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Anxiety about dental visits is quite common, and nothing to be embarrassed about. People suffer dental anxiety for many different reasons ranging from a bad childhood experience to worries about gagging during treatment.

Whatever your concern, The Novato sedation dentist has the skill and training needed to provide you with a comfortable, stress-free experience.

Safe, Gentle Nitrous Oxide

For your comfort, we offer nitrous oxide, a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas that we administer through a small mask. Nitrous oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. It is safe, and we calibrate our equipment so that you receive 50–70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.

You will be able to breathe on your own and will be vaguely aware of the activity around you. You will experience slight euphoria and a type of temporary mild amnesia. Many of our patients don’t remember what happened during their appointment when we use nitrous oxide.

Advantages of Using Nitrous Oxide

  • Your dentist will monitor and adjust the depth of sedation throughout treatment.
  • There is no after effect such as drowsiness.
  • Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
  • Inhalation sedation is very useful in minimizing gagging.
  • Nitrous works quickly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2–3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.

Reasons Not to Use Nitrous Oxide

We do not recommend nitrous oxide if you have been diagnosed with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though there are no other significant contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, MS, a cold, or other difficulties with breathing. If you are pregnant, we will only recommend nitrous if a local anesthesia is not sufficient to help you relax.

Trust Your Care to Experience and Training

Our doctors have specialized training in delivering safe, effective sedation for our patients. We’ve helped lost of our patients reclaim healthy, beautiful teeth through relaxing sedation dentistry. Please call the Novato sedation dentist if you are ready to eliminate your anxiety and get the care you need.    

Many people are unaware of the risks and dangers associated with oral cancer.

While oral cancer makes up only a small portion of annual cancer cases, it is still a serious problem. Oral cancer cases that are diagnosed in the early stages of development have a significantly improved survival rate — up to 80% after five years.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

The following risk factors can’t be changed, but the Novato, CA family dentist knows that awareness raises your vigilance so potential problems can be addressed early when treatment options and positive outcomes are greatest.

  • Heredity
  • Aging - More than 90% of all oral cancers occur in individuals over 40. However, the incidence among younger people has been on the uptick recently, perhaps related to lifestyle behaviors.
  • Race - African Americans have a higher incidence of oral cancer than Caucasians.

The following are risk factors that can and should be addressed:

  • Smoking and chewing tobacco - Smokers are at five to nine times greater risk of developing oral cancer
  • Alcohol - Moderate to heavy drinkers are at three to nine times greater risk; the higher the alcohol content, the greater the risk
  • Diet - A high intake of fruits/vegetables, which are high in antioxidants, has been found to have a protective effect against a variety of cancers, including oral.
  • Chronic sun exposure - Often connected with lip cancers.

We want to do everything possible to keep your oral health and your general health on track. Please contact our Novato, CA family dentist to arrange your next exam, including an oral cancer screening.

If you are thinking about talking to your dentist about orthodontic treatment like Invisalign, you are probably focused on the esthetic result. After all, it’s exciting to think about smiling again with confidence!

While esthetics are important, you probably haven’t given much thought to the long-term health effects of orthodontic treatment. It’s true that treatment can dramatically alter your appearance, but straighter teeth also result in a healthier smile.

3 Things to Know about Crooked Teeth

You already know that crooked teeth have a negative impact on the appearance of your smile. But patients looking for a cosmetic dentist in Novato may not realize how a misaligned smile impacts overall oral health. Here are a few examples of oral health problems related to crooked or crowded teeth.

Difficulty Cleaning: If you don’t have clean teeth, you don’t have a healthy smile. Proper oral hygiene is essential if you want to enjoy a lifetime free of dental problems. Crooked or crowded teeth make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene because you may not be able to floss between them. This puts you at risk for decay and periodontal disease.

Involved Orthodontic Problems: When one or more teeth are crooked or crowded, surrounding teeth start to shift as well. Your teeth are constantly moving, and as the root of a crooked tooth tilts to one side or the other, adjacent teeth follow. Putting off treatment may result in more involved orthodontic problems down the road.

Dental Bite: If you have untreated orthodontic issues, you can end up with a misaligned dental bite. This means that teeth on one side of your mouth bite down harder on one side than the other. This can lead to a variety of problems including excess wear on teeth, jaw pain, and even TMJ.

Call the Cosmetic Dentist Novato Today!

Why risk your good oral health with a crooked smile? With all the great adult orthodontics available today, there’s no reason to live with a smile you don’t love. Please call our office and we’ll be happy to talk to you about treatment with invisible braces.

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