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Dental anesthesia certainly has its uses—it helps prevent patients from experiencing discomfort during their visit and allows dentists to provide necessary treatment. However, it’s understandable that some patients would want to avoid dental anesthesia. Many patients would prefer to avoid having an anesthetic …

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Many people experience dental anxiety or dental phobia when it comes to the dentist. Unfortunately, many of these people let these fears prevent them from seeing their dentist and receiving the oral care they need to sustain a healthy smile. Fortunately, you don’t have to let dental anxiety or dental phobia …

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An estimated 20% of people experience dental anxiety, but less than half this number experience dental phobia, a severe fear that prevents people from going to the dentist entirely. Dental anxiety and dental phobia prevent patients all over the world from seeking the preventative care they need as well as …

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can affect the joints that connect your upper and lower jaw, making jaw movements uncomfortable at best and painful at worst. Many TMJ disorders are the result of undue pressure on the joint. Depending on what’s causing this pressure, your TMJ may be permanent or temporary. …

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Clenching your teeth and jaw can be extremely damaging to your oral health. Not only does it put stress on the jaw muscles, it also puts an undue amount of stress on your teeth. Your teeth were meant for chewing, not for clenching! You can take simple steps to stop clenching your teeth and prevent damage to your …

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Which Type of Dental Sedation Is Right for You? Dental sedation is something many dentists now offer their patients with dental anxiety. It’s used during procedures that may not necessarily require sedation, but sedation is necessary in order for the patient to relax during treatment. Sedation choices are …

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Laughing gas, known also by its formal name nitrous oxide, is used as a mild sedative in dentistry. It doesn’t smell and you can’t see it, but it helps you relax quickly in order to complete your dental procedure. You’ve heard of laughing gas, and maybe you’ve even received it during a procedure. But what exactly …

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While going to the dentist may seem like a routine task for many adults, for some, it’s an anxiety-inducing event that prevents them from getting the treatment they need. It’s estimated that up to 40 million Americans suffer from some form of dental anxiety or dental phobia. Fortunately, sedation dentistry is …

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You likely haven’t given much thought to that smile that crosses your face when you experience something funny, pose for a photo, or watch cute videos online. However, smiling is more than just a pretty face! Smiling has a wide variety of health benefits, so get ready to show the world your gorgeous smile and reap …

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Although dental anxiety is very common among people, dental phobia takes dental anxiety to the extreme. People who experience dental phobia tend to avoid visiting the dentist at all costs. However, this could end up costing them their smile. Does this sound like you? There is help for people with dental phobia, …

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