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By Padonia Dental Associates
April 15, 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 Padonia Dental Associates Cockeysville, MD.

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 Padonia Dental Associates Cockeysville, MD. Call 410-560-1400 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today! 

By Padonia Dental Associates
February 23, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

It’s estimated that up to four million people at any one time are wearing braces in the United States and Canada. But our team at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, know that braces have come a long way from the early days of orthodontics, so much so that these days, options are available that are not visible to onlookers. The most popular of these “invisible” braces is Invisalign. Here’s a list of FAQs regarding Invisalign:

Are they really invisible?

Yes, the clear liners are virtually invisible, so they enable patients to feel good about themselves and their appearance while getting the orthodontic treatment they need.

Are there wires, rubber bands, and brackets with Invisalign?

Nope. Invisalign is truly an alternative to conventional braces. The treatment consists of clear liners that can easily be removed and cleaned throughout the day. There are no wires, so there’s less poking and mouth irritation compared to braces. There’s also no wire tightening at adjustment appointments, so patients don’t have to worry about a sore mouth in the days that follow in-office visits.

I’ve heard that if I get braces, I won’t be able to eat certain foods like popcorn and hard candy. Is this true with Invisalign too?

No. With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions. You simply remove your aligners when you’re eating, and replace them after you’ve finished and brushed any leftover food particles away.

Does Invisalign cost more than braces?

While overall cost varies on a patient-by-patient basis and is based largely on the level of treatment, Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces, which makes this treatment option a truly affordable alternative.

How does brushing compare with conventional braces?

Brushing your teeth while wearing conventional braces takes some getting used to. Patients have to brush around the metal brackets and floss with a specialty tool to get into the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. By contrast, Invisalign can be removed at any time to permit regular brushing and flossing.

Every patient is different and Invisalign might not be the best course of orthodontic treatment for everyone, but it's an option that's gaining more and more popularity, and it's an orthodontic alternative that doesn't sacrifice comfort and convenience for results. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please give us a call at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD. Our office can be reached at 410-560-1400.

By Padonia Dental Associates
December 22, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics  

If you have heard someone tell you that your teeth need work or are crooked, it might be time for you to visit with Dr. Rodrigo Vallar, Dr. Rachel Moore, or Dr. Richa Dutta at Padonia Dental Associates. This team of dental professionals specializing in orthodontics in Cockeysville, MD, has what it takes to help you develop a plan to straighten your teeth. But if you are still thinking through the procedure, here are some benefits of orthodontics that should help you make up your mind.

The Benefits of Seeing an Orthodontist

An orthodontist is a specialized dental professional that helps people with dental issues beyond routine cleanings. They help alleviate the stress of dental deformities and make your mouth work well. But here are some of the benefits that can only be found in orthodontics in Cockeysville, MD.

  • You will find your self-esteem has improved since you can now smile with confidence and not worry about people making comments about your teeth.
  • You will find your dental health will have improved since the jaw and teeth are aligned the way they should be.
  • You will be given a personalized plan of treatment to help you achieve the results that you desire for your smile
  • Orthodontics is something that any person can benefit from at any stage of life.
  • Most procedures use the latest technology, which means the bulky equipment and strange gadgets are a thing of the past.
  • You will not have to worry if the work is done right.

There are many things that Dr. Vallar, Dr. Moore, or Dr. Dutta at Padonia Dental Associates can help you achieve with your orthodontics in Cockeysville, MD. They can help you develop a healthy lifestyle that will keep your oral health in good shape for years to come. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call us today at (410) 560-1400 and let us get to work on making your smile better than it already is.

By Padonia Dental Associates
November 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist   Oral Health  

If you are from Cockeysville, MD, and need a family dentist, Dr. Roger Vallar at Padonia Dental Associates is a name you can trust. Dr. Vallar, together with his trusted team, all assist with the community's dental health. Read to understand the importance of oral health in children.

Children's Teeth

Children start to get their primary teeth from about six months of age, and these teeth are temporary but still need to be cared for properly. All children should visit Padonia Dental Associates when they turn one year old so that your family dentist can assess whether your child has any tooth problems.

