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 contraindications to using 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.
Clinching and Grinding
At some point in their life, most people will clinch or grind their teeth. This occasional occurrence is typically harmless. However, when teeth grinding happens on a regular basis, it can be a big problem. Teeth grinding can be a symptom of stress or anxiety and often occurs during sleep, so people are sometimes unaware they’re doing it. Headaches, a sore jaw, or someone who sleeps nearby are often how a person discovers the issue. Grinding can cause your teeth to break, become loose, or wear down. It can also affect your jaws, resulting in hearing loss, or TMJ. A night guard is a simple, very effective solution to teeth grinding. Dr. Peck and quickly fit one to a person’s mouth structure and give instructions on how the wearer can adjust the device at home for an even better fit.