Archive for March, 2013

Sedation Dentistry Catonsville: Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Sedation dentistry provides a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for some people receiving dental treatment. It enables those with fear of the dentist to receive the care they need in comfort and safety and with minimal anxiety. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, 30 percent of Americans avoid the dentist due to fear.

What Is Sedation?

Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state through the use of sedatives instead of traditional anesthesia. Sedative drugs (tranquillizers, nitrous oxide, etc.) can be administered in a variety of ways. In the past, intravenous (IV) sedation was predominantly used for dental patients. Today, however, sedation dentistry has evolved to be even more conducive to a relaxing experience, with alternatives that many people find more appealing.

Oral sedation dentistry is now the most common technique used in the U.S. to quell fear of the dentist. It’s easy and requires no needles. Best of all, the medications create such a comfortable experience that most patients don’t even remember the visit; it’s as if they slept through the treatment. In reality, oral sedation dentistry maintains some patient consciousness for safety and cooperation.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Among the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when it might actually have taken hours. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments.

Also, because sedation dentistry addresses some of the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis, sedation patients are more likely to receive recommended routine care. As a result, they’re less likely to neglect their oral health or let dental problems build to the point where drastic treatments become necessary.

Affinity Dental Associates: Sedation Dentistry Catonsville

We understand that not everyone can sit through all dental procedures or even sometimes the numbing process associated with traditional anesthesia. In order to offer comprehensive dental treatment to as many patients as possible, Affinity Dental Associates is licensed and equipped to sedate and treat patients:

  • Who avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety or fear of dental pain or dental procedures.
  • Who are physically or mentally challenged and unable to cooperate in their dental care.
  • With time constraints and the need to have their dental care performed in as few visits as possible.

If you have any questions about Catonsville Sedation Dentistry, (or any other aspect of dentistry, for that matter), please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

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  1. – by Allison DiMatteo; reviewed by Michael Silverman, DMD

Cosmetic Dentistry Catonsville: LUMINEERS, Porcelain Veneers

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

So what if nature didn’t give you a perfect smile. Why should you have to live with a subpar smile? Well, you don’t have to. Now you can have the smile you have always wanted with LUMINEERS®, porcelain veneers. LUMINEERS are a safe, painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored, or misaligned teeth.

Benefits of LUMINEERS

  1. Permanently Whiten Teeth
  2. Fix Uneven Spacing
  3. Reshape Awkward Teeth
  4. No Painful Fitting
  5. LUMINEERS® can even bond to existing crowns and bridgework without having to replace them

So what makes LUMINEERS better than the average, everyday porcelain veneer?

  1. Unlike traditional porcelain veneers that require removal of sensitive tooth structure, no anesthetic is required for LUMINEERS®.
  2. The porcelain used to create LUMINEERS® is extremely strong. Because of this, LUMINEERS can be made much thinner than traditional veneers. In fact, they can be made as thin as a contact lens and are translucent enough to look like your real teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference…not even you!

Let the smile of your dreams come to reality! Schedule a consultation with Affinity Dental Associates, who can show you how your smile can be improved with LUMINEERS® BY CERINATE. Affinity Dental Associates is your source for LUMINEERS in Catonsville, Maryland.

Affinity Dental Associates: Cosmetic Dentistry Catonsville

The dentists at Affinity Dental Associates have over 170 years of combined experience delivering exceptional dental care to our patients. They and the rest of the oral health professionals at Affinity Dental Associates strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable.

If you have any questions about Catonsville Cosmetic Dentistry, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


  1. Dental Health and Veneers WebMD