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Dental X-rays are an important part of your dental exam, but you may not know much about them. Why do you need them? How often should you get them? Are they safe? These are the questions we’ll cover in today’s spotlight on dental X-rays.

Are Dental X-rays Safe?

Yes! Wichita Family Dental uses digital X-rays along with protective equipment that includes lead aprons and thyroid collars. The digital X-rays capture images quickly and greatly reduce your exposure to radiation while the protective equipment creates a barrier to keep you safe. The American Dental Association (ADA) regularly tests dental X-rays to ensure their safety for both children and adults.

Why Do You Need Dental X-rays?

It would be impossible for your doctor to see all of the details in your mouth with the naked eye. Dental X-rays help your Wichita Family Dental doctor to see inside and between your teeth as well as underneath your gums. These X-Rays can catch cavities, misaligned teeth, abscesses, and other potential problems that would otherwise be missed during a visual exam. This allows your doctor to provide you with the most comprehensive diagnosis and tackle small issues before they become bigger and more expensive.

How Often Do You Need Dental X-rays?

The recommended frequency for dental X-Rays depends on your dental history. As everyone’s oral health is different, your doctor will need to conduct a thorough evaluation of your specific dental needs before determining how often to take X-rays. If you are a new patient or a patient who has not been to the dentist in a few years, your Wichita Family Dental doctor will likely recommend a full series of X-rays to assess your oral health. After that, it will depend on whether or not you keep your regular checkups. The best way to reduce the number of dental X-rays you receive is to practice good oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing twice a day.

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What is Dental Sedation?woman sleeping sedation dentistry wichita ks

Dental sedation uses medication to safely put you at ease during your treatment, allowing your dentist to perform dental work while you remain relaxed and calm.

Why Do People Use Dental Sedation?

Studies suggest that up to 75% of Americans experience fear related to the dentist. People with dental anxiety may avoid necessary dental work, leading to poor oral health and other medical issues associated with periodontal disease. Dental sedation is one way to overcome your fear of the dentist and make sure you maintain a healthy smile.

Who Would Benefit from Dental Sedation?

  • People with a sensitive gag reflex
  • People who have difficulty getting numb
  • People with dental anxiety or fear of needles
  • People undergoing long or complex treatment
  • People who have difficulty sitting still for a long time

What Kinds of Dental Treatment Can I Have While Sedated?

Anything! We can perform dental cleanings, root canals, extractions, wisdom tooth removal, dental crowns, bridges, veneers, dental implants and dentures while you are sedated.

What Are My Options for Dental Sedation?

dental sedation in wichita ks to relieve dental anxietyNitrous Oxide – Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most common method of dental sedation. You will remain awake and able to hear and communicate, but you will feel giddy and euphoric. Its effects wear off almost immediately as you breathe regular air, allowing you to get back to your daily routine quickly. As a result, you can conveniently drive yourself to and from your appointment.

Oral Sedation – Your dentist will prescribe a pill for you to take an hour before your appointment. Under the effects of oral sedation, you will remain conscious, but you will feel sleepy and relaxed. You may have no memory of your procedure. Oral sedation will wear off within a few hours following the procedure. You will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.

IV Sedation – For those patients with longer, more complex procedures, conscious sedation is available. Conscious sedation involves the use of light IV sedation. You will be awake during your procedure, but you will be deeply relaxed. You will need a friend or family member to accompany you as the sedative will take several hours to wear off.

General Anesthesia – While under general anesthesia, you will experience a complete loss of consciousness. You will not see or hear anything, and you will not remember your treatment. A licensed anesthesiologist will administer your general anesthesia. You will need a friend or family member to accompany you as the sedative will take several hours to wear off.

Call our office to schedule your consultation to discuss dental sedation options.

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The Truth About Dental Anxiety

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Studies suggest that as many as 75% of Americans experience dental anxiety. While the doctors at Wichita Family Dental want you to be comfortable throughout your appointment, we understand that there are many reasons people fear the dentist. Some patients have had negative experiences in the past. Others anticipate the pain or dislike needles. Still, others are embarrassed about the condition of their teeth.

Whatever your reason, Wichita Family Dental has a trusted record of easing dental anxiety and providing our patients with a comforting approach to their individual and unique oral healthcare needs. Do you experience dental anxiety? Read on.

Common Signs of Dental Anxiety:

  • Sweating
  • Hyperventilating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Queasiness or upset stomach
  • Low blood pressure and/or fainting

What Happens When You Avoid the Dentist?

woman experiencing toothache in parkWhile dental anxiety can seem insurmountable, avoiding the dentist will have serious consequences. Putting off regular cleanings and exams can lead to bad breath, cavities and tooth decay, gum disease, chipped, broken, or cracked teeth, infection, severe pain, and tooth loss. In addition, research suggests gum disease is linked to heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.

Fortunately, the doctors and staff at Wichita Family Dental treat patients with dental anxiety every day. They are trained to act with compassion and understanding and there are many safe and comfortable techniques that can help you reduce your stress while getting the care you need. If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist, here are 10 tips for staying calm:

10 Tips for Managing Your Dental Anxiety

  1. Find the right dentist.

    Take the time to research dentists in your area before making your first appointment. Read reviews and choose a dentist that caters to people with dental anxiety. Ask them to make a note of your fears when you book your first appointment.

  2. Give yourself plenty of time.

    Don’t add to your stress by rushing to get to your appointment on time. Check the directions before you leave. Jot down familiar landmarks; office buildings can be difficult to navigate. Arrive early. Bring a book or a magazine to keep you occupied while you wait.

  3. Bring a buddy.

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    Ask a close friend or family member to come with you. Having the support of a loved one will help you to relax. They can also hold you accountable for keeping your appointment.

  4. Be honest.

    Tell us about your fears. Dental anxiety is very common and most dentists have a lot of experience with patients just like you. They will understand and they won’t take it personally.

  5. Ask about sedation.

    Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedatives are safe forms of dental sedation that will keep you calm throughout your appointment. Other types of sedation may put you to sleep so you have no memory of your dental procedure. Ask about your options.

  6. Practice relaxation techniques.

    Focus on your breathing. We tend to instinctively hold our breath when we are anxious, but this actually decreases oxygen levels and may increase anxiety. Instead of holding your breath, focus on slow and regular breathing.

  7. Listen to music.

    If the sounds of the dental office bother you, feel free to pop in your earbuds and drown them out with music, your favorite podcast, or an audiobook. We would be happy to provide you with headphones and entertainment as well.

  8. Pack a distraction.

    Bring your phone or tablet and crush candy. Surf Instagram. Scroll Twitter or Facebook. Stash a fidget spinner. Catch up on your reading. Give yourself something – anything – to concentrate on other than your fears.

  9. Take breaks.

    Communicate with your dental assistant, dentist, or hygienist throughout your appointment. Ask questions. Express your concerns. Let them know if you’re not comfortable. Your dental team should be happy to accommodate you in any way that they can.

  10. Schedule your next appointment before you leave.

    Don’t give yourself homework. You’re more likely to return for another appointment if you don’t have to call later to schedule.

Bonus Tip: Schedule Online

If the thought of calling and speaking to someone about your dental needs gives you additional anxiety, find an office that offers online booking and put yourself on the schedule without a single conversation with another person. Wichita Family Dental offers booking via chat and online booking 24/7 for your convenience.

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Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. They are durable, long-lasting, and act exactly like your natural teeth.

Most patients can’t tell the difference between their teeth and the implant tooth. You can eat your favorite foods and brush and floss with ease.

A dental implant crown is so discreet; no one will know it isn’t real. Your Wichita Famly Dental Ceramist will work with you one-on-one to design your crown. They’ll use a shade guide to match your implant crown to the surrounding teeth.

Dental implants can last a lifetime, making them the most cost-effective tooth replacement option. Concerned about the cost? Try our FREE virtual consult and get your questions answered in three easy steps:

1️⃣ Upload a selfie and a face photo.
2️⃣ Tell us what you’d like to change about your smile.
3️⃣ Receive a personalized video with an estimate, and the next steps.

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What is a dental implant?

structure-of-the-dental-implant-wichita-family-dentalDental implants allow people who have lost teeth to eat the foods they want, speak naturally, and smile with confidence. A dental implant is an artificial tooth that consists of:

  1. The Implant – a screw or post that takes the place of your missing tooth in your mouth
  2. The Abutment – a small piece that connects the post to the crown
  3. The Crown – an artificial tooth that is colored and shaped just like your teeth

Why do I need a dental implant?

If you are missing teeth, dental implants are the best option for replacement because:

  • They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
  • They will not slip and cause mumbling or slurring of your speech.
  • They allow you to maintain the shape of your face and your smile.
  • You can continue to eat your favorite foods without embarrassment.
  • They can last a lifetime, making them more cost-effective than other tooth replacement options.

Where can I get dental implants near me?

Wichita Family Dental can place your dental implant and make your implant crown in-house, which means fewer appointments and faster turnaround time.

Who can get dental implants?

Most people who are healthy and have sufficient gum tissue can receive dental implants. Dental implants have a very high rate of success for these patients.

What are dental implants made of?

Most dental implants are made of titanium, a material that is lightweight but incredibly strong.

Which is better – dentures or dental implants?

While both dentures and dental implants replace teeth, dental implants are permanently placed in your mouth, meaning you do not need to remove them. This allows you to speak without slurring and makes maintenance the same as it is for your natural teeth. Dentures may require refitting over time as your bite changes. They can also be dropped or damaged. As a result, dental implants are more cost-effective over time.

