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Laughing Gas Takes the Edge off Dental Anxiety in Baton Rouge

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Wed, Jan 09, 2019

laughing gasThe term “laughing gas” is familiar to just about everyone.  It’s the stuff that the dentist can give you via a mask as dental work is being completed.  It’s well-known for its ability to calm and leave patients feeling a bit euphoric, which makes it an ideal component for any dental practice focused on keeping patients calm and anxiety-free during their treatment, and for the estimated 9 to 15 percent of adults who suffer from dental phobia, it can be a complete game-changer.

What is Laughing Gas?

Scientifically known as nitrous oxide, laughing gas is a fast-acting conscious sedation method.  When administered in the correct dosages by a dentist, it can quickly lead to feelings of relaxation and euphoria.  Patients often report feeling warm, tingly, and calm as the medicine takes effect.  In turn, those who may otherwise be overwhelmed with anxiety or fear instead feel at ease as their dental procedures are completed. 

How Does Laughing Gas Work?

Laughing gas, along with a mix of oxygen, is administered via a small mask that covers the nose.  As the desired effects begin to quickly take place and leave patients at ease, any necessary local anesthetics can be given and the procedure can begin.  Whether a patient’s anxiety is related to needles, drills, or the procedure in general, administering laughing gas first can eliminate them all. 

After all dental work has been completed, the levels of nitrous oxide will be decreased to zero and the flow of oxygen increased.  This will help diminish the side effects of laughing gas and leave patients feeling back to normal.  However, there is a possibility that a patient may feel a slight “hangover” effect for a brief amount of time afterward.

Should You Have Laughing Gas at the Dentist?

Proper dental care is vital to keeping the teeth and gums healthy.  This includes regular visits to the dentist and occasional dental work.  However, fear of the dentist keeps many Americans from seeking the care they need, leading to long-term consequences in their oral health.  Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a safe and effective solution for many who experience dental fear and anxiety, making it possible for them to overcome their reservations. 

In Baton Rouge, Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger uses laughing gas along with a number of other techniques to help patients fully relax and enjoy a stress-free dental appointment.  To learn more about our anxiety-free dentistry options, contact our office by clicking below.

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Anxiety Free Dentistry in Baton Rouge: Taking the Fear Out of Your Next Appointment

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Wed, Nov 28, 2018

AdobeStock_234932071For many people, a trip to the dentist is one of the most dreaded items on their to-do list. Going to the dentist can be accompanied by a fear of pain or discomfort, leading to high levels of anxiety and avoidance. However, if you continue to put off your dental appointments due to that fear, the trip only becomes harder and harder. This is bad for curing your dental anxiety as well as taking care of your oral health.

Here at the Smile Spa, we are adamant about providing our patients with the most comfortable and relaxing experience by creating a soothing and calming environment. But if that still doesn’t alleviate your dental anxiety, it may be time to consider sedation dentistry.

The Smile Spa has a few options to take away most of the pain before you go to the dentist.

Nitrous Oxide Dentistry in Baton Rouge

If you’re looking for a light sedation just to ease your mind, this one is for you! Nitrous Oxide consists of a gas that you inhale during your visit. It relieves dental anxiety and creates a more relaxing dental experience. Once your appointment is finished, you are flushed with 100% oxygen to completely remove any remaining nitrous oxide out of your system, allowing you to drive home from your appointment and go about your normal day.

Pre-medication Before Your Dentist Appointment

For those looking for something a little stronger, pre-medication may be the answer. This option requires that you arrive to our office 30 minutes prior to your appointment to receive your pre-medication in order to relieve any lingering anxiety. It is important to note that you cannot drive after receiving this medication and need to make arrangements for someone to pick you up.

Sedation Dentistry in Baton Rouge

If that still doesn’t sound like enough, you may need to try sedation dentistry or “sleep dentistry”. Mike Ellender, CRNA, of Lake Area Anesthesia INC, uses IV sedation to get you into a peaceful sleep and all vitals are monitored by professionals during your entire visit. This type of sedation provides a quicker recovery time than regular oral sedation. However, patients still need someone to bring them home from the appointment, as driving is not allowed.

Whatever method helps you feel comfortable enough to honor your dental appointment is the best one for you. It is also completely acceptable to ask any dental office about their experience and education regarding sedation dentistry before making a decision. If you are considering any type of sedation dentistry or have further questions, our team at The Smile Spa is happy to help!

 

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3 Cosmetic Treatments That Make Great Holiday Gifts

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Mon, Oct 29, 2018

cosmetic holiday giftsGiving a gift that is both useful and thoughtful is more difficult than it sounds.  When it comes to your closest loved ones, you undoubtedly want to give something that is special and well-received, but that’s a narrow category and one that gets even smaller after taking into account the recipient’s likes, interests, and your own budget.  Perhaps you find yourself falling back into the same old gift ideas each year, and now you are looking for a way to mix things up.  In any case, cosmetic treatments could be just the option you need and what almost everyone secretly wants.  

Why do Cosmetic Treatments Make Good Gifts?

When we look our best, we feel our best, and for many that means fighting back lines and wrinkles or combating problem areas such as thin lips or sagging facial skin.  In years past, addressing such concerns meant undergoing surgical procedures such as facelifts or liposuction or putting faith in unproven products.  Thankfully, that is no longer the case.  Today, looking one’s best is often just an FDA-approved injection away.  Fillers and relaxers have taken over as not only a simpler, more affordable option for maintaining youthful glowing skin, but they deliver more natural looking results as well.  For the special someone on your list this holiday season, consider the following three popular treatment options:

Botox as a Holiday Gift

Botox has become the gold standard among cosmetic injectables.  Although smoothing lines and wrinkles may not have been the intended purpose initially, this relaxer has made a name for itself as a safe and incredibly effective treatment option.  When injected in the right areas and in the proper amounts by a professional such as a dentist, the results are smooth, beautiful, glowing, wrinkle-free, skin that lasts for months at a time. 

Juvederm as a Holiday Gift

Juvederm has a collection of fillers with each formulation serving a different purpose.  Whether it’s lines and wrinkles, hollowing cheeks, or thin lips that are the source of dissatisfaction, Juvederm offers an FDA-approved product to help.  Results are reliable and natural in both look and feel. These products can last from a year to two depending on the location and product.  Even better, patients who are seeking lip fillers needn’t worry about permanence should they not like the results.  Because Juvederm is composed of hyaluronic acid, it is easily “erased” with an enzyme injection.

Microneedling as a Holiday Gift

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure designed to thicken the skin and reduce common signs of aging by promoting the production of collagen and elastin.  Microneedling is performed with the use of a tool or pen with 11 tiny needles at the tip.  These needles are used to create micro-punctures in the skin’s surface.  In response, the body treats these punctures as wounds and ramps up cell turnover, collagen, and elastin in an effort to heal them.  With a series of 4-6 microneedling treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart, most patients can achieve optimal results with noticeable improvement in skin’s elasticity and smoothness.  This is just one of many services that can be purchased for a gift of beauty at Kelly’s Laser Aesthetics.  You can view all available services and purchase gift cards on line at www.kellyslaseraesthetics.com

So, are you ready to step up your gift-giving game this year?  If so, click below to contact The Smile Spa, and inquire about the services above, and be prepared to give your most useful and appreciated holiday gift yet!

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Lip Filler Questions Answered: Debunking the Myths

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Fri, Sep 28, 2018

lip fillersFrom 2000 to 2015, lip augmentation procedures in the U.S. skyrocketed by 50 percent.  In the age of social media and the selfie, many point to celebrities such as Kylie Jenner who regularly share photos highlighting a more voluptuous mouth as the driving force behind the spike.  However, the introduction of increasingly natural and safe lip filler options has also been a factor.  More now than ever before, patients can achieve the look they desire without fear of surgery, allergic reaction, or permanent changes to their appearance.

Still, despite the ever-growing popularity of fuller lips, myths that have developed over the course of less refined procedures remain in the minds of many.  Here are a few common concerns that often surround the process of lip injections, along with the facts that patients should really know.

Lip Augmentation will Cause Wrinkles around the Mouth

There is a misconception that increasing the size of the lips through temporary fillers will stretch the surrounding skin and eventually lead to wrinkles around the mouth.  Fortunately, this is not the case.  Not only will lip augmentation not contribute to wrinkles after the product dissolves, it may actually offer mild improvement of wrinkles around the mouth while present.

Poor Lip Filler Results Cannot be Corrected

Perhaps the biggest fear that holds patients back from any given cosmetic procedure is that if they are not pleased with results, they will be stuck with them.  While a certain degree of refining can be done in most procedures, we can certainly understand this hesitation.  In fact, there are some filler options (poly-l-lactic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite) that require a year or sometimes more to break down completely.  However, this is one of the reasons we do not use these particular options for the lips.

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm not only offer a natural look, they are also easily reversed.  If displeased for any reason, patients can have the filler immediately dissolved with the injection of an eraser enzyme (hyaluronidase).

Fillers Stretch out Your Lips

Similar to the concern of mouth wrinkles, patients often fear that the added volume to their lips will leave them stretched out and deflated once the product dissolves.  In reality, anyone receiving lip injections can discontinue the treatment at any time without harming the appearance of their lips.  While the fullness may dissipate over several months to two years, the elasticity of the lips remains unaffected.  In fact, the best lip fillers actually stimulate the body’s own natural collagen production, helping to thicken the skin. 

Lip Augmentation Doesn’t Look / Feel Natural

Here is where the product and provider really come into play.  In the end, the ultimate purpose of lip fillers is to provide increased volume that retains a natural look and feel.  When done properly, no one other than the patient and physician should know that injections have been used.  Of course, such results depend on a high level of skill and experience.  For the best possible results, patients should seek out a doctor who is highly trained in the maxillofacial region and who regularly performs the procedure. 

As for the product, hyaluronic acid options currently offer the best look and feel for the lips.  When placed correctly and in the appropriate amounts, these fillers leave the lips volumized and soft to the touch.

If you are considering lip augmentation, the most important steps you can take are to thoroughly research your product and provider options.  Your level of satisfaction will depend entirely on getting these two factors right.  To learn more, contact The Smile Spa and request a consultation with our own specialists, Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger.

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The Dangers of Tobacco Use on Your Oral Health

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Mon, Aug 27, 2018

smoking and oral healthBy now, the ill effects of tobacco are well documented.   It has been linked to such major health concerns as lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illnesses such as COPD.  At this point, it seems that there are few health problems for which smoking is NOT listed as a risk factor, so it should come as no surprise that the habit of smoking can lead to some serious damage to the teeth, gums, and overall oral health as well.  Yellowing of the teeth and bad breath may be the most recognizable association, but these are just the beginning of dental health concerns for tobacco users.

Smoking Increases the Risk of Cavities and Gum Recession

Smokers are twice as likely as non-smokers to experience cavities in their teeth or recession of the gums, which can lead to decay and tooth loss. In fact, smokers are far more likely to require root canals and fillings than people who choose to be tobacco free.

Smoking Increases the Risk of Gum Disease

Smokers are twice as likely as others to develop forms periodontal disease, or gum disease, such as gingivitis, which can break down bone and tissue, lead to the loss of teeth, and has been associated with other major health concerns like heart disease.  These patients may also not respond to gum disease treatments as well as non-smokers.

Smoking Reduces the Ability to Fight Infection

Smoking works against your body’s natural ability to fight off infection and weakens the immune system. This means that smokers are more likely to get sick than others.  It also means that they have a more difficult time recovering from illness and treatments necessary for other smoking-related illnesses can be exceptionally difficult.

Smoking Increases the Risk of Mouth Cancers

While lung cancer is most commonly associated with smoking, it is far from the only one.  Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco greatly increase a person’s risk of developing cancer in the mouth, tongue, and cheek.

There are several other health concerns in addition to these regarding smoking and tobacco use. If you would like more information, visit the surgeon general’s website to see other health risks involved with tobacco usage.

Monitoring and maintaining oral health is important for everyone but particularly for those who use tobacco.  If you use cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, schedule an appointment with Dr. Russo-Mounger to evaluate the current state of your oral health.  Then, keep up with recommended follow-ups to ensure than any issues are caught and addressed as quickly as possible.  While quitting is the best way to protect your health, remaining vigilant in your dental care is also a vital component.

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Botox Myths Exposed

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Mon, Aug 20, 2018

Botox MythsFor decades, Botox has been helping patients ease the look of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles.  Whereas some treatment options have come and gone or slowly dwindled in popularity, Botox remains a continuous go-to for those looking to fight early signs of aging. 

With such a long track record of success, you may think Botox would be impervious to the myths that so often accompany similar products.  Unfortunately, despite many years of proven success, misunderstandings still abound.  While it is important to understand that no treatment comes without the potential for side effects, it is equally important to be able to distinguish legitimate concerns from myth. 

Myth 1: Botox Will Make My Face Look “Frozen”

Possibly the most common concern about Botox is that it will leave patients expressionless and plastic in appearance.  While you may want to look younger, it should also look natural.  The quality of your results will be a direct correlation to the quality of your provider.  Do some research before having the treatment, and ensure that your chosen Botox provider is experienced and skilled in delivering desirable results.

Myth 2: Botox Can Be Used Anywhere on the Face

Botox is powerful, but it has a very specific cosmetic use.  Because it works by relaxing facial muscles, Botox is only useful for dynamic wrinkles, or those that result from movement.  This includes wrinkles that occur between the brows, on the forehead, or around the eyes.  Wrinkles that occur due to age or sun exposure are static wrinkles and require the use of a filler instead.

Myth 3: Botox is Painful

For most patients, Botox results in mild discomfort at most.  Injections cause only a slight pinch as a fine needle injects a very small amount of liquid.  While the total number of injections needed will vary by patient and some may experience side effects such as headaches, the vast majority handle injections quite well with no complications.

Myth 4: Botox Can Lead to Botulism

Botox is, in fact, derived from botulinum toxin.  However, it is just that, a derivative, and comes only from the isolated protein.  Whereas botulinum toxin can lead to serious health concerns such as botulism, Botox recipients needn’t be concerned.  The treatment was officially approved for cosmetic use in 2002 and has been safely treating fine lines and wrinkles ever since.  

If you are giving Botox serious concern, don’t be dissuaded by pervasive myths.  While the treatment won’t be right for all patients or even all wrinkles, it has maintained its long-term popularity for one very important reason – it works!  To learn more about Botox performed in Baton Rouge, contact the The Smile Spa where Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger and her team are waiting to give you a flawless Botox experience.

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Baton Rouge Botox FAQs

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Wed, Jun 20, 2018

AdobeStock_74943356With a product as popular and widely used as Botox, there comes a fair amount of questions and the occasional misconception.  Perhaps you have a friend who has recently had treatments, or you’ve seen enough before and after photos that you’ve finally started giving this particular treatment option some serious thought.  Whatever the case, now that Botox is on your radar, you likely have a few questions as well.  That’s where we come in.

Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger has been expertly injecting Botox for beautiful, natural-looking results for years.  And, after all this time, she’s not only developed quite a knack for delivering consistent, desirable results, she’s also learned a lot about this long-standing facial relaxer.  As a result, The Smile Spa team decided to take this knowledge, combine it with some our most commonly asked patient questions, and develop this Botox FAQ guide just for you!

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is a facial relaxer, but in the world of cosmetic injectables, it is often confused with facial fillers.  Because Botox does not fill in space, but rather relaxes the facial muscles, it is only useful for dynamic wrinkles, or those that occur as a result of muscle contraction.  Static wrinkles that occur due to age and loss of volume will not be improved with Botox.

Where on the Face can Botox be used?

Botox is FDA-approved and works very well for reducing the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles found between the brows (frown lines) and around the eyes (crow’s feet).  It is also quite effective when used for dynamic wrinkles occurring on the forehead, along the side of the nose (bunny lines), and around the mouth. 

How Long Does Botox take to Work?

Actual injection of Botox is quick, taking around 10 minutes.  The results, however, will begin to be seen within 24-48 hours of treatment and will continue to improve over the course of the next 2 weeks.  Once achieved, Botox results should last for about 3 months.

What are Common Botox Side Effects?

Botox is very safe and side effects are relatively rare.  Those side effects that are noted are generally mild and resolve quickly.  These may include temporary redness or light bruising at the injection site.  Your provider can further discuss these and answer any questions during your initial consultation.

How Much Does Botox Cost?

A reputable practitioner will charge according to the number of units of Botox required.  This means that the total cost will vary based on the area being treated and the amount of Botox needed.  On occasion, you may be able to find savings opportunities through provider-hosted special Botox events or by putting together your own Botox party.

If you still have questions regarding Botox or are simply ready to get started, contact The Smile Spa to schedule a consultation.  During this appointment, you can discuss your areas of concern, ask any additional questions, and make a determination if Botox is the best solution for you!

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Facial Fillers vs. Relaxers: How are they Different, and Which do You Need?

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Thu, May 24, 2018

The Smile Spa Facial Fillers vs. Relaxers: How are they different and which do you need?Every day you look in the mirror, and gradually, the reflection you see begins to change.  It may begin with a line here or a wrinkle there.  You may notice areas of your face are beginning to sag or appear less full than they once did.  Of course, these changes may not necessarily be surprising.  After all, we all know that time and age can lead to such things, but that knowledge likely won’t make you feel any better when it happens to you.

So, what are you to do when such bothersome signs of aging begin to crop up on your own face?  Fortunately, today’s patients have many more options at their disposal than in years past.  Among the most effective and popular are facial relaxers and facial fillers.  But, what are the differences between the two, and how can you know which should be used for your particular area of concern?  No worries; that’s what we’re here for!  Read on to learn more about the unique capabilities of each of these popular cosmetic treatment options.

