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By Botts Dental Spa
April 18, 2022
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sedation  

Fear of the dentist is a common situation that affects many people. Luckily, you can work with your dentist to overcome your fear by using sedation dentistry. But how does sedation dentistry work? Can it help your dental anxiety? Find out with Dr. Jason Botts at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN.

What is sedation dentistry?  

Sedation dentistry is a way for dentists to help patients cope with anxiety related to dental visits and procedures. Many events or experiences can trigger this anxiety, keeping patients from seeking out the preventive and necessary care they require for their smiles. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help the patient relax both mind and body during their dental visit. Sedation dentistry comes in various strengths depending on the patient, the complexity of their procedure, and the level of their dental anxiety. 

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?  

A good candidate for sedation dentistry is in good health and able to undergo the sedation process. In addition to helping patients relax, sedation dentistry allows several procedures to be completed in one visit. Sedation dentistry can also help those with jaw weakness or pain, people with a severe gag reflex, and other physical limitations. Dentists recommend against sedation dentistry if the patient has a heart condition, is taking certain medications, has medical allergies, or suffers from certain respiratory conditions. 

Sedation Dentistry 

Sedation dentistry has several different levels and strengths, beginning with a local anesthetic. This numbs the work area of the mouth. From there, sedation begins conservatively with mild sedation or “laughing gas.” Moderate sedation will keep the patient conscious, but they will probably not remember much of their procedure. Deep sedation will cause the patient to go fully to sleep and undergo their procedure while unconscious. 

For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Jason Botts at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN. Call 901-737-2200 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today! 

By Botts Dental Spa
March 18, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Although regular brushing will help keep your teeth healthy, for many people brushing alone doesn't give them the dazzling smile they are hoping for. If your teeth are stained or discolored, professional whitening services can help. Dr. Jason Botts of Botts Dental Spa offers teeth whitening in Cordova, TN.

Who Needs Whitening?

The color of teeth can vary from one person to the next. Habits such as smoking or consuming certain foods and drinks like coffee can stain your teeth. Teeth whitening in Cordova, TN, is available for individuals who would like to improve the color and overall appearance of their teeth.

How Is Whitening Done?

In-office teeth whitening is done using a specialized peroxide formula. Your dentist will make sure your gums are protected before applying the whitening gel. It is then activated with a special light and left on your teeth for about an hour. Your teeth can be 3-8 shades whiter with just one treatment and the results are long-lasting with the proper dental hygiene. 

Is Whitening Safe?

Whitening is safe for most patients. The dentist will decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure because there are some types of discoloration that don't respond to whitening like discoloration caused by certain medications. There are other treatment options for these kinds of stains.

Care For Your Teeth

Once you have completed your whitening procedure, you will want to care for your teeth going forward. You will want to make sure that you kick bad habits which are contributing to your teeth staining. You should also brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.

If you would like to learn more about brightening your smile, Dr. Jason Botts of Botts Dental Spa offers teeth whitening in Cordova, TN. Call (901) 737-2200 to set up an appointment today.

By Botts Dental Spa
October 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sedation dentistry  

How sedation dentistry from your dentist in Cordova, TN, can help relieve your dental anxiety.

Do you break into a cold sweat when you think about going to the dentist? If so, you could be suffering from dental anxiety, a very real condition, with very real consequences. There is an answer to your dental anxiety. You need to discover sedation dentistry!

Dr. Jason Botts at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN, offers a wide range of dental services, including sedation dentistry to relieve your dental anxiety.

Dental anxiety can cause several unpleasant symptoms, including:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Hyperventilating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Excessive sweating
  • Lightheadedness

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, they aren’t “all in your head.” The truth is, dental anxiety can be caused by:

  • A bad past dental experience
  • A bad past dental outcome
  • Experiencing tooth pain
  • Fear of needles
  • Fear of being laid back in the dental chair
  • Fear of the sounds, smells, and atmosphere of a dental office

The process of sedation dentistry begins with a review of your medical history and a consultation to determine which sedation method is best for you.

