Procedures for Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Millions of Americans put off dental appointments because of dental fear and trauma. This fear is often a result of unpleasant past experiences with dentists. They seek to prevent the unpleasant experience from happening again by avoiding the dentist. They do so at the expense of their well-being, since they would rather endure dental discomfort rather than visit a clinic.

This kind of avoidance has dire consequences. It aggravates dental problems and causes related health issues because it delays treatment. Putting off dental appointments can lead to permanent tooth loss, abscesses, gum disease and pain. These necessitate more complex and painful dental procedures.

There are many ways to circumvent dental anxiety. Patients can look at their options when it comes to sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is a practice wherein the Alpine dentist administers sedatives to the patient. This puts the patient in a state of deep relaxation. This calms them down prior to treatment, making it possible for them to overcome their anxiety through artificial means.

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective practice. The type of sedative to be used depends on the severity of a person’s dental anxiety, as well as the nature of the procedure to be performed.

Simple and routine procedures like dental fillings or tooth extractions only require light sedatives. However, invasive and complex procedures such as dental implant surgery require IV sedation.

Sedation dentistry makes it easier for dentists to perform procedures faster and more efficiently. This is because they won’t have to deal with interruptions from the patients while the procedure is on-going. For more inquiries, contact (801) 756-4440.

I’m Afraid of the Dentist

Gentle Dental Care in Alpine and Highland

If you’re scared of the dentist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a common problem that can range from simple uneasiness to fainting at the dental office. Then there are people who prefer to avoid discomfort altogether by never showing up at appointments. Your Alpine dentist understands how fear and anxiety can keep you from getting necessary dental care, so he designed our office to be a stress-free zone where every experience is pleasant.

Relaxing Office

Alpine Dental Care is an office like no other. Let your worries melt way in our comfortable waiting room with vaulted ceilings that keep claustrophobia at bay. Watch TV shows and movies (even in the treatment rooms) or listen to soothing music as you snuggle under warm blankets. We also have a special game room for children and an aviary where you can watch birds hatching.

DentalVibe Pain-Free Injections

Your dentist in Alpine uses DentalVibe, a painless injection system. The small pen-like device uses vibration to counter and block the sensation of pain from injections. No need for pills or drugs! Even if needles don’t bother you, DentalVibe helps local anesthetic spread more quickly and evenly.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Dr. Larsen provides nitrous oxide to help you reach a higher level of comfort. Nitrous oxide is a safe, colorless gas that is inhaled through a mask placed over your nose or mouth. Within seconds after inhalation, you will feel calm, relaxed and ready for treatment. You are conscious throughout the procedure and can be easily awakened if you do fall asleep. This sedation method is recommended for patients with mild to moderate anxiety.

Advanced Technology

Advanced technology means better patient experiences. At Alpine Dental Care, we have invested in the latest equipment and techniques for accurate diagnosis and painless procedures.

Learn how dentistry can be comfortable and pleasant. Schedule a consultation with your Alpine dentist today by calling 801-756-4440. You can also use our online form to make an appointment.

I’m Embarrassed to Smile

Cosmetic Dentistry in Alpine, UT

It’s hard to smile when your teeth are missing, stained or damaged. Even if your mouth is healthy, crowded teeth and poor bite can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. If you’re tired of hiding your smile behind your hand, top Alpine dentist, Dr. Garon Larsen, can help. Dr. Larsen offers several solutions to damaged teeth or teeth that could use a little touch-up. Our comprehensive dental services include in-office bleaching, veneers, tooth-colored fillings, Invisalign and dental implants.

In-Office Bleaching

Stained teeth can be caused by tobacco smoking, too much coffee or wine and certain medications. Dr. Larsen restores your teeth brightness with safe and effective in-office teeth bleaching. We use Opalescence Boost to whiten your teeth dramatically in just one session, without teeth sensitivity. Opalescence Boost is recommended if you want immediate and guaranteed results.

Tooth-Colored Restorations

Our tooth-colored and metal-free restorations are the ultimate in function and aesthetics. Tooth-colored fillings blend in with the rest of your teeth, and they are also mercury-free. Metal-free crowns offer the best aesthetics and are ideal for patients with metal allergies. Dr. Larsen also performs safe removal and replacement of old metal crowns and fillings.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin facings that are bonded to the tooth’s surface. Our durable porcelain veneers hide major imperfections like discoloration, gaps, chips and cracks. Porcelain veneers can be matched to the color and appearance of your teeth for the most natural look.