What are Facial Fillers Used for?

When lines and wrinkles seemed to be permanently etched into the skin, whether facial muscles are contracted or relaxed (static wrinkles), facial filler injectables such as Restylane and Juvederm can help.  Likewise, these same products are often ideally suited for replacing volume loss in areas such as the cheeks or the lips.  By supplementing the body’s own, naturally occurring substances such as hyaluronic acid to restore volume and moisture and by stimulating cell turnover and collagen production, facial fillers are able to make the skin appear young, fuller, and supple once again.

What are Facial Relaxers Used for?

Facial relaxers such as Botox are what most patients think of when they consider a cosmetic injectable.  However, these products have a very specific use that is much different than fillers and that won’t be right for all types of wrinkles.  Unlike fillers, relaxers treat lines and wrinkles that are dynamic in nature, meaning those that are only visible with muscle contraction such as raising your eye brows or squinting in the sun.  By relaxing the involved muscles, these products are able to diminish or eliminate issues such as forehead lines, “11’s”, crow’s feet, or bunny lines, for months at a time.  For most patients, treatment with these products three to four times per year are plenty to keep skin looking taut and smooth.

Facial fillers and relaxers have revolutionized the cosmetic industry.  No longer is it necessary to go under the knife to achieve natural, younger looking skin.  In fact, the results from such injectables typically offer far more natural, not to mention safer, results than their old school alternatives. 

Are you ready to turn back the clock?  Contact The Smile Spa, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger to determine which product is best suited for the results you desire.

 

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3 Lip Filler Tips for Baton Rouge Patients

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Lip fillersCelebrities have long inspired our fashion trends and most desired looks.  From clothes to hair color to physical features, Hollywood sets the course.  Years ago, Angelina Jolie inspired women across the nation to seek out fuller lips.  Now, a younger crop of celebrities such as Kylie Jenner have caused lip fillers to skyrocket to an all-time high in popularity.  More than 20,000 lip procedures were performed in 2015.  That’s the equivalent of a lip procedure every 20 minutes. 

Of course, such trends often come with a downside.  For instance, the widespread “Kylie Jenner lip challenge” resulted in bruising, swelling, and pain, if not scarring or permanent damage, for many who tried it.  Fortunately, there is a far safer, more effective way to get the look you desire through lip filler injections.  Start by following these guidelines, and ensure that the final result is one that you will be pleased with.  Here are our tips:

Use a Dentist for Lip Fillers

Lip fillers and similar cosmetic procedures are available from a wide-range of providers, but patients should always look for one who has extensive experience and a medical background.  Dentists, in particular, undergo advanced training and have a higher level of familiarity than most with the oral and maxillofacial areas, or, in other words, everything from the forehead to the chin. They can also keep you the most comfortable during these procedures by giving you dental nerve block injections to have you completely numb during the lip procedures.  This is an advantage because these filler injections in this area can be painful with only a topical numbing gel.

Select Your Lip Filler Product Wisely

If you have taken time and consideration in choosing your provider, selecting the appropriate products should be a relatively simple task.  By far, the most popular options are those that use hyaluronic acid (HA) such as Restylane and Juvederm.  Renowned for their natural look, these temporary fillers have many benefits.  Typically, results occur almost immediately and last for the next 6-9 months, and the filler can be “erased” at any time that you become displeased with the results.

Be Realistic in Lip Filler Expectations

Not every look suits every patient or is even achievable for every patient.  Work with your provider to determine what type of result is most feasible and desirable for you. You can even pick and choose which areas to fill depending upon your facial features and desired outcome.  Just remember that while you can look to celebrities or others for inspiration, only you and your doctor can determine what is best for you. Another thing to remember and understand is that our facial features are not symmetrical and so when implanting fillers you must realize that those asymmetries will still exist.  Some can be corrected with filler, but some cannot.  You must always have realistic goals and know that perfection is something we strive for but is very hard to truly achieve.

If you are considering lip fillers to enhance your appearance, Dr. Russo of the Smile Spa can help.  Schedule a consultation where you can discuss your concerns, your desired results, and the ways that our team can help you achieve an aesthetic outcome that you will love.