Oral health should be preventative rather than treatment-based, if possible. Children should brush their teeth twice a day, and if they are under six, it is better to supervise them while they come to grips with learning how to brush their teeth correctly. 

Permanent teeth will eventually replace primary teeth starting from around six years of age.

Why Good Oral Health is Important

Dr. Vallar, your family dentist serving Cockeysville, MD, would like you to know that good habits are the cornerstone of good oral health. Oral health is vital for the following reasons:

Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

By maintaining good oral hygiene and brushing correctly and regularly, you can avoid cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. Caring for your primary teeth contributes to your permanent teeth' health later on, including spacing and alignment.

Overall Health

Strong oral health habits contribute to the overall health of your child. Children with poor dental health may be in pain, which affects their ability to eat, affecting their overall physical development. This also contributes to their mental health. Pain tends to make a person grumpy, and toothache is no exception.

Cognitive Development

Poor oral health may impair your child's ability to learn and grow intellectually. Poor oral health is often associated with weaker school performance.

Early Disease Detection and Chronic Disease

Poor dental health exposes you to the possibility of chronic medical conditions later in life. Similarly, by having regular dental checkups, your dentist may detect early signs of disease, including mouth tumors.

Psychosocial Impact

Children with poor oral health may be withdrawn because their mouth and teeth prevent them from participating fully in a social setting. Isolation is not good for any child.

Contact Us

If you are in Cockeysville, MD, contact your family dentist, Dr. Vallar at Padonia Dental Associates, at 410-560-1400 to make an appointment for your child to have a checkup. Oral health is an important part of their overall health. Dr. Vallar works with Dr. Dutta and Dr. Chae, who can provide orthodontic and endodontic support, respectively.

By Padonia Dental Associates
October 26, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

If getting your teeth whitened is on your dental care list, you should schedule a visit with the Cosmetic dentistry team in Cockeysville, MD at Padonia Dental Associates. Dr. Rodrigo Vallar, Dr. Richa Dutta, and Dr. Youngsook Chae are ready to help brighten your smile.

A Closer Look at Teeth Whitening

When you have your teeth professionally whitened, one of our qualified dentists will use a whitening agent to restore the natural whiteness of your teeth. When the procedure is done properly, the whitening agent will break the stains on your teeth down into smaller particles, which makes the color of the stains less concentrated. The end result is brighter teeth.

Today, there are an array of teeth whitening products available on the market. Although these products offer some whitening benefits, many of them contain abrasives that can do more harm than good to your teeth.

If you want your teeth professionally whitened, you shouldn't replace cosmetic dentistry procedures in Cockeysville, MD with over-the-counter dental products. Consult with Dr. Villar, Dr. Dutta, or Dr. Chae before using these products.

Can You Whiten All your Teeth?

In many cases, veneers, caps, and crowns don't respond to teeth whitening. Additionally, injured teeth that are brown or black don't respond well to professional whitening. Many times black teeth are a sign of a serious problem that one of our doctors should check immediately.

As tooth enamel becomes thinner over time, the inner part of your teeth (known as Dentin) starts to darken, which causes your teeth to slowly turn yellow. Fortunately, this part of your teeth responds well to teeth whitening.

Why Choose a Professional Teeth Whitening

Whiter teeth mean a brighter smile, and most people with stained or discolored teeth want a complete, natural-looking smile. A professional teeth whitening gives you a brighter smile and much more.

  • More Self-Esteem- Stained or discolored teeth suppress your instinct to smile. Whiter, cleaner teeth restore that instinct and give you a natural boost of self-esteem.
  • Improved Oral Health- A professional teeth whitening kills germs and bacteria that cause your teeth to decay. You'll also pay closer attention to your oral hygiene after a whitening.
  • Affordable- Under the scope of dental procedures available today, teeth whitening is among the most affordable. Since your natural teeth remain intact during the process, there's no need to pay for added procedures.

To learn more about the safety and effectiveness of professional teeth whitening, contact (410) 560-1400. The cosmetic dentistry team in Cockeysville, MD at Padonia Dental Associates, Dr. Vallar, Dr. Dutta, and Dr. Chae, are ready to help.  

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