Smile Makeovers

Whether you need a full mouth reconstruction involving a series of procedures or a quick touch-up and teeth bleaching, your dentist in Alpine has everything you need. Our goal is to give you not just beautiful teeth, but a healthy, confident smile that lasts for a lifetime.

Get a smile makeover today at Alpine Dental Care. Call 801-756-4440 to schedule a consultation or make an appointment online.

I’m Having a Hard Time Chewing

Dental Implants and Implant Dentures in Alpine

Bad or missing teeth are not just aesthetic problems. They can lead to discomfort or pain when chewing, making you lose your appetite. Teeth sensitivity in an otherwise healthy mouth can also make you avoid certain foods. Another issue is poor-fitting dentures that come off when you eat tough and sticky food. Over time, a restricted, unappetizing diet can lead to poor nutrition.

If you’re having a hard time chewing, Alpine dentist Dr. Garon Larsen can restore your mouth’s function and improve your appearance. Eat the foods you love and smile confidently again with dental solutions like tooth-colored fillings, metal-free restorations, implants, and implant-retained dentures. Dr. Larsen offers comprehensive dental care for children and adults in one convenient location.

Dental Implants and Restorations

Dental implants are tiny titanium screws that are embedded surgically into your jawbone. The implants are designed to fuse with the bone and replace the tooth root. This makes implants the most secure foundation for restorations like crowns, bridges and dentures. Dental implants look and function just like real teeth—they restore almost 100% of your chewing ability.
Dental implant placement is a multi-step procedure. After a comprehensive evaluation, the oral surgeon will place the implant and allow the area to heal. Once healed, the abutment is placed and the restoration is attached to the implant. Depending on your needs, this can be a single crown for one missing tooth, a fixed bridge, or an implant-retained denture.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant-retained dentures are dentures supported by dental implants. A minimum of four implants are often used to anchor a complete set of upper or lower replacement teeth. Depending on the type of implant and the method used, implant-retained dentures can be placed in one visit or over several appointments. Unlike regular dentures, implant dentures restore stimulation and prevent bone loss. Implant dentures are also more comfortable and secure. No need to worry about losing your false teeth ever again!

Restore your chewing ability and smile with confidence. Schedule a consultation with your Alpine dentist today.

Understand How to Overcome Your Genetics

As we move closer and closer to understanding the human genome, we are finding out more bits and pieces along the way. In regards to your oral health, your genetics play a much larger role than we previously suspected! About 60% of your risk for decay can be traced to one of those little genes floating around your body. Now the task is figuring out how to overcome bad genetics that might be causing dental problems!

Common Genetic Issues
Of course some genetic issues are more obvious than others. The strength of your tooth enamel and the shape of your teeth are major factors in the health of your teeth. The strength of your saliva is also playing a role. Taste ability and preferences are less obvious, but also play a role. That sweet tooth that’s getting you in trouble is a result of a genetic marker. Who knew?

Overcoming Genetics
There is no test here in our office to find out how “bad” your teeth are based on genetics, but we can look at your rate of decay. We can look at that the number of cavities you’ve had in the past 3-5 years and get a pretty good idea of what we’re up against, then we can make a plan. You can schedule cleanings more often and floss throughout the day, or you can ask us about dental sealants. The sealant covers the chewing surfaces of your teeth, protecting deeply-grooved or poorly enameled teeth from harm.

When you walk into our office, know that we are working for you. We will help you find out what’s going on in your mouth, and then we will help you figure out a solution. When it comes to teeth that are prone to decay, dental sealants are our solution! Contact us today to set up an appointment. Let us know if you’d like more ideas about how we can help you overcome your genetics when we see you again!

Three At-Home Remedies for Bruxism

Is waking up with a headache or pain in your jaw a regular occurrence? Before you pop more pain relievers, you should consider that there might be something else going on. Waking up with a headache is often a sign of bruxism, or grinding your teeth. This mostly occurs at night while you are sleeping. Tension in your jaw causes your arches to grind against each other, resulting in quite a bit of pain and the risk for damage to your teeth. Here are a few things you can do to ease that tension before bed.

