In addition to tooth whitening, veneers, crowns, and tooth-colored restorations, Smile New Braunfels also provides a range of other cosmetic services.
Sealants are very effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth. Sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Sealants take only a few minutes
to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe; the patient receives 50-70 percent oxygen with no less than 30 percent nitrous oxide. It is a sweet smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which is inhaled. The patient is able to breathe on his or her own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.
There are many advantages to using nitrous oxide:
The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
There is no after effect, such as a 'hangover'.
Inhalation sedation is safe, with no side effects on your heart or lungs.
Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
It works rapidly, reaching the brain within 20 seconds. In as few as two to three minutes, its relaxation and pain-killing properties develop.
Though there are no major issues associated with the use of nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, chest problems, multiple sclerosis, a cold, or other difficulties with breathing. You may want to ask Dr. Peck for a five-minute trial to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.