How do dental implants work?

The Wichita Family Dental dentist and their dental team will present a customized dental implant treatment plan for you after a careful evaluation of your mouth.

The procedure starts with a small titanium post which is placed where the missing tooth used to be. The estimated healing time for this stage of the process is about 12 weeks.

Once your healing is complete, you will come back in for the abutment that will hold the artificial tooth, or the dental crown. Your Wichita Family Dental dentist will make sure that your dental implant crown matches the color of the adjacent teeth and your teeth’s full function and appearance are restored.

How long do dental implants last?

The titanium post can last your entire lifetime as long as you keep your dental check-ups. The crown may need to be replaced in 15-20 years depending on wear.

How much do dental implants cost?

Your dental implant cost will depend on a number of factors. Book your consultation to get an estimate or try our FREE virtual consultation and get a treatment recommendation and price quote from the comfort of your home.

Why should I get a dental implant?woman smiling with dental implants

Dental implants are the best solution to missing teeth as they provide a permanent fix, and they can help prevent additional damage to the tissue and bone. Implants also instantly improve your appearance and speech and boost your self-confidence. They are durable and they require the same dental care as your natural teeth, which is why they are such a popular choice at Wichita Family Dental. With proper oral hygiene, dental implants can last the rest of your lifetime, making them the most cost-effective option over time.


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before and after cosmetic dentistry dental crownsWhere can I get a smile makeover in Wichita, KS?

Wichita Family Dental provides both general and cosmetic dentistry as well as orthodontics in Wichita, KS. If you’re interested in a smile makeover, now is the time to come in. The beginning of the year is a great time to look into dental work as many dental insurance plans ‘roll over’ and benefits renew. Take advantage of your benefits now.

No insurance? No problem! Our financial advisors will work with you on different options to get the smile of your dreams. Whether you choose dental crowns or porcelain veneers, your Wichita Family Dental ceramist will guide you every step of the way, including financing.

Invest in a smile that will last a lifetime and shine as brightly as you do!

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Porcelain Veneers Before and After

before after cosmetic dentistry dental veneers fix discoloration in wichita, ksPorcelain veneers are a great option for fixing imperfections without damaging too much of the existing tooth structure. Two porcelain veneers covered the discoloration on this patient’s front teeth without the need to shave down the natural tooth. They also maintained continuity with the surrounding teeth for a natural look. Porcelain veneers can give subtle or dramatic results, depending on what you’re looking for. It’s all up to you!

Your Wichita Family Dental Ceramist will work with you one-on-one to design the smile you’re looking for. They’ll use a shade guide to match your veneers to your natural teeth and/or pick out the color you want.

Concerned about the cost? Try our FREE virtual consult and get your questions answered in three easy steps:

1️⃣ Upload a selfie and a face photo.
2️⃣ Tell us what you’d like to change about your smile.
3️⃣ Receive a personalized video with an estimate, and the next steps.

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Where Can I get Invisalign?

itero scanner for invisalign for free smile simulations at wichita family dentalWichita Family Dental offers Invisalign® as well as traditional metal braces to new and existing patients in Wichita, KS and the surrounding area. Our doctors are certified Invisalign providers who also practice general dentistry, so you can get all of your dental needs completed in one location.

Why Invisalign at Wichita Family Dental?

  • Faster treatment: The average treatment time for Invisalign is one year.
  • Better fit: Invisalign Aligners are custom-made for your misalignment, giving a perfect fit.
  • Effective: Invisalign can treat crossbite, overbite, underbite, crowding, gaps, and open bites.
  • Virtually invisible: The material allows you to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
  • Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are removable. That means you can brush, floss, and eat without food restrictions.
  • Convenient: You only need to visit us for check-in’s every six weeks.

Want to know if Invisalign is Right for You?

Come in for your FREE Invisalign consultation and get an iTero® scan! The iTero digital scanning system allows us to take a 3D digital impression of your teeth and show you a simulation of your treatment outcome. With the Invisalign Outcome Simulator, you can preview the final results of your treatment just seconds after completing the 3D digital impression.

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before after cosmetic dentistry dental crowns fix gaps and discolorationWill my Dental Crown Look Natural?

Dental crowns are not just for cracked, broken, or weakened teeth. They can also alter the size, shape, and color of your teeth to give you a more uniform and beautiful smile.

In this case, custom dental crowns from Wichita Family Dental fixed an existing gap and whitened a smile that had some discoloration.

These beautiful, natural-looking results were achieved without sending her case to a dental lab. Our on-site smile designer imaged, designed, and customized her crowns in our Wichita dental office. The patient spoke directly to her ceramist, told her exactly what she was looking for, and got the results of her dreams in less time and with a smaller margin for error.

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