20Mar

There are few treatments in dentistry that evoke as strong of an emotional response as root canal therapy. Many people panic at the very mention of “root canal!”

Well, our West Bloomfield dentists are here to tell you that root canal therapy isn’t nearly as scary as it may, at first, seem. And, in certain situations, root canal treatment can help you literally save a tooth that would otherwise be lost.

The purpose of root canal therapy is to clear away the damaged inner layers of a patient’s tooth. The innermost part of your tooth is filled with nerves, dental pulp, and blood vessels. Once this layer of your tooth is damaged, the tooth is at risk of falling apart or falling out.

Our dental team will go into the affected tooth, and clear away any damaged and vulnerable materials. Then, we’re able to clean the remaining, healthy and stable, tooth structure in preparation for restorative treatment.

The final steps are to fill the hollowed-out tooth with a restorative material, and then cape the tooth with a personalized restoration. Once treatment is complete, the “living” portions of your tooth will be cleared out, leaving only healthy dentin and enamel behind.

Thanks to modern dental tools, which are highly detailed and precise, root canal therapy is more reliable and comfortable than ever before. Oral conscious sedation can also help root canal patients stay comfortable and relaxed throughout the treatment process. Although root canal therapy has a bad reputation for being uncomfortable, this simply isn’t true in today’s dental world.

If you are dealing with serious or extensive dental damage, it is essential that you seek treatment in a timely manner. As always, you can reach out to our West Bloomfield dentists by phone, or through our Contact Us page in order to get started!

06Mar

Our West Bloomfield dentists understand how serious dental fear and anxiety can be for many people. That is why we are proud to offer state-of-the-art sedation treatments to help patients get the care they need in a stress-free environment.

Today we are going to be talking about a popular and versatile relaxation tool: oral conscious sedation. As you read through this short article, we hope that you’ll get a better idea of whether sedation is right for you.

Oral conscious sedation is really quite simple in execution; about an hour before your scheduled appointment, you will take a small, dentist-prescribed pill. As this medication takes effect, you will start to feel calm and relaxed. Please keep in mind that you will need someone to transport you to and from your appointment, as you will be under the effects of medication.

Oral conscious sedation allows you to feel untroubled during the treatment process, and it keeps you pain-free. However, you have the benefit of remaining conscious, and able to respond to our dental team, throughout your appointment. This sedation option has another benefit in that it has amnesic effects, and you probably won’t remember any of the treatment process once it’s all over.

As the effects of sedation wear off, you may feel a bit tired or groggy. However, in general, the effects of oral conscious sedation dissipate quite quickly and naturally.

Patients choose to use sedation for a number of reasons. If you are someone who deals with intense dental anxiety, sedation can truly transform you experience in the dentist’s chair. Oral conscious sedation is often widely used in conjunction with lengthy, multi-staged, and invasive dental treatments.

When you meet with our West Bloomfield dental team, we’ll help you determine whether sedation is right for you. The best way to get started is to give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry.