Tuesday, September 27, 2016

How Grinding Your Teeth at Night Makes Teeth Sensitive

Do you wake up with a sore jaw in the morning and realize you have been grinding or clenching your teeth at night? This condition called bruxism, can cause more than a sore jaw. It can actually harm your teeth by wearing them down. At Greenville Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, we offer night guards to protect our patients’ teeth from grinding. Keep reading to find out how grinding will cause pain and sensitivity to your teeth.

Continual grinding of your teeth can start to wear down enamel. When the enamel is worn down, it exposes nerve tubules which lead to the nerve center of the tooth. This will lead to that sensitive feeling that can be present when eating or drinking cold or hot foods, brushing your teeth, or even during air exposure. While there are toothpastes that can help decrease sensitivity, there is nothing that beats your enamel. In addition, the worn down enamel can make your teeth prone to cavities.

If you grind your teeth at night, a night guard can offer you protection. To set up an appointment with Greenville Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, call us at (903) 455-6701 or visit our website, www.greenvillefamilydentistrytx.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Anxiolysis Sedation

At Greenville Family Dentistry we offer sedation options for a variety of reasons, ranging from tooth sensitivity during a procedure to patients who suffer from dental fear. Some people don’t look forward to dental appointments any more than they look forward to visits to their primary physician, but at our dental practice we promise to make you as relaxed as possible during your appointment.

The purpose of sedation dentistry is to allow a dentist to work more effectively by helping a patient become as comfortable as possible with the use of sedative medications administered orally and sublingually. Here at Greenville Family Dentistry, one of the types of sedation we offer is anxiolysis. The definition of anxiolysis is simply, “a reduction in anxiety,” to supply the patient with a light level of sedation and take the edge off. It is not as strong as oral conscious sedation, so it is recommended for those with mild to moderate anxiety. After the procedure, you will even be able to drive yourself home, since anxiolysis uses a light sedative, such as valium.

To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.greenvillefamilydentistrytx.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Emuedue at Greenville Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, call 903-455-6701.