Invisalign has replaced the need for metal brackets and wires in most cases. They are used to fix crowning, gaps, align front teeth that have relapsed from previous orthodontics treatment and also to improve your overall dental health by allowing you to clean and floss your teeth properly. Teeth that are crowded and crooked are hard to clean and cause plaque build-up leading to decay. Invisalign can also help eliminate headaches due to poor alignment of teeth. There are many benefits to using Invisalign. They are comfortable, smooth plastic so there are no irritations to the gums like metal braces. Invisalign is removable so that you can eat anything and continue normal dental care such as brushing and flossing regularly. These clear, plastic shells are not visible and treatment is fast. Appointments are short and there are also fewer office visits than traditional metal braces.
At Lake Austin Family Dental, we understand that many people suffer from dental anxiety and put off trips to the dentist as a result of dental phobia. We have several options available to help you feel totally relaxed during your appointment.
Nitrous Oxide is an inexpensive option, also called “laughing gas”. One benefit is that you are able to drive to and from your appointment safely. Once your appointment is over and the gas is removed, it is out of your body immediately with no side effects.
Oral conscious sedation dentistry involves taking a pill about one hour before your dental appointment. Oral sedation does not render you unconscious, it puts you in a state of extreme relaxation, so that you don’t experience discomfort or pain during you treatment. Dr. Harris and her assistant will be monitoring your vital signs during the entire treatment. The effects of oral conscious sedation last two – six hours. It is best to make arrangements to have someone take you to and from the office.
At Lake Austin Family Dental, we are committed to pain-free dental procedures. That’s why we are proud to offer Oraqix for certain procedures. Oraqix is a proprietary anesthetic product that can be applied without a needle, ensuring that your dental procedure is pain-free from start to end.
For patients with severe anxiety, we have a highly respected dental anesthesiologist who can administer IV sedation.
Arestin is a prescription antibiotic, approved by the FDA, used in conjunction with scaling and root planing, placed by the dental hygienist, for the treatment of periodontal disease. It is a small measured dose of minocycline that will kill the bacteria the cause gum disease. Deep scaling alone will not remove all of the bacteria and toxins from below the gumline. This is when Arestin will be placed directly into the periodontal pocket. The use of Arestin will eliminate bacteria from being able to re-infect the periodontal pocket for up to 30 days which will allow for better healing and therefore longer lasting results.
One third of the population snores while sleeping. Spouses and children of habitual snorers are repeatedly disturbed during their sleep. The struggle for breath can result in soaring blood pressure which can damage the walls of the carotid artery and increase the risk of stroke. During sleep, the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, causing a narrowing to the airway. This decrease in airway space causes vibrations resulting in noisy breathing or snoring. The silent night works by moving the lower jaw into a forward position, increasing the space in the airway tube, reducing vibration. Snoring is eliminated. Silent night devices have success rates of 80 – 100%.
If you would like to learn more or would like to schedule a visit to Lake Austin Family Dental please contact us today at 512-474-5233.