1) Cut Back on Caffeine

Caffeine close to bedtime can often cause the jaw to grind from tension in the body. If you enjoy that cup of joe before bed, maybe switch to decaf or cut the caffeine out altogether to help your jaw relax before you sleep.

2) Practice Relaxation Techniques

Deep breathing and muscle-relaxing activities can do wonders for bruxism patients. Take a few moments to relax your muscles, especially your upper body and facial muscles, before closing your eyes for the night.

3) A Warm Compress

Place a warm rag or compress on your jaw while you fall asleep. The heat will relax your muscles and discourage any bruxism while you sleep.

If trying these methods does nothing to end your pain, it’s time to see a dentist to see if you can rule out bruxism. Some bruxism patients need something more advanced to stop the pain and discomfort. Contact us today to set up an appointment. We’d love to help you get better sleep and protect your teeth at the same time!

A Metal-Free Crown For a Healthier Smile

Any number of things can happen to your teeth that might require an emergency trip to the dentist. When you come into the office for a repair, you want to know that the materials we use for your tooth are going to be safe for your mouth. When it comes to dental crowns, we are one of a few dental offices that offers a true metal-free crown for our patients!

A crown is necessary when the tooth can no longer function as it is. A cavity isn’t big enough, but the tooth root is still healthy enough to stay in the mouth. In these instances, we place a crown, or a cap, on top of your damaged tooth. The crown will hold your tooth together, creating a permanent restoration for your mouth. However, when those crows are metal or contain metal, you might be putting yourself at risk for an allergic reaction.

Metal-Free Crowns

In our office, we use porcelain crowns. Some porcelain crowns are actually metal with a porcelain cover, but our crowns are truly metal-free. There’s no need to worry about irritation or discomfort from an allergic reaction because our materials are compatible with your body. The aesthetic result is better as well. There will be no dark line along the gums because the porcelain crown will match the rest of your teeth perfectly!

Metal-free crowns allow our patients to have the best dental restoration available for their tooth, especially those patients with metal intolerance or allergies. Contact us today to learn more about metal-free crowns. We’d love to show you our options and help you make the best decision for your smile.

Your Child’s First Steps to Oral Health

Setting your child up for success begins from the beginning of life. There are so many theories and things you can and should do to prepare your child for their future, but there’s a lot of room for mistakes, too. When it comes to oral health, we’d love to see our patients taking care of their babies’ teeth right from the beginning. Here’s a list of simple ways you can make that happen in your household!

Caring for Baby Gums – From the time that babe is 3 months old, you should begin wiping her gums with a wet cloth in order to keep the gums clean for emerging teeth. You can continue this method through the first few teeth.

Flossing When It’s Time – As soon as there are teeth that are touching, you should be running a flosser between those teeth to remove bacteria. Be sure to keep it gentle!

Schedule a First Appointment – Set up a first appointment for your baby as soon as the time is right. That will vary from child to child, so give us a call if you’re not sure when that should be. We’ll count teeth and keep things very happy and fun for your little one.

We are here to help you take care of your family’s smiles. Dr. Larsen is an experienced family dentist. Let us know how we can help, and when it’s time to come in, give us a call! We’d love to see you and your growing family on a regular basis.

Three Ways We Make Your Dental Appointment Easier

We know that going to the dentist is not the easiest thing for every patient! In fact, some patients are really terrified to come into the office for a cleaning, much less an appointment. In our office, we make things easier on our patients by identifying the things that trigger fear and moving past them! There’s no reason to fear a dentist that goes to great lengths to make you more comfortable.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation – We start with the fear of sitting in the chair. To address this, we offer nitrous oxide sedation. By simply breathing in a relaxing gas, you can have a completely different experience free of pain and anxiety!

DentalVibe Injections – Some patients are terrified of the needle. We got rid of this problem by using DentalVibe, which is a tool that provides vibration at the injection site so that you don’t feel a thing! The vibration also helps spread the numbing agent around your mouth so that you are more thoroughly numb.

Comfortable Surroundings – Finally, we removed the feeling of being in a medical office. Some offices are so sterile and foreign that you can’t help but feel nervous. We provide comfortable surroundings with televisions, blankets, and high ceilings. We even have an aviary that you can visit!

Through these measures, we believe we have created a better dental office for our patients. If you’ve been avoiding the dentist for years because you are afraid, it’s time to find out how comfortable a dental office can be. Contact us today to learn more about our office. We are sure you’ll love what you see!