clean set of teeth, your dentist will not need to spend as much time cleaning your teeth and can focus on other aspects of the visit; this saves everyone time and money.

    Know What to Expect
    It helps to know what to expect out of your dentist appointment, especially if you are nervous in the first place. In most cases, your dentist will look at your teeth, gums, and jaws to check for any abnormalities and make sure that they are in good condition. Then he or she will provide any treatment recommendations that may be appropriate. Your dentist may also take x-rays of your mouth in order to observe your teeth and jaws more closely.

    Be Honest
    Your dentist is a doctor, and just like with any other doctor, there is no sense in lying. It is important to be totally honest and up front because it is your oral health that is on the line and your dentist only wants to help. You can also let your dentist know if you are nervous about any aspect of the visit or have anxiety regarding any possible treatment.

    West Chester Dental Arts is a sedation dentistry practice that serves the West Chester, Pennsylvania areas. For more information about our teeth whitening and dental implants, feel free to visit our website. If you live in the area, please do not hesitate to call us at (484) 881-3501 to find out more about what we can do for you today.

    Common Causes of Dry Mouth

    Last updated 10 days ago

    When your mouth does not produce a sufficient amount of saliva, you are prone to experiencing dry mouth. This can cause you to have bad breath, excess plaque, or even burning tongue syndrome. Here are a few of the common causes of dry mouth.

    There are many different causes of dry mouth, ranging from medical conditions, to diets, to your daily habits. You may be more vulnerable to dry mouth if you have diabetes or an eating disorder, or if you tend to heavily consume garlic. Using tobacco products like cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, or pipe tobacco may also contribute to dry mouth. Unfortunately, reduced saliva production is also a symptom of some treatments for serious illnesses like cancer or immune system problems. Sometimes people simply slow down their saliva production due to aging.

    West Chester Dental Arts is proud to serve the Exton, Malvern, Downingtown, West Chester, and Coatesville areas with a variety of dentistry services. If you would like to know more about our teeth whitening and dental implants, feel free to visit our website or call (484) 881-3501.

    Making the Most of Your Invisalign Treatment

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Just like any other dental treatment, the overall effect that Invisalign treatment will have on your teeth depends on what you put into it. Invisalign is a flexible and efficient treatment that offers more freedom than most other procedures. Here is a look at how you can make the most of your Invisalign treatment.

    Eating
    Unlike traditional braces, the main agent in Invisalign is your set of aligners. These aligners are removable and you will receive a new pair every few weeks. The fact that your aligners are removable means that you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want to. All you have to do is take your aligners out while you eat and remember to put them back in as soon as you are finished. You should also remove your aligners when you drink anything, with the exception of water. This treatment will not interfere with your diet and you will be able to continue eating your favorite foods.

    Cleaning
    One very important component of the Invisalign treatment is cleaning. Whenever you take your aligners out you should take the opportunity to clean them before using them again. This quick and easy process helps to prevent the reintroduction of bacteria and food particles into your mouth, which prevents cavities, plaque, and tooth decay.

    Wearing
    The longer you wear your Invisalign aligners, the more effective the treatment will be. You should wear them for at least 20 hours per day, but 22 or more is recommended. It is important to remember to put your aligners in before you fall asleep in order to ensure that you wear them for an appropriate amount of time.

    For more information about how to make the most of your Invisalign treatment, contact the dental professionals at West Chester Dental Arts. Our practice is dedicated to providing high quality dental implants, teeth whitening, and other sedation dentistry treatments in the West Chester area. If you live near Exton, Coatesville, Downingtown, or Malvern, feel free to stop by or give us a call at (484) 881-3501. You can also visit our website to find out what we can do for you today.

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