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There are many people who suffer from anxiety when they even just think about visiting the dentist. For those patients who have fear of going to the dentist, sedation dentistry can be a real comfort. Old Settlers Dental sedation dentistry enables patients to feel relaxed and calm throughout their visit. There are a number of sedation dentistry options available to patients today. Let’s go over them here.

Types of Sedation Dentistry Available

There are four types of sedation dentists use today. These are:

Nitrous oxide sedation: Nitrous oxide provides a type of sedation referred to as conscious inhalation. Patients will breathe in the gas (also referred to as laughing gas) which will ...

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The Stinky Truth Behind Halitosis

Bad Breath | Round Rock TX Dentist

Halitosis, or foul-­smelling breath, is usually caused by the breakdown of food. Other causes are poor dental hygiene, dry mouth, disease, infection, tobacco use and severe dieting.

What You Can Do

Keep bad breath away with good dental hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing daily, and using a toothbrush or tongue scraper to clean your tongue. Take out removable dentures every night and clean them thoroughly. To get more saliva moving in your mouth, try eating healthy foods that require a lot of chewing, chewing sugar­-free gum, or sucking on sugar-­free candies. If your saliva refuses to flow, your dentist may recommend artificial saliva. Tobacco products tend to reduce ...

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Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns in Round Rock TX | Old Settlers Dental

Dental crowns are used for a variety of treatments. A crown is a custom-fit tooth-shaped cover for your natural tooth that can restore the look and feel of your natural tooth. This cap is sometimes required in your dental procedure, and it's a great option for many patients.

Here are some of the benefits: 

  • Aesthetically pleasing: Dental crowns are a great option for the actual appearance of your teeth. Because they are custom made to fit your teeth, you can choose a porcelain crown to actually look and feel more like a natural tooth. 
  • Improved teeth: If you have a misshapen, uneven, or chipped tooth, a dental crown can restore the cosmetic look of ...

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Helping Your Toddler Through Thumb Sucking

Thumb Sucking Solutions | Old Settlers Dental, Round Rock TX

We all know how precious it can be to see a little baby drifting off to sleep, thumb tucked in the mouth, happy as can be. For many children, thumb sucking begins as early as the womb and can be a way for them to help calm down, or a soothing technique at bedtime. Around the age of 2-4 years, children begin to develop new coping skills that usually replace thumb sucking. Dentists used to believe that as long as children stopped sucking their thumb before their permanent teeth were developed, there would be little impact to the mouth and jaw. We now know that habitual thumb sucking during toddler years ...

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Flossing

When brushing your teeth while getting ready to head to work or get to bed, it’s often tempting to skip flossing in order to save a little time. We’ve already brushed our teeth, so what’s the worst that could happen if we don’t floss? If you asked the experts at Old Settlers Dental, they’d probably warn you about things like Halitosis, bleeding gums, periodontal disease, and even difficulties during pregnancy!

Effects of Skipping Flossing

  • Halitosis – Bad breath doesn’t just come from the bacteria and buildup on your teeth and tongue (which you hopefully brush thoroughly). Failing to floss ignores tons of plaque and bacterial waste that hangs out up between your ...

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Facial Pain? Could It Be TMD?

TMD Symptoms | Round Rock TX Dentist

Many of our patients come to us complaining of headaches and jaw/facial pain. One of the most common culprits, we have found, is TMD, or Temporomandibular Disorder. This disorder is a chronic pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. This joint allows you to move your jaw in different directions, allowing you to talk, chew, and yawn.

TMD has a number of causes, including, but not limited to:

  • Injury from whiplash or a heavy blow.
  • Stress-induced grinding or clenching of the teeth and jaw.
  • Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball & socket of the joint.
  • Arthritis in ...

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Why Would We Recommend Oral Surgery?

Oral Surgery by Old Settlers Dental in Round Rock TX

We know that nobody wants to hear that they need oral surgery. At our Round Rock, TX dental office, we will usually explore the most conservative options first. In some circumstances, however, oral surgery is simply the most appropriate option.

Surgery can conjure up some scary images, but the truth is that most oral surgery procedures are fairly quick and even routine. We’ll take every possible precaution to make sure that you are comfortable before, during, and after your procedure. If you are feeling stress or anxiety, let us know. We are happy to discuss our sedation dentistry options with you.

For your comfort and convenience, we can perform a range of ...

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