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Growing Trends in the Dental Industry in 2018

Posted by Dr. Aimee Russo-Mounger on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

dental trendsOver the past several years, most businesses have looked for ways to increase their relevance and build customer satisfaction.  In our fast-paced, technologically-advanced world, it’s easier than ever to find what we want, when we want it, and to determine who is most qualified to provide it for us.  Today, all industries, including medical, must shift their focus to more convenient, customer-centric operations, heightening the consumer experience however possible.  For dental practices in particular, this has resulted in a few exciting trends on the horizon, many of which we are proud to already offer at The Smile Spa:

Fast and Pain-Free Dental Procedures

Fear of the dentist is fairly common, and in most cases, this fear is grounded in a belief that dental work will be slow and painful. To combat these anxieties and encourage more patients to seek out the dental care they need, dentists are finding ways to make procedures as quick and comfortable as possible such as offering new and innovative services like the following:

  • CEREC Crowns- Rather than suffering through bad-tasting impression material and ill-fitting temporary crowns, CEREC crown technology uses digital images of the tooth to create a precise ceramic crown that is cut, stained, glazed, and cemented into place in one to two hours! Patients can leave their appointment immediately ready to eat and return to work or other daily activities with a beautiful tooth color matched strong porcelain crown that if taken care of can last a lifetime.
  • Six Month Smiles- Tooth alignment can be adjusted at any age given that the teeth and gums remain healthy. However, the lengthy process and unappealing look of metal braces often deter adult patients. Six Month Smiles uses clear wire and tooth colored brackets to minimize the appearance of braces and focuses on straightening the front teeth for the most significant visual impact in the shortest amount of time.  
  • Sedation Dentistry- Anxiety no longer has to be an issue with sedation dentistry.  There are many ways to relieve anxiety and fear while having all dental procedures from the cleanings to full mouth work.  Nitrous Oxide gas allows you to relax during your appointment but still drive yourself to and from and to return to your daily duties right away.  Another options is oral medication administered by the doctor 30 minutes before the appointment.  It will leave you more heavily sedated and relieved of all cares and fears.  You will need a driver to and from the appointment and will not be able to return to work or drive for 4 hours after the appointment.  Lastly, IV sedation is offered by outsourcing a nurse anesthetist who puts you COMPLETELY to sleep for the entire appointment and monitors all your vitals and airway the entire time.   You will need a driver to and from your appointment with limited daily activities the rest of the day.

Cosmetic Procedures at the Dentist Office

Cosmetic dental procedures to improve the aesthetic of one’s smile have become quite popular over the years.  And, in 2018, such services will only continue to improve:

  • Teeth whitening- Traditional teeth whitening was an expensive and time-consuming process, requiring specially-fitted trays and a bleaching gel to be used at home consistently for two weeks to get any noticeable results. Today, in-office whitening procedures have revolutionized this service, giving patients improvements of 4 to 6 shades in an hour or even less.   
  • Lumineers- Porcelain veneers are a great way to minimize the appearance of bothersome imperfections such as chipped or broken teeth, small gaps, misalignment and discolorations. However, this is again a service that can traditionally be quite time-consuming. Lumineers, on the other hand, offer the same benefits in a much shorter amount of time, taking just two appointments and require little to no reduction of the natural tooth’s surface and NO ANESTHESIA (NUMBING OF THE TEETH!)

Additionally, many dentists are recognizing that if patients are considering cosmetic dentistry for an improved, more youthful appearance, it stands to reason that they may be seeking other cosmetic procedures as well.  For this reason, there is an increasing practice model in which dentists are teaming up with dermatologists and aestheticians to make a trip to the dentist a one-stop shop to treat not just the teeth but the ENTIRE FACE including services such as:

  • Botox and facial fillers done by the dentist
  • Profractional Therapies
  • BBL laser
  • Chemical Peels
  • Micro-Laser Peels
  • Micro-needling
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Dermalplaning

Turning the Dentist Office into a Spa

Dentists are aware of just how stressful and scary a trip to their office can be. In order to make patients feel more comfortable, many, like The Smile Spa, are offering spa-like amenities to make patients look forward to their visit and feel more comfortable in the office:

  • Robes and slippers
  • Digital TV with headphones for TV’s or Radio
  • Heated neck wraps
  • Parafin hand wax with Mitts while cleaning your jewelry
  • Herbal eye masks, lip balms, and aromatherapy creams,

If going to the dentist twice a year is crucial to the longevity and health of your teeth and gums. Dr. Aimee Russo and the team at The Smile Spa are here to make everything about your visit easy and stress-free. We combine state-of-the-art technologies and spa-like amenities with the dental procedures you need in order to create an experience that is not only highly effective, but also relaxing and enjoyable.

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