Visiting the dentist for a general cleaning and checkup or to treat a throbbing toothache is nothing out of the ordinary, and patients who come into the office pretty much know what to expect. But there is so much more to what dentists can do in the office, and the possibilities are beyond what many may have already assumed.
Take Botox, for example. It may not be what most folks think of when a visit to the dentist comes up, but the aesthetic appeal is exciting. Additionally, Botox can be used for certain conditions dentists commonly see with their patients.
The intriguing prospect of getting Botox injections at the dentist’s office is an eye-opener. Cosmetically or otherwise, here are some points to peruse before considering the process for yourself at Lifetime Dental Health. You may be able to have your Botox desires fulfilled at the dentist’s office rather than with a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. Let’s dig in…
Is Dental Botox Different Than “Regular” Botox?
In a nutshell, no. It is the same stuff. Our dentists at Lifetime Dental Health are trained to administer the product safely and effectively. As with other dental procedures, we will have a consultation with you to determine if getting Botox is right for you, assess your ultimate end goals, and come up with a plan to get you on your way.
What Issues Might Botox Treatments Be Useful For?
Most people are interested in Botox for the cosmetic advantage it brings. Crow’s feet, fine lines, deep wrinkles, frown lines, etc. are minimized thanks to the beautifying benefits of Botox. The results are natural and rejuvenating. The desire to look younger is common, and this tried and true solution has been astoundingly successful for so many people.
Others can benefit from the functionality aspects of Botox, specifically for TMJ and bruxism. These issues involving the jaw can cause patient discomfort, pain, stiffness, and headaches, oftentimes lead to tooth damage due to clenching and grinding. Botox alleviates the pressure, and patients find themselves relieved as the muscles are relaxed.
Thirdly, those who have undergone orthodontic procedures have found more comfort after receiving Botox injections, and denture wearers have had similar success. Who knew the “wrinkle fix” could be so versatile?
Will The Botox Injections Be Painful?
You are likely to feel a pinch or a sting at the site of injection, but overall, the process isn’t too bad. Some patients are naturally more sensitive than others, and the area of the face that is being treated may affect how much you feel the needle. The injections are quick and targeted, and you will be able to leave the office shortly after without issue.
How Long Will The Botox Effects Last?
For most patients, the effects of their Botox treatment last about 3 to 4 months. We generally set up a timed out plan so that you can return regularly to the office for general upkeep, whether it is cosmetic or otherwise. If you don’t wish to follow up, that’s up to you, of course. And if you need to space out your visits differently, we’ll work out a better schedule. Every patient reacts differently, and we’ll soon find out how Botox interacts with your body.
I Have An Event Coming Up, Is Botox A Good Idea?
Many people want to “spruce up” before an important event, such as a high school or college reunion, a wedding, or even just for family photos. We’d advise getting your injections a few weeks or even a month before the big day, just in case there are any complications, which would be rare. Plus, you’ll want to settle into your new look before making a public display.
In case you have an adverse effect, we will address the issue accordingly.
Are You Ready To Try Botox?
We’re here for you if you think Botox will improve your looks or make you feel better. We can set you up with an informative consultation at Lifetime Dental Health to go over the ins and outs of Botox and what to expect, and to decide if Botox is the best choice for your goals, whether they are for aesthetics or an oral/dental issue.
We look forward to seeing you here at Lifetime Dental Health, and are eager to help you realize your potential. Botox is simple to administer, and even easier for you to enjoy. Remember, we go for a subtle, yet significant look when it comes to Botox for aesthetics. A natural result always looks the most attractive.
With the COVID-19 pandemic adding extra stress to our lives, everyday activities, appointments and the like, are no longer run-of-the-mill.
Even going to the dentist poses challenges for patients, from heightened safety concerns to an uptick in anxiety for those who are already not the biggest fans of sitting in the dentist’s chair.
These fearful feelings are understandable, and here at Lifetime Dental Health, we’re here for you. It’s important that you have peace of mind as well as a clear understanding of how we’re making your dental visit as safe and secure as possible. It’s our pleasure to care for our patients like they are family.
How Is Lifetime Dental Health Keeping The Facilities Safer?
First and foremost, know that we are abiding by all recommendations by officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA) to maintain a sanitary and infection-free environment for our staff and patients. We adhere to strict sanitization and disinfection procedures, as your health and safety is our top priority. It always has been, always will be.
We clean all dental tools and equipment thoroughly all day and especially between patients. All surfaces are disinfected regularly. Staff is trained in all cleanliness procedures and processes, and wear gloves and shields for added protection. There are no cutting corners when it comes to strict sanitation practices here at Lifetime Dental Health.
I Want To See The Dentist, But I Have Doubts.
We completely understand that patients still have serious fears during this unprecedented time in history. And it may cause some people to avoid seeing the dentist. This option may seem easy, but in the scheme of things, there’s a far better solution. You can still see us, with added measures to make your visit more manageable.
We want to make your visit to Lifetime Dental Health as comfortable and stress-free as possible. That’s where sedation dentistry comes in. With peace of mind and a relaxed atmosphere, patients can get the dental treatments they need without added pressure or problems due to anxiety.
What Are My Options In Terms Of The Types Of Sedation Dentistry?
Here at Lifetime Dental Health, we offer our patients two types of sedatives, each which work while the patient is awake, but will feel just a bit groggy while under the influence. No needles!
We suggest either an oral sedative which we’ll prescribe pre-appointment, taken shortly before the exam or procedure, or nitrous oxide (aka “laughing gas”) which is given to the patient immediately before we get to work.
Both options ease anxiety and allow the patient to sit through their dental exam or procedure without unnecessary worry or panic. The sedatives will wear off soon after we are finished, although we recommend that patients do not drive themselves home post-visit, as an added precaution. Please organize a pick-up from someone trusted, or rely on public transportation.
Who Might Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is helpful in a number of scenarios. We recommend it for those patients who:
Are fearful of seeing the dentist
Stress out while in the environment of a dentist’s office
Feel anxious in relation to the smells, sounds, and equipment in a dentist’s office
Have a sensitive/highly reactive gag reflex
Are not susceptible to local anesthetic
Have sensitive or painful gums and teeth
Need extensive dental work which may require a lengthy visit
Desire a more comfortable experience overall
Coronavirus – It’s Affecting Many Areas Of Life
Perhaps you have never had an issue with visiting the dentist in the past, but the current COVID-19 climate has you on edge. Do not hesitate to get a little help making it through your dental visit by requesting sedation dentistry. It is a far better alternative than skipping your appointment, as this can lead to complications down the road, affecting your oral and overall health potentially. Plus, when you are in the dentist’s chair, we monitor your health and progress while under the influence of the sedative, so rest assured that you’re in good hands.
Sedation dentistry is safe and effective, and have lead to countless patients having satisfactory dental visits. There’s no need to deal with stress when it can be successfully eliminated from the equation.
Please Contact Us With Questions, Concerns, Or To Book Your Next Appointment
Do you have any questions or concerns about sedation dentistry at Lifetime Dental Health? We’re ready to address anything you would care to discuss prior to your dental appointment.