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Sedation Dentistry in Canton, MI

May 20, 2015

76132811If you’re fearful of seeing the dentist, then you might be reassured to know that you’re in good company… lots of good company. The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS Education) estimates that some 30 percent of the population is afraid to visit the dentist. As a consequence, they don’t receive the dental care they need, which might be compromising not only their oral health, but their general health, too. There is, however, a good way to overcome this fear. With sedation dentistry, Dr. J. D. Robison at Robison Dental Group in Canton, MI, can allay your fears and apprehension, so you can relax and have those dental procedures that may be long overdue.

Regardless of why you’re fearful of the dentist—a bad memory from a childhood visit to the dentist, fear of needles and other sharp objects, the sights, sounds and smell in a dental office—sedation dentistry can help. Dr. Robison uses a form of sedation dentistry called oral sedation.

What is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

With oral sedation dentistry, Dr. Robison prescribes a mild sedative medication for you to take at a designated time prior to your dental appointment. Once you’ve taken this small pill, you’ll shortly begin to feel yourself relax and your worries will melt away. Bear in mind that once you’ve taken the medicine you cannot operate a vehicle. A friend or family member will need to drive you to your appointment and back home again.

Once you arrive at Robison Dental Group, we’ll make sure you’re completely comfortable before we begin any procedure. Depending on the treatment that you’re having, a local anesthetic may be necessary. But by the time you’re settled in the dentist’s chair, you may feel like you’re sleeping and, therefore, have no recollection of any part of your procedure. In reality, you are awake enough to respond to Dr. Robison when he speaks to you during your treatment.

Call Our Office Today

To learn more about oral sedation dentistry, or to schedule that appointment you’ve been postponing, call Robison Dental Group. We conveniently serve patients in Canton, MI, as well as the surrounding areas of Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth and beyond.

Dental Health and Your Diet

October 15, 2014

176800322What you choose to eat and drink everyday has a significant effect on the health of your teeth and gums. Even with a proper dental care routine, consuming excessive amounts of foods that are bad for your teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Make an appointment with Dr. Robison today to maintain your good dental health. Robison Dental Group proudly serves patients throughout Canton, MI and the nearby communities of Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland and Plymouth.

Dental Health Boosters

  • Calcium Rich Foods– Consuming at least 1000mg daily of high calcium foods like milk, cheese, yogurt,  fish, kale and broccoli can help you maintain strong teeth and jaw bone.
  • Vitamin C Rich Foods– Eating one piece of citrus fruit daily like oranges, grapefruits, tangerines or kiwi can help to protect you from developing gingivitis as the vitamin C in these fruits helps the body repair tissues and fight off infection.
  • Tea and Tap Water– While drinking too much tea may stain your teeth, studies have shown that chemicals in black tea can reduce the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in dental plaque. Tap water contains fluoride, the same ingredient we use in our toothpastes to prevent tooth decay.

Dental Health Attackers

  • Dried Fruits- They are both full of sugar and sticky. Unlike regular fruits, they don’t help you produce the amount of saliva needed to wash the sugar away from your teeth. They can also get stuck in hard to clean areas of your mouth which promotes bacteria growth and in turn, tooth decay.
  • Sugary Drinks- This includes sodas, diet sodas, juices and sports drinks like Gatorade. Consuming these drinks bathes your teeth in acid that wears away the enamel. Consider cutting back on these drinks or at least using a straw to reduce the amount of acid hitting your teeth.
  • Alcohol and Coffee- Excessive amounts of alcohol can decrease the natural amount of saliva in your mouth which promotes bacteria growth. Alcohol can also irritate your gum tissues. Coffee can make your teeth sticky, allowing plaque to build up and making them harder to keep clean.

Dental Health Solutions in Canton, MI

Moderation is the key to developing dietary habits that protect your dental health. You can be proactive with your dental care by consciously incorporating foods that promote healthy teeth and gums and cutting back on those that don’t. If you are concerned about how your diet is affecting your dental health, make an appointment with Dr. Robison today to discuss your concerns. Robison Dental Group proudly serves patients throughout Canton, MI and the nearby communities of Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland and Plymouth.

Relaxing Care with Sedation Dentistry

February 14, 2014

sedation dentistryDo you avoid going to the dentist? Many people do, often because of anxiety. But skipping appointments, whether a simple checkup or a more advanced procedure, is a bad idea. In the absence of care, you could develop cavities, gum disease, or another serious oral health condition.

You don’t have to live with dental fear forever, though. Using sedation dentistry, the team at Robison Dental Group in Canton can help you have a new kind of dental experience. Instead of feeling anxious or claustrophobic, you can feel relaxed and at peace.

That’s all thanks to the power of a small pill you’ll take just before your appointment begins, an approach known as oral sedation.

A patient who uses oral sedation to overcome anxiety will come through a dental appointment with little to no memory of the individual details of the appointment. What he or she will remember is feeling comfortable and anxiety-free while receiving important care.

If you’ll be using oral sedation for the first time, keep in mind that you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home afterward.

Do you have questions about what’s possible with oral sedation? Call Robison Dental Group in Canton today. Our doctors are happy to answer the questions you might have about dental anxiety, sedation dentistry, and oral sedation. We offer great care to patients from Canton, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth.

Effective Sedation Dentistry for Canton-Area Patients

October 12, 2012

For many patients, anxiety is an impediment to essential oral care. But it doesn’t have to be the way. If you put off or avoid important dental visits because of fear, Dr. John and J.D. Robison have a simple but effective service known as oral sedation that can help you overcome your worries and get the treatment you need.

Oral sedation dentistry has been used by dentists for more than 30 years. It is an absolutely safe method of inducing feelings of peace and relaxation. What’s more, patients who choose oral sedation dentistry often remember little or nothing at all about their appointment afterwards.

Here’s how it works.

During your consultation with us, your doctor will write you a prescription for a commonly used sedative or anti-anxiety medication. Then, when you leave our Canton dental office, you’ll just need to have it filled so you can take your pill on the day of your next treatment.

Because of how powerful the effectives of oral sedation are, you’ll need to have a trusted companion—either a friend or a family member—with you to drive you to and from your appointment. By the next day you’ll be free to return to your regular activities with a healthier smile and improved confidence in your oral health.

To find out how oral sedation from Robison Dental Group can help you, give our Canton office a call today. We’re proud to provide patients from Canton, Ann Arbor, Northville, Westland, and Plymouth with excellent oral sedation dentistry.