Sedation starts with a sedative pill, which you take the night before, or one hour before your appointment.

Depending on the degree of sedation you want, Dr. Botts may give you additional medication, which often includes breathing a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a nosepiece. The combined oral and inhaled sedation is known as conscious sedation. You will be drowsy and may sleep through your appointment.

Then, a member of your dental care team will place a thick, warmed blanket over you to help you relax.

Whichever sedation method is used, you must bring a driver with you to bring you home after your appointment.

To read more detailed information about sedation dentistry, please visit the Sedation Dentistry page on the website by clicking here.

Sedation dentistry can make a real difference in how you view dentistry. It also can help you get needed dental work completed, all while you are in a state of relaxation.

To learn more about sedation dentistry options and how sedation dentistry can relieve your dental anxiety, call Dr. Jason Botts at Botts Dental Spa in Cordova, TN. You can reach him by calling (901) 737-2200, so call now.

By Botts Dental Spa
October 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic procedures that people request at the dentist. If you smoke or drink tea, coffee, or wine regularly, you may find unwanted stains or discoloration building up on the surface of your teeth. While this can be common for many people, it can also have negative effects on your confidence, self-image, and social interactions. Teeth whitening done by a dental professional is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. For teeth whitening in Cordova, TN, also serving the Collierville and Eastern Memphis, TN, areas, consider Dr. Jason Botts of Botts Dental Spa.

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening procedures offer patients safer, faster, and longer-lasting results as compared to over-the-counter whitening treatments. This is because dentists are able to use stronger bleaching agents than what is available over-the-counter, as they have the training and expertise to apply it directly to the surface of your teeth and monitor your results. Under the direct care of a dentist, your gums, cheeks, and lips will be protected from the bleaching agents, allowing for safer teeth whitening in Cordova, TN.

While there are a few options for professional whitening procedures your dentist may choose, in general, professional teeth whitening can brighten teeth three to eight shades whiter after just one treatment. Because over-the-counter ingredients are unable to provide the same strength bleach, it will take more frequent treatments and longer durations to get visible teeth whitening results.

Finding The Right Dentist

At Botts Dental Spa, you can experience for yourself the benefits of professional teeth whitening in Cordova, TN. If you are looking for the right dentist in the Cordova, Collierville, and Eastern Memphis, TN area, it may be time to reach out to Dr. Botts. For more information or to make an appointment today, please give us a call at (901) 737-2200.

By Botts Dental Spa
June 30, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

There are many reasons why someone may need dental implants. But why choose implants for your dental needs, and who should you trust with this procedure? Your professional and experienced dentist, Dr. Jason Botts of Botts Dental Spa, provides quality care for both medically necessary and cosmetic dental procedures, including implant dentistry, in Cordova, TN. Read on to learn more about implant dentistry and the reasons to choose dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are meant to mimic real teeth in the way that they look and function. Just like our teeth are rooted in our gums, dental implants use a titanium screw to attach to our jaw through the gums. This way the implants will not move or wobble like dentures would when chewing or talking. You can still eat all of your favorite foods with implants! In addition, the permanence of dental implants can add confidence and peace of mind to individuals who need replacement teeth and want them to feel as real as possible.

By fixing the aesthetics of missing teeth through dental implants, you can also help preserve the surrounding teeth as they will not shift into the gaps in your smile. By focusing on just the tooth or teeth that need to be replaced, implant dentistry in Cordova, TN, can limit additional pain and pressure on the mouth and preserve your existing bone structure. Not only will dental implants help improve the look of your smile, but they also help to the pressure off your remaining teeth in ways that other alternatives for tooth replacement do not.

Botts Dental Spa

In Cordova, TN, implant dentistry is just a call away to help you achieve your best smile today! If you feel you may benefit from dental implants and want to learn more or make an appointment with Dr. Botts, please give us a call at (901) 737-